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Whilst there’s truth in childhood happiness aligning with the latest electronic device, when planning the ultimate family holiday, the Daintree Rainforest provides a thrill of a completely different kind. From lush tropical rainforest to pristine beaches, exotic bird species and nearby fringing reefs, let us share why family accommodation in the Daintree Rainforest should be a front-runner when choosing your next family holiday destination.

Spend Your Next Family Holiday In The Daintree


A 90-minute drive north of Cairns, you’ll find family-friendly Daintree accommodation nestled amongst the rainforest canopy of the Daintree Ecolodge. The private eco-friendly bayans (treehouses) are the perfect base for on-site family fun exploring the private waterfall, indoor pool, diverse flora and fauna and discovering nearby landmarks such as Mossman Gorge, Cape Tribulation, the Daintree River, Atherton Tablelands and the Great Barrier Reef. With à la carte breakfast inclusions, a restaurant catering to every dietary need, and childminding services on standby, the Daintree Ecolodge totally earns a top spot on the best Daintree Rainforest family accommodation list.

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Things To Do

Give a kid a pool and they’ll be occupied for hours, but the Daintree Ecolodge has plenty more family-friendly experiences on offer. Whether it’s Jungle Surfing on a zip-line through the rainforest canopy, boomerang throwing on a guided indigenous nature walk, snorkelling with colourful Nemo lookalikes on the Great Barrier Reef or crocodile spotting on the Daintree River, there’s an abundance of activities to keep boredom far from sight. For those seeking more adventure, take advantage of the year-long sunshine and TV-free bayans to create lifelong memories with a guided 4WD adventure through Cape Tribulation, horse-riding on the water’s edge of Myall’s Beach or gelato sampling at Daintree Ice Cream Company. With an itinerary featuring this much potential for fun, you’ll be the coolest parents around.

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Dining In The Daintree

At the Daintree Ecolodge’s family-friendly accommodation, the notoriously tricky mealtime situation is flipped as the team of chefs delivers effortless dining experiences to please every member of the family. Refuel each morning with à la carte breakfast options included in your room rate, and when lunch time rolls in, immerse your family in nature with a birdwatching gourmet picnic prepared by the in-house chefs. When the time arrives to enjoy some time away from the kids, book the childminding service and allow Julaymba Restaurant to take care of the rest. Serving up some of the finest locally sourced produce from the Daintree and nearby Atherton Tablelands region, Julaymba Restaurant creates a dining experience you’ll never forget.

Explore the local Region (Cape Trib, Mossman and GBR)

For more of the best family holiday ideas in the Daintree, then spread your wings and explore everything the local region has to offer, using the Daintree Ecolodge as your base.


Unspoilt Cape Tribulation is located not too far away. It truly is a place where time has stood still and is one of the few regions where the ocean and the rainforest collide in magical wonder. You can stroll along deserted tropical beaches, feeling like the first person to set foot on the sand. There are also stunningly clear water holes to take a dip in when you need a break from traversing the breathtaking coastline.


Mossman is another fine destination that should be on your list of family holiday ideas. It’s located at the foot of the mountains and is also home to the famous Mossman Gorge. The town itself is surrounded by sugar cane and hosts historic pubs and art galleries. Once you’ve explored the town, head on up to Mossman Gorge to experience nature at its best.


Of course, the Daintree Rainforest is right next to the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef, so no visit to the region would be complete without getting out on the reef to do some snorkelling. Enjoy the colourful coral and schools of reef fish. You might even spot a turtle, a dolphin or a manta ray.


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Experience a Daintree River Cruise

Cutting a path through the Daintree Rainforest is the majestic and ancient Daintree River. The best way of experiencing all the natural wonders the river has to offer is on a Daintree River Cruise. There are a number of different operators who offer river cruises, from a one hour daytime cruise or a two hour sunrise or sunset river cruise.


There is a very large population of crocodiles living in and beside the Daintree River, so if one of your goals is to do some crocodile spotting, then a cruise down the river will provide you with ample opportunity.


Aside from crocodiles, the area is also home to abundant wildlife, including tree snakes, frogs, large spiders and a colourful assortment of native birds. You get to view it all up close and personal from the safety of the boat.


As you cruise the waterway and wind your way through this ancient mangrove estuary, your onboard guides will be there to point out wildlife along the banks, or to help you spot crocs in the river.


Best of all, the Daintree Jetty is located just a short drive away from the Daintree Ecolodge, making this a great family holiday idea.

Take a Scenic Helicopter Flight

At nearby Port Douglas, you can launch off on the family holiday idea of a lifetime, provided by the team at Nautilus Aviation. When you think about it, there’s really no better way to take in all the sights in quick time than from the air.


Nautilus Aviation offers a number of different scenic flights, but all will give you breathtaking views of the Daintree Rainforest and the pellucid waters of the magnificent Great Barrier Reef. Even a 30 minute flight will cover a lot of the area and if you take a camera with you, you’re bound to capture some incredible photos that you can post online.


Your pilot provides commentary as you soar above the Daintree Rainforest at low altitude. Drink in the rugged green terrain, see majestic waterfalls and ancient rivers from the air, admire mountains shrouded in mist and beaches of golden sand.


A scenic helicopter flight offers visitors an entirely new and panoramic perspective of this picturesque region of Queensland.


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Book Your Family Holiday At The Daintree Ecolodge

Looking for family accommodation in the Daintree Rainforest for your next holiday? Contact our team at the Daintree Ecolodge today.

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