A Daintree Rainforest tour is something incomparable. This beautiful piece of nature will definitely have a big impression on you. This rainforest is really unique and it is one of the main attractions in whole Australia. There is so much to explore and one day is almost not enough. You will have a wonderful time walking through this almost untouched forest. That’s for sure. It was easily one of the coolest spots I have seen in Queensland and I guess, it will be the same for you.
Incomparable Daintree Rainforest tour – A tropical Paradise
I have been to lots of wonderful spots in Australia and on all my trips in general – read more here. I have seen the most impressive wonders of nature you can possibly visit, even though there is a loooot more to come. All the crazy adventures I have done so far will stay in my mind for the rest of my life and I still have a lot of time left to make even greater memories. I learned a lot through travelling already – read here.
But one thing, which really impressed me was the Daintree Rainforest tour. Me and my girlfriend went to this forest during our Queensland coastline road trip and had a look at it on our own. I have never seen something comparable, even though I had been to sensational natural wonders before. The pure power and the rawness of it just left me speachless. It really did.
So I can say straight from the start – do a Daintree Rainforest tour or you will miss out on something…
Daintree Rainforest tour: History and facts
The Daintree Rainforest is one of the oldest forests in the world. It is a protected UNSECO World Heritage sight and it has a total size of 1.200 km². Because of the fact that the Daintree has the biggest continuous area of rainforest, it is the largest rainforest in Australia.
The Daintree Rainforest is named after “Richard Daintree”, who is an Australian geologist/ photographer. During your Daintree Rainforest tour you will get told at the entry area, who owns the forest and how it is divided. Most of the land is protected by the goverment, but some parts of it belong to some private families. Back in the days you could find a lot of aboriginal tribes, but not anymore. One place where you can still get in contact with them is at the tourist information/ entrance area.
The Daintree rainforest is full of life. It inhabits multiple different animals:
- 90 % of Australia’s bat and butterfly species
- 7 % of all the bird species in Australia
- 3 % of frog, reptile and marsupial species
- More than 12.000 different species of insects
One thing, which has to be mentioned additionally, is the discovery of the “idiot fruit”. It is one of the rarest and primitive plants on the planet. Most biologists and scientists were very suprised, which shows the value of these kind of rainforests. And the fact that we allowed to do a Daintree Rainforest tour to see these wonders, is just absolutely brilliant.
Daintree Rainforest tour: Costs and where to stay
You have many options on where to stay on your Daintree Rainforest tour. It really depends on how you want to do your trip. I rented a car to do my Queensland road trip, which is the best option in my opinion. If you don’t have you own car, you can also take a Greyhound bus. They mostly have the cheapest offers to get from A to B anywhere in Australia.
You will also find various hostels and hotels everywhere along the way. So it is basically not a problem at all to find a place to stay. If you have your own car, I recommend to stay at hidden spots, because in Australia camping is only allowed at proper camping grounds.
But I have to be honest to you. At that time, I did not want to pay for that, so we just parked somewhere, where the police could not find us. Just open your eyes a bit and watch out for a good parking spot. You will save a lot of money. But it is your own risk 😉
The costs for a Daintree Rainforest tour vary. This one is 205 $ for example. But you could also just go on your own. You will only pay for the ferry (24 $ return ticket) to get to the part where Cape Tribulation is and the entry fee at the Daintree Discovery centre. Other than that, you only pay for the fuel and fare costs.
Daintree Rainforest tour: Highlights and what to do
The Daintree Rainforest tour has many highlights. I loved everything about it. The untouched nature, the raw wildlife, the history, etc. I am just really happy to explore cool places I have never seen before. So for me, the whole tour itself already was a highlight.
But when it comes down to name some places, I would recommend anyone to have a look at Cape Tribulation. This is the place where James Cook almost sunk his ship. It is a small bay in the middle of the jungle and it is really beautiful. You can see some mangroves, different animal species or just hang out by the beach. It’s also a UNESCO World Heritage sight.
Besides that, you should definitely have a look at Mossman Gorge. This is a really pretty ravine, which goes through a big part of the Daintree Rainforest. To get there during your Daintree Rainforest tour, you will have to pass some old chain bridges and walk along some very vegetaded paths. Pretty cool!
The Daintree Discovery house is quite cool as well. You will get a lot of exciting information about the forest and its history. Additionally you can stop by at the Bathouse, do a boat tour (sometimes you see some crocodiles 🙂 ), visit the aboriginal tribes or go to the etomological museum.
Whatever you decide to do, just make sure to soak it all up, because it is an experience you will probably never forget 😉
Daintree Rainforest tour: What I have learned
The Daintree Rainforest tour told me a lot again. And in my opinion it is something very important. Everyone knows the following already, but we all sometimes seem to forget those kind of things. It might be a little generalized, but:
Everything valueble you do in life needs time
Saying this maybe seems a little cheesy, but nowerdays our world is so fast, we don’t really have time to think about certain things. I found for myself, that, if you are at a stage of life, where you have a normal 9 to 5 job and live a life like almost everyone else does, maybe a life, that does not full fill you completely (I call it “stuck in the rat race”), than you maybe do not even want to think about certain things. And that is totally understandable. I mean, you have important things to do and it is easier not to take your time to think about the important stuff in your life, right?
What I think
In my opinion, that’s completely the wrong way. I know everyone has a different opinion, but I think we should all get out of our normal enviroment once in a while or maybe even for a longer term. It will do you good. It will get your head free. You will feel relieved and energized again. Believe me…
It really took me a lot of time to realize this and the Daintree Rainforest tour helped me with that. Looking at this incredibly beautiful forest, which is millions of years old, just showed me that everything, no matter what it is, takes its time.
Building a business needs time…
Developing as a person needs time…
Constructing a your own house needs time…
And the growth of a beautiful rainforest also needs time…
I think you get the point… so even, if you might be stuck in a certain situation or you maybe have a hard time at the moment or whatever it might be, just take a break and try to realize, that everything needs time. So be pacient.
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