Daintree Rainforest, Port Douglas

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The prehistoric rainforests of Daintree and Cape Tribulation National Parks cover 1200 square kilometres, making up the largest virgin tract of rainforest in Australia, and is the second largest in the world.

The Daintree Rainforest is the oldest tropical rainforest on earth and contains trees which have been present for over 3000 years. The ecosystem is considered to be one of the most biologically diverse and environmentally important areas in the world.

The Daintree Rainforest is home to the greatest concentration of endangered plants and animals in the world. If you are lucky, on your trip to the Daintree, you may come across the very special Cassowary, an endangered, flightless bird which stands to approximately 1.75 metres high.

A visit to this unique part of the world is high on the list of many visitors’ itineraries. A 45 minute drive from Port Douglas takes you to the famous Daintree River, where a number of excellent river cruises may take you up close to an estuarine Crocodile, or where you may find a number of beautiful birds, frogs and snakes.

Once across the river by car ferry, the road is tar sealed and accessible by conventional vehicles up to Cape Tribulation. Beyond here, the Bloomfield Track, leading on to Cooktown is Four Wheel Drive only.

The choice is yours as to whether you would like to explore this area in the comfort of your own car, or if you would like to join one of the excellent small group tours which leave from the Lychee Tree front door.

The benefit of having a guide as you travel into the Daintree cannot be underestimated. There are many amazing plants, animals and insects which can be spotted and explained with the help of an experienced set of eyes!

If you choose to self-drive, the Lychee Tree Tour Desk is able to assist with ideas for your day, from recommended Daintree River Cruises to some great walking trails, eateries and picnic areas.

Why not try Jungle Surfing, or sample some Exotic Fruits or Daintree Ice-cream? Try Horse Riding through the Rainforest or you may choose to Kayak around the famous Cape Tribulation, spotting turtles if you’re lucky!

The Lychee Tree Tour Desk is able to help you decide how you would like to discover this unique environment. A personalised itinerary can be created on your arrival to allow you to make the most of your day in the Daintree.