World Heritage Listed Rainforest

The area north of the Daintree River has been largely untouched by mass building and deforestation due to strong action by various groups to keep it as an untouched “wonderland”.

A large contributing factor to this may well be the lack of electric power to the area. It has served in protecting the rainforest and allows visitors to enjoy the natural beauty of a place where many stages of evolution began.

Every element of the forest works together in a remarkable way, unbeknown to most infrequent visitors.

History

In 1981 the Australian Conservation Foundation accorded rainforests major priority status. This enabled the land to be proclaimed as World Heritage Listed, making it untouchable for building or to clear for commercial use.

We have relics from old Gondwana land, a southern sub-continent that existed 100 million years ago.

Much of the wildlife known throughout the world today can be traced back to this very location.

The Value

  • There is an untapped potential to find life-saving drugs as many of the rainforest plants are not found anywhere else in the world or in Australia.
  • Due to the first stages of evolution occurring in the rainforest, the strongest gene pool originates right here. This offers the potential to yield new crops, fruits and other sources of energy.
  • The largest contribution in the current environmental climate is that of oxygen – pure oxygen with the richness only found only in the lushness and density of the rainforests.

Pristine Beaches

The Daintree is the only place in Australia where the rainforest meets the reef. With white sand, clear blue water and lush rainforest, it is easy to see why this is such a unique holiday destination.

The tropical fish and marine life are plentiful as no commercial fishing is permitted.

The nearest beach, known as Cow Bay, is just a short 10-minute drive up the road, it is the least touristy beach in the area and enjoys some fantastic views.

Thornton Beach is 15 minutes north, towards Cape Tribulation and has a nice cafe (CJ’s Bar and Grill) where one can enjoy views out to the ocean.

Daintree Weather

Naturally it rains in the rainforest. The average wet season receives about 3500mm per year. However, it does not rain all year round and we generally have beautiful warm sunny days for most of the time.

May-October

The drier season in the rainforest. Milder conditions but still warm. Usually about 25° C. Spurts of rain can be expected.

You are more likely to spot crocodiles during these months as they feel cold in the water and will bask in the sun to get warm.

It offers sunshine, fresh breezes and low humidity.

Best time for swimming in the ocean as there are no stingers.

November-January

Warmer months, with more wildlife activity and less rain. Very balmy and warm with high humidity and warm temperatures. Lovely, if you enjoy swimming in the rain or dancing in the rain!

January – April

Considered the wet season but can often be sunny and fine right up to January.

Balmy temperatures of up to 30°C with higher rainfall. Expect tropical downpours early morning and in the afternoon with the occassional electrical storm at night.

It is a beautiful time of year, with the rain storms and much of nature really coming to life.