The Daintree National Park was added to the World Heritage List in 1988 in recognition of its universal natural values.
The area is estimated to be 135 million years old and is the oldest living tropical rainforest on earth. It is one of the most diverse and beautiful examples of Mother Nature in the world, home to a large range of plants and animals, and all are found within the largest area of rainforest in Australia - an area spanning approximately 1200 square kilometres.
This World Heritage Listed area contains the highest number of plant and animal species that are rare, or threatened with extinction, anywhere in the world. The Daintree Rainforest is a unique area, precariously balanced between the advances of development and the warnings of environmentalists.
The Daintree Rainforest contains 30% of frog, marsupial and reptile species in Australia, and 65% of Australia's bat and butterfly species. 20% of bird species in the country can be found in this area. And it all lives in an area that takes up 0.2% of the landmass of Australia.
With approximately 430 species of birds living amongst the trees, there is 13 species that are found nowhere else in the world.
Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa exudes a sense of exotic remoteness, but is easily accessible.
The Cook highway from Cairns offers a feast of scenery ranging from secluded palm fringed beaches, hidden coves and rugged headlands, the rich green of lush sugar-cane fields, through to the mist shrouded rainforest clad mountains. Rated as one of Australia's top scenic drives.
Follow the highway north from Cairns past the Port Douglas turnoff, and follow the signs to Daintree Village. No turn-offs or ferry crossings are required.
The Daintree Rainforest in Australia provides one of the best examples of tropical environment in the world. It is part of a region in Tropical North Queensland called the “Wet Tropics.” It receives vast amounts of rain, however this usually occurs in torrential downpours that last only a few hours at a time during the Australian summer months (Jan-March). When it’s not raining, usually the sun is out highlighting the vibrant colours of the rainforest and the sea.
The rainforest has about 120 days of rain per year, with an average of 2013 mm falling per year. Floods develop quickly in the river when rain is plentiful. In the wet season of 1996, record flood levels swamped roads and properties throughout the Daintree region. Statistics gathered at the rainfall station recorded 606 millimetres of rain falling in 24 hours on March 6th of that year.
Climatic data was first recorded in the Daintree Rainforest in 1884, and has continued every since. The average minimum temperature is 21-22 degrees Celsius and maximum of 28-29 degrees. Temps in the rainforest are surprisingly mild due to the protective canopy layer of tall trees. The air is often humid but cool.
The highest recorded temperature is 36.7 degrees Celsius. The lowest recorded temperature is 8.9 degrees Celsius. Sea temperatures range from 23 degrees in July (winter) to 29 degrees Every season in the Daintree region offers a different, unique experience. The climate is truly tropical with the Dry Season, roughly May to October, offering warm days and cool nights with low humidity. November to April is generally the Wet Season when the heavens frequently open releasing torrential rain, and the days and nights are hotter. The most popular season for visitors tends to be during the cooler Dry Season although many people take advantage of the Wet Season months, between November and April, when the region is not as crowded, the weather is very often superb and everything is looking lush and green with all the creeks and waterfalls running to capacity.