Aging more than a 100 million years old, The Daintree Rainforest is regarded the oldest rainforest in the world. It is a World Heritage Listed site with a spectacular ecosystem combined with the beauty of Cape Tribulation and the Great Barrier Reef. It contains some of the rarest plant and animal life on earth. This includes very old plant lineages that can be found nowhere else in the world. The Daintree Rainforest is the only place on earth where two world heritage listed sites are side by side – where the rainforest meets the reef.
The Flora of The Daintree Rainforest
Some say that the Daintree Rainforest is like a time capsule of earth’s evolution. Why? It contains some of the most ancient and extinct ferns and flowering plants on the planet. An example would be the Idiospermum Australiense, or Idiot Fruit Tree which is a very old flowering plant that is found ONLY in the Daintree Rainforest.
As you explore The Daintree, you will find the world’s largest fern, the King fern. You will be welcomed by the magnificent giant trees and palms that cover the roof of the rainforest. If you’re a nature lover and are looking for a great place to see some of the world’s most precious treasures, the Daintree Rainforest is a must-see destination to explore!
The Fauna of The Daintree Rainforest
The Daintree Rainforest covers only 0.1% of the entire landmass of Australia but the interesting part is, it homes one-third of Australia’s reptile and marsupial species, 65% of bat and butterfly species and 12,000 different insects – and Cape Tribulation Beach House is right in the middle of it! Nestled among this amazing wonder.
There are particular species that everyone loves to see in the rainforest. One of these is The Daintree’s iconic giant bird, the Cassowary. You might be lucky to spot one at the Daintree Discovery Centre.
Other rare and endangered species found in the rainforest include the Ulysses butterfly, White-lipped frog, Saltwater Crocodile and different types of birds.
The jungle also contains a number of little creepy crawlies and fuzzy creatures. For the nature lover, the rainforest is truly a wonderland to explore. Then Daintree may be full of weird and scary species but you really have nothing to be afraid of. They will not hurt you as long as you don’t harm them.
The Daintree Rainforest is for everyone!
The Daintree is not only for the brave souls who like exploring the great outdoors. In fact, adults and kids love it here too – there is much to see and do. And with Cape Tribulation nearby, there are even more reasons to visit this place.
There are heaps of thrilling activities to try here such as the Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours which allows you to see the rainforest’s beauty through and over tree tops.
We also encourage our guests to grab a torch and go for a night walk – a perfect opportunity to see creatures that cannot be seen during daylight.
Backpackers and adventurous couples will surely love it here – it’s a great place to see the best of both worlds, the rainforest and the beach. It’s also excellent for school groups and families who want to experience a combination of adventure and relaxation. Not to mention it is a great place for weddings, honeymoons and romantic getaways.
One day is not enough to see all that the Daintree has to offer. Accommodation in the Daintree is not a problem. At Cape Tribulation Beach House, there is a style and budget for everyone. It’s the only beachfront accommodation in the area and only walking distance to rainforest and reef tours. Sounds expensive? Absolutely not! You can stay in private or shared rainforest cabins or dorms and savour the ultimate nature experience at a very affordable price. Cape Trib Beach House is also a member of the YHA.
We would definitely love to have you here as a guest at Cape Tribulation Beach House where you arrive as guests and leave as friends!