Daintree Rainforest

A visit to Port Douglas lets you tick off visits to two world wonders, so as well as your Reef tour, make sure your itinerary includes the ancient Daintree Rainforest.

This pristine environmental paradise is home to many rainforest tours, water activities, and cultural experiences, including the Indigenous ecotourism venture Mossman Gorge Centre.

This region is famously known as where the rainforest meets the Great Barrier Reef.

What makes the Daintree Rainforest so unique?

The Daintree is highly biodiverse, and a significant portion of Australia’s wildlife species can be found there.  The Daintree Rainforest is exceptional because of its incredibly complex ecosystem, which makes it unlike any other rainforest and further distinguishes it from all others.

This area is part of the World Heritage-listed Wet Tropics of Queensland.

When is the best time to visit?

The best time to visit is during the cooler, drier months of May through September.  During this period, the maximum temperature averages 26 degrees Celsius, the humidity is minimal, and the weather is comfortably warm.  Due to the rainforest’s protective canopy of thick trees, temperatures there are surprisingly pleasant.

Are there crocodiles in the Daintree Rainforest?

It is estimated that there are about 70 adult crocodiles in the Daintree River.  Daintree River Cruises are popular for visitors to site crocodiles.

Crocodiles are predators in their natural environment, and everyone should take caution.