Why is the Daintree Rainforest Special?

The World Heritage Listed Daintree Rainforest is located north of Cairns in the tropical land of Queensland. It is famous throughout the world and brings more than 400,000 visitors of travellers to Australia annually. But why is it so special?

It is Big and Ancient

It is one of the oldest rainforests in the world, dating back 180 million years. This is roughly 10 million years older than the famous Amazon Rainforest. The Kuky Yalanji people, a community of the aboriginals, have reportedly lived within the area for thousands of years. It is where the rainforest meets the reef, the reef being the Great Barrier reef. It is the only area on earth where two world heritage listed sights are side by side. As well as being old, it is huge! The Daintree Rainforest covers approximately 1,200 square kilometres and is the largest tropical rainforest within Australia. That is around 16 times the size of Singapore.


It is bursting with spectacular wildlife and is one of the most biologically diverse rainforests in the world. With birds, reptiles, insects, and marsupials, this rainforest holds a huge percentage of the entire country’s animal population. 30% of Australia’s frog population, 65% of butterfly and bat and 18% of birds. Some species found nowhere else in the world. Its diverse range in even one type of creature is astounding. For example, it is home to roughly over 12,000 different insect species.

The plants are just as interesting, with over three thousand types of plant species existing in the Rainforest. There are both unique and ancient plants scattered within. The ‘Idiot Fruit’ is one of the most ancient plants amidst the rainforest, a beautiful pink flowering plant that thrived when dinosaurs wandered the earth. With some of the biggest trees, the tallest tree is a whopping forty-four meter, almost the same size as the statue of liberty. As well as exotic plants, including the Black Sapote, otherwise known as the Chocolate Pudding Fruit, a unique type of fruit that tastes like chocolate! Now that’s special!

The Gateway

Finally, the Daintree Rainforest is the gateway to the Cape Tribulation. The Cape Tribulation is a coastal area within the National park and combines its unspoiled beaches with the beautiful reefs as well as the rainforest. It is a sliver of paradise and is untouched by urban development. When travelling to Queensland, a trip to Cape Tribulation is not possible without seeing the magnificence of the Daintree Rainforest.

Explore our Cape Tribulation and Daintree Rainforest Tour today!

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