Daintree National Park: A Visitor’s Guide

January 18, 2018

If you’re keen on embracing and exploring incredible natural wonders on your personalised Australia holiday, don’t miss out on the opportunity to discover one of the world’s oldest rainforests. Located in the far north of Queensland, this tropical gem is definitely worthy of your time and energy.

A Guide to Daintree National Park

Daintree National Park is home to a vast expanse of tropical forest, which dates back thousands of years and houses one of the most diverse ranges of animal and plant species on the planet. There are species of both plants and animals that cannot be found anywhere else in the world here, and it’s worth taking time to learn more about the significance of the rainforest and the hugely important role its biodiversity plays.

You can take a guided tour or drive yourself and then explore on foot. Tours are fantastic because they enable you to learn as you hike, but some people prefer to meander at their own pace.

There is an array of different activities on offer within the national park, and you can choose to explore in a number of ways. Take a relaxing boat trip, try out some of the hiking trails or test your mettle with a canopy surfing adventure. You can also enjoy the views from a treetop track, discover the rainforest at night with an eerie evening walk or get the adrenaline pumping with a zip line experience.

Aside from hiking, you can also enjoy fishing, bird watching, orienteering and mountain biking. If you’re after a more sedate experience following a day of action and adventure, take the trail to Cape Tribulation and relax on the white sand beach.

Planning your Trip

From time to time, Daintree National Park experiences extreme weather conditions, so it’s well worth checking the forecast before you travel. In the summer, torrential downpours are fairly common but they tend to be short-lived. If you plan to take a tour, have a look at the options and consider which kinds of activities you’d like to try. There’s scope to go all-out and get your pulses racing, but you can also take things much more steadily. Take a trip to the visitor centre to find out more and plan your itinerary, and keep an eye out for incredible animals, plants and birds along the way. It’s worth bringing a small backpack with you to carry water, snacks, sunscreen and a waterproof, and sturdy walking shoes are highly recommended.

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