The Greater Daintree Rainforest has existed continuously for more than 110 million years. The balance of Primeval Forest and the intrusion of civilisation is extremely delicate. Most importantly, it represents the largest surviving tract of tropical lowland rainforest on the Australian continent, remnant of Gondwana land.
The former Douglas Shire (now part of Cairns Regional Council) is a small rural region on the coastline of North East Australia. It is the only place in the World where two World Heritage Areas meet - the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Daintree Rainforest. Over 80% of the former Douglas Shire area is World Heritage listed.
Our Wet Tropics region is less than 0.1% of Australia's total land mass, yet contains an astounding amount of various species including Australian birds, plants and wildlife. The Daintree Rainforest contains 430 species of bird. An estimated 13 are found only in the Daintree. Of the 135 species recorded on the Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa property, 4 species are rare – Great Billed Heron, Black Bittern, Little Tern and Beach Stone Curlew.
On a two-hectare block in this rainforest, there is more than the total number of tree species in North America or Europe. Using the criteria of the ancient flowering plants, Daintree Rainforest has the largest number of species. A few of the Interesting Ancient Plants found in the boundaries of the property include King Fern or Giant Fern, Cycad Palm and the Ylang Ylang tree – an extravagantly perfumed tree producing unusual flowers. The perfume is included in massage oils, perfumes and even dried flowers. The fruit is important food for the rare Wompoo Fruit Dove. This Dove is featured as the logo for Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa.
Boasting beautiful beaches, untouched rainforest, river systems, urban land, farmland and Aboriginal land, the former Douglas Shire’s economy is built on a relatively new tourism industry and an established agriculture sector.
The area accommodates a million visitors every year and produces cattle, a variety of fruit crops and a million tonnes of sugar cane. It also has one of the oldest intact surviving Indigenous communities in the world – the Kuku Yalanji. The beauty of the Daintree region is due to the variety of nature featured, a total of 8 wildlife habitats - billabong, open grass land, mangroves, riverine, lowland rainforest, creeks, cane to estuary habitat. Of Australia's 36 mangrove species, 28 are found in the Daintree. The majestic Daintree River is home for estuarine crocodiles, over 200 species of fish and 70 crustaceans.
"In two hectares of Daintree Rainforest there are more species of trees than you would find in all of North America or Europe" - Dan Irby, Mangrove Adventures.
Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa takes advantage of the pure natural spring water which originates from the property's own pristine waterfall. This water provides total supply for guest usage and resort operations and is regularly tested by the authorities as the purest water in the region. This is nature at it's best!
Very few places are left on our planet where we can enjoy tourism experiences in such a pristine environment - breathing pure air, bathing and drinking the purest of water from ancient rainforest waterfalls… two precious commodities taken for granted. Scientists and researchers have discovered rare and endangered species of bird, wildlife, plants and fungi on the property. Some fungi which grow in nothing less than 99% pure air... just a glimpse of how special and unique Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa is!