Daintree Rainforest – Oldest Tropical Rainforest
Daintree National Park located near Cairns in the northeastern part of Queensland, Australia is the oldest tropical rainforest in the world, originating somewhere between 50 and 100 million years ago and its 7,080 square kilometers (2,734 square miles) makes it the second largest in the world. It is listed by the World Heritage Organisation as one of the world’s most unique natural places in Australia and is home to the largest variety of animals and plants on earth.
Swimming, snorkeling, sailing and hiking are among some of the activities enjoyed by visitors of the majestic Daintree Rainforest. Relaxing to the sound of rare birds and exotic animals in this tropical paradise adds up to an unparalleled, unforgettable experience.
1100-year-old giant twin Bull Kauri Pine trees, the tallest in the world, have their enormous roots sunk here in the peaty soil, while their tops tower nearly 45 metres above the rainforest canopy. Of the 40 fern species in the rainforest, the King Fern has the world’s longest fronds. With 3000 known species of plants, it is no wonder the lush green Tropics are referred to as the emerald of Australia.
Tree kangaroos, bats, gorillas and crocodiles are among the long list of the animals that inhabit the magnificent rainforest. Daintree claims over 150 kinds of freshwater fish, including the colourful rainbow fish and hundreds of species of birds, many unique to the rainforest and some on the endangered list.
Daintree National Park
Established in 1962, Daintree National Park was set up to protect the rainforest from mining, logging and road-building. One of the biggest reasons the world considers Daintree such a precious jewel is the uniqueness of the plants and animals found there. It is a very special environment and needs to be respected so it can cast its spell of wonder for generations to come.