Daintree National Park, Australia : Tourist Guide

By on Jan 08, 2015

Known for the biodiversity of its rainforest, Daintree National Park is one of the most visited parks in Australia. Located in Far North Queensland, the park was included in the World Heritage List of UNESCO in 1988, mainly because many of the species of flora and fauna in the rainforest can only be found there and nowhere else on earth.

How to Get There

If you’re planning to visit Daintree National Park, then one of the best ways to get there is to fly into Cairns, which is the nearest airport. The park is a two-hour drive from the airport. Public transport is also available although you will have to request a detour to the park since it is not exactly on the route.

If you would rather join a tour, instead of navigating the park on your own, then there are a number of tour operators servicing the park. Some of the tour operators, like Marina Mirage, not only offer day tours, but also diving lessons as well.

Places to Visit

Daintree National Park is divided into two sections: Mossman Gorge and Cape Tribulation. It is important to note that although the sections are huge, much of the land area is not accessible. However, the areas that are accessible have been developed for the benefit of visitors.

Mossman gorge is famous for its sparkling clear waters. There a couple of walking trails that will either lead you further into the jungle, or along the river and on to the beach. Cape Tribulation offers more walking trails. Some even take you along the stunning beaches. Driving trails are also available if you want to get to see more of the national park while you’re there.

Accommodation

The only official camping grounds in the park is the Noah Beach Campground. However, this isn’t the only place you can stay. Throughout the park are pockets of privately owned lands where the owners allow campers.

If you prefer a more hospitable environment, the Rainforest Hideaway is a perfect place to stay and be in the middle of the rainforest at the same time.

Safety

Before you start exploring the rainforest and getting in touch with nature, there are a few things you should know that will likely keep you away from danger or even save your life. As a general rule, it is best to look, not touch. Many of the wild animals and plants in the rainforest are dangerous. For example, the cassowaries are birds that can cause major injuries if you approach them or attempt to feed them. Even taking photos with these big birds is not recommended.

Rivers and creeks seem like great places for a swim. Unfortunately, crocodiles are abundant and may be looking for their next meal. It is also illegal to feed the crocs, mainly because of the dangers involved.

There may be many things that you shouldn’t do when in the park, but don’t let these destroy your experience. Park management has placed warning signs at locations that can be dangerous. Just make sure you pay attention to those signs and you’ll still be able to enjoy your visit.

Photos of Daintree National Park

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