Who owns the Daintree National Park?

Who owns the Daintree National Park?

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 02/25/2022

Reading time: 2 mins

The Daintree National Park is one of the world’s most stunning natural wonderlands, a vibrant living organism that is 10 millions years older than the Amazon itself!

From its fascinating ubiquitous wildlife to its aeons-old Indigenous history, to its lush forest canopy to the dreamy Cape Tribulation, the Daintree rightfully holds its place as one of the world’s most beautiful regions.

The traditional owners of the Daintree are the Eastern Kuku Yalanji people, who have lived in the region for thousands of years. They proudly offer heritage walks that teach visitors all about their connection to the land and local traditions.

Let’s take a closer look at the heritage walks as well as some of the other unforgettable Daintree experiences that await your arrival:

Kuku Yalanji heritage walks

The Kuku Yalanji lived in the Daintree region for countless centuries before European arrival, and they offer amazing guided tours that teach all about this spectacular rainforest and their connections to it.

On these walks you will be taken past traditional bark shelters, traversing gentle tracks and learning all about local bush tucker and herbal medicines. You will finish the walk with a traditional smoking ceremony to cleanse and frighten off bad spirits before enjoying delicious bush damper and tea – it’s the perfect way to become better acquainted with this enchanting part of the world!

Croc-spotting tours

The Daintree Rainforest is one of northern Australia’s favourite crocodile hangouts, and why not? The dense forest floor and murky Daintree River have long been the perfect hangout for this prehistoric predator, who roams the waterways in search of a feed and a place to chill.

This also makes for the perfect croc-spotting location, on a boat, in fact, with a knowledgeable guide who will point out these magnificent reptiles as well as some of the other animals that inhabit the forest!

Cape Tribulation

The only thing that could make the Daintree any better is a stunning beach, and Cape Tribulation just so happens to be one of the most stunning in all of Oz!

Exit the jungle and come out onto one of the country’s dreamiest coastlines, where you can feel free to meander about or laze upon the pearly white sand as you reflect on what has surely been a truly enriching experience in the world’s oldest living rainforest…

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.