The Daintree Rainforest is
famous for its visual splendour and verdant rainforest-clad mountains that plunge
dramatically to the deep sapphire blue of the Coral Sea and to the magnificence of the
Great Barrier Reef.
This is Australia's most prestigious rainforest.
Village Tourism Association:
The picturesque Daintree Village nestles on the southern bank of the magnificent Daintree
river, only 1½ hours drive from Cairns and 45 minutes from Port Douglas.
Although only 100 locals inhabit the village, it exists as
a thriving and pleasurable ecotourism destination; with a myriad of birdwatching tours,
rainforest walks, river cruises, and aboriginal guided experiences available: A nature
Many birds, butterflies, and marsupials abound the area
with over 455 bird species recorded; many are easily seen within the township.
The critically endangered cassowary is a particularly
special, and commonly seen inhabitant of the rainforest.
Large saltwater crocodiles (crocodylus porosus) inhabit the
Daintree river and are commonly seen on river cruises. Other reptiles, frogs, bats, and
insects are abundant; many of which are unique to this part of Australia.
The countless species of trees, ferns, and funghi are often
referred to as containing "the future cure to cancer."
Most accommodation in the Daintree boast extraordinary
locations deep within the rainforest, with regular bird and animal visitors.
Because most accommodation is set upon the mountains, they
also are lucky enough to have sweeping views of the ocean and river.
A must visit for anyone with a passion for all things
Air charters and scenic air tours around the top of Australia.
This area is incredibly wildlife rich, and as a result it is essential you pack your
binoculars, a good camera and some patience.
Many rainforest waterfalls and natural swimming holes are
scattered around the area, so bring something to swim in... although, many are so private
you could probably just bring your bithday suit.
Red Mill House.
Situated just 2 kilometres from Daintree Village, Cloud 9 is set on a pole in 15 acres of
forested mountainside. While the retreat is about peace, tranquility, comfort and absolute
privacy there's also badminton, a spa, sunning deck and extensive tropical gardens.
A private up market getaway, ideal for a romantic interlude, stress-free breaks, small
conferences, incentives, birdwatchers, nature lovers and those seeking soft adventure --
set in 30 acres of lush ancient rainforest in the World Heritage Daintree National Park.
Self-contained, air-conditioned, bed and breakfast bungalows on a lovely secluded 30-acre
property near the World Heritage listed Daintree National Park.
A small intimate lodge offering tranquility amongst the World Heritage rainforest. Range
of activities availble including guided rainforest night tours, horse riding, river
wildlife cruises and Great Barrier Reef snorkelling and diving.
Red Mill House
Bed and Breakfast:
The spacious verandahs of Daintree's Red Mill House are relaxing places to while away the
hours reading, chatting and watching the wildlife. The Little Kingfisher may be seen
visiting the pond, or you may bump into a White Lipped Green Tree Frog.
Birdwatching River Tours:
Chris has been conducting a wildlife observation river tour at dawn in an open boat since
early 1992. Along with other wildlife, Chris has targetted 3 difficult bird species for
visiting birdwatchers -- the Great-billed Heron, Black Bittern and Little Kingfisher.
What would a trip to the Daintree be without a cruise on the river. The types of cruise
are as various as the characters who drive the boats. Choose from small (4 person)
cruises, specialised, eg. Bird-watching cruises, estuary cruises, and larger boats,
including one with an alcohol licence (not for the driver!).