The Daintree/ Cape Tribulation Rainforest
Less than an hours drive from Central Plaza Resort accommodation lies the
Daintree / Cape Tribulation Rainforest, where the rainforest meets the
World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, an area north of
Daintree River and village. The Daintree Cable Ferry provides access into
the Daintree / Cape Tribulation Rainforest area. This area is accessible
by conventional vehicles except during periods of heavy rain when it is
recommended access by 4WD only be used.
It's a little known fact that the Daintree Rainforest, an ancient World Heritage-listed wonderland in our own backyard, is older than the Amazon. It's here the green mantle of the forest slopes plunge to the tropical waters of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, where fringing reefs grow almost to the shore. No where else in the world can you experience these two natural wonders side by side - where World Heritage-listed reef and rainforest actually meet.
From the Daintree Village, the wonder of the Daintree and Cape Tribulation
is on your doorstep. About 3,000 plant species from 210 families are found
in the rainforest. Twelve out of the world's 19 families of primitive
flowering plants grow here and within these families, there are at least
50 species found only in the rainforest. While many of the plants in the
rainforest have been around for millions of years, there are ferns that
have been around for much longer.
You can make your own way into the Daintree via the Daintree Ferry. It's the only cable ferry in tropical Australia, and drops you on the southern part of the lowland Daintree Rainforest. The ferry operates from 6:00am to midnight every day.
There are plenty of day trips and activities to choose from including Aboriginal-guided rainforest walks with the local Kuku Yalanji people, river wildlife cruises, guided bird spotting, Cape Tribulation safaris, river fishing, horse riding and bike riding, exploring secluded beaches and 4WD safaris. It's one of the best driving adventures around and it's right on Port Douglas' doorstep.
(Rainforest day tours can be arranged for you by our tour information centre- Don't forget to ask about our day tours to the Daintree and Cape Tribulation)
Photos of the Daintree Rainforest and Cape
Tribulation on this page are supplied by Tonys Tropical Tours
Thank you Maf & Tony