Daintree is a small tourist centre for some of North Queensland's most beautiful tropical rainforest.
Location: 111 km north of Cairns; 56 km from Port Douglas
Places of interest: McDowell Ranges; Daintree River; Daintree National Park; 'Big Barramundi'; Daintree Rainforest Discovery Centre; Timber Museum
Historically Daintree was first settled in the late 1870s and early 1880s by timber cutters who were searching for cedar trees in the rainforest. At the time there were large stands of red cedar near the river and the loggers moved the felled timber down the river by constructing rafts from the logs and some of their original tools may be viewed in the Daintree Timber Gallery. For over 25 years, the Timber Gallery has sought out only the most unique species of wood to create their world famous vases, bowls and other natural works of art.
Explorer George Dalrymple discovered the Daintree River in 1873 and wrote at that time; "no river in North Australia possesses surroundings combining so much of distant mountain grandeur with local beauty and wealth of vegetation" and this still holds true today. Daintree was first settled in the late 1870s and early 1880s by timber cutters who logged the large stands of cedar trees then found in the rainforest. They were followed by dairy and beef farmers, though today the mainstay of the local economy is tourism.
Origin of name: derived from Daintree River, which was named by George Dalrymple (1826-1876) explorer, public servant and politician, on 6th December 1873, after Richard Daintree (1832-1878) geologist and photographer who was also Queensland's Agent-General in London.
The Daintree Cape Tribulation Rainforest in North Queensland Australia is one of the most diverse and beautiful examples of Mother Natures work in the world. This ecologically unique rainforest is home to the most extensive range of rare plants and animals on earth, and all are found within an area of approximately 1200 square kilometers the largest chunk of protected tropical rainforest in Australia.
The Daintree Cape Tribulation rainforest is a World Heritage Listed area and contains the highest number of plant and animal species that are rare, or threatened with near extinction, anywhere in the world. The Daintree Cape Tribulation Rainforest is a unique area, precariously balanced between the advances of development and the warnings of environmentalists. There are so many things to do and things to see in the Cape Tribulation & Daintree Rainforests, you have the choice of a Day Tour or Overnight Accommodation and spend a few nights in a luxury eco resort or wilderness lodges or simply glamping or backpacking with a few mates.
The beaches of the Cape Tribulation Daintree Rainforest region are rated among the most spectacular in the world. The tropical warmth combined with dazzling sunshine and crystal clear calm water makes you wonder if this is what heaven could be like. One of the most wonderful features of Daintree beaches is the lack of people. Stretching for miles, you can cast your eyes along the golden sand and not see a single soul, just the trees waving at you in the breeze.
The tropical rainforest is home to the most diverse range of plants and animals on earth. The Daintree Cape Tribulation region supports species of plants and animals that have existed for millions of years and are integral to the ecosystem not just of the Daintree Rainforest, but of other areas around the world too. As difficult as it may be to imagine, what happens in the Daintree Rainforest affects what happens on the other side of the planet.