The great barrier reef, the world's largest coral reef, lies a short distance off the north-east coast and extends for over 2,000 kilometers (1,250 mi). Daintree /Cape Tribulation is situated on the east coast of Far North Queensland in an area also known as the Wet Tropics.
There are surviving species of the earliest flowering trees which first appeared over 100 million years ago when dinosaurs ruled the land.
It is also the second largest virgin tract of rainforest after the Amazon rainforest in South America.
The Greater Daintree area starts with the upland rainforests of the coastal mountains which merge with the lowland rainforests of the coastal plains. Further out to sea this coastal fringe reef is replaced by the main body of the
Great Barrier Reef. It is truly a magnificent and breathtaking sight.
The Daintree River is about 150 kilometers long. From its source in rainforests high up on the Atherton Tablelands, the river travels north and east before descending south eastwards to the coast.
Wildlife of the Daintree
In the Daintree there is an enormous range of plants and animals to be found including tree kangaroos, flying foxes, cassowaries, dragon lizards, salt water crocodiles, tree frogs, Giant Birdwing Butterflies and countless species of trees, ferns and fungi. There are over 455 bird species alone including the Great Billed Heron, musty rat-kangaroo, Black Bittern and little Kingfisher.