Daintree

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

Timber Museum and Gallery

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.

Brief history

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.


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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.

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