Top 5 things to do in the Daintree Rainforest

Top 5 things to do in the Daintree Rainforest

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 03/25/2024

Reading time: 3 mins

The oldest rainforest in the world deserves to be explored while you’re in North Queensland.

The Daintree Rainforest is a 180 million year old rainforest, making it the oldest rainforest in the world. The tropical lush rainforest has plenty to discover within the 1200-kilometre squared area in North Queensland.

Here are five things to do in the Daintree on a day trip or over a weekend getaway.

1. Daintree River cruise

Daintree River Cruise

Experience cruising down the Daintree River between the tall rainforest trees with a chance to spot a crocodile. The river cruises are around an hour to an hour and a half where you learn about the ancient rainforest and the history from the local guide.

2. Cool off at swimming holes

The Daintree Rainforest has plenty of swimming holes where you can dip into some water after a day of exploring. Some popular swimming holes in the rainforest include Mason’s Swimming Hole, Emmagen Creek, and Cassowary Falls. All swimming spots are surrounded by the rainforest and have clear waters.

3. Visit Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation is best known as the only town where two World Heritage sites meet, the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. There are plenty of ways to explore Cape Tribulation from walking along the beach or the rainforest to experiencing a thrill of a zipline!

4. Explore the Daintree Discovery Centre

For one of the best ways to see and learn more about the Daintree Rainforest, the Daintree Discovery Centre is the best place to explore. Here you can walk through the treetops along the boardwalk, walk up the 23-metre canopy Tower and see the the Daintree across five different levels.

Inside the Interpretive Centre, there is a range of interactive displays where you can learn more about the ancient rainforest.

5. See the picturesque views from Mount Alexandra Lookout

Mount Alexandra Lookout

The Mount Alexandra Lookout is one not to miss while exploring the Daintree Rainforest! The lookout is past the Daintree River and on the way towards Cape Tribulation.

You’ll have beautiful coastal views across the lush rainforest, and Daintree River mouth that opens out towards the ocean. You even have a chance to see Low Isles and Snapper Island in the distance.

But truly the most amazing part of this view is how you see two World Heritage sites, the Daintree and the Great Barrier Reef! The view from here is remarkable and one of the best lookout points in the Daintree.

Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward turned his travel passion into a thriving Australian tourism business. Before he co-founded his own business, Sightseeing Tours Australia, he was enjoying being a Melbourne tour guide. Even now, Cameron delights in helping visitors from all around the world get the most out of their incredible Australian trip. You’ll see Cameron leading tours or writing about his favourite Australian places where he shares his local insights.