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When it comes to the most Instagrammable locations in Queensland, the Daintree region certainly has its fair share. It’s an Instagrammers playground of dramatically forested beaches, vibrant coral reefs and tropical mountain ranges. 

 

Yet there’s so much more to the Daintree than being photogenic. Because behind every Instagram post is a story of coastal adventure, pristine nature and rich Australian culture. Here are the nine most Instagrammable locations in the Daintree and why they should be on your bucket list.

Top 9 Most Instagrammable Spots in the Daintree Region

1. Four Mile Beach

 

Four Mile Beach is the golden heart of Port Douglas, a tropical resort town and gateway to the Daintree Rainforest. Soft, gold sand stretches down an idyllic coastline, backed by swaying palm trees. Families play in the calm, crystalline waters while others sunbathe on the sand or picnic on the foreshore. 

 

If you want to capture those classic coastline shots, head up to 4 Mile Beach Lookout or Trinity Bay Lookout. Both offer uninterrupted views of Four Mile Beach’s distinct colours: the azure water, golden and white sand, and green tropical foliage.

 

After lunch, visit the township to browse the local art galleries and grab a drink in the historic Exchange Hotel. There’s a local market on Saturdays and plenty of opportunities to learn more about the indigenous Kuku Yalanji people and their deep connection to the environment.

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2. Mossman Gorge Rock

 

The rock pool at Mossman Gorge has become a favourite spot for Instagrammers. The giant granite boulders in the middle of the gorge create the perfect stage for striking a pose. While the tropical rainforest and glassy fresh water epitomise this region’s natural beauty and serenity.

There’s no way anyone can resist diving into the water on a hot Queensland day. You can also stroll along an elevated boardwalk through the lower rainforest canopy to spot butterflies and Boyd’s Forest Dragons. 

Photo by @simplyshiels_

3. Cow Bay Swing

 

Cow Bay captures the rugged beauty of the Daintree. White sand backed by dense tropical foliage overlooks an endless ocean filled with unseeable wonders. This secluded section of coastline also has one particularly Instagrammable spot. 

 

Hanging down from one of the palm trees is a rope swing at the edge of Australia. Simply let yourself swing back and forth while getting lost in the majestic Coral Sea vistas. This is truly one of the most Instagrammable locations in Queensland, especially at sunrise or sunset.

Image by Rosie Wang @rosiewok

4. Alexandra Range Lookout

 

Located just off Cape Tribulation Road, Alexandra Range Lookout offers panoramic views over the Daintree Rainforest all the way to the Great Barrier Reef. As you gaze out over the treetops, you’ll also see the curve of the Daintree River as it meets the Coral Sea. In fact, there’s a small plaque highlighting all the monuments visible, including Shipwreck Bay, Snapper Island and Black Rock.

Emmagen Creek
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5. Emmagen Creek

 

Surrounded by lush rainforest, dense canopies and statuesque rocks, Emmagen Creek’s deep swimming pools offer the ultimate rainforest swimming experience. Located just five kilometres north of Cape Tribulation, the giant trees and turquoise waters are the perfect spot to cool down and relax after a rainforest hike, not to mention the most Instagram-worthy  backdrop.

6. Cape Tribulation

 

It’s hard to go past Cape Tribulation as an Instagram -worthy destination. There are so many scenes to capture, from the otherworldly rainforest surrounding the Cape Trib Beach House to the dramatic expanse of Cape Tribulation Beach. The latter is your prime spot for those emotive Instagram shots capturing the unimaginable blend of colours as verdant rainforest meets white sand and cocktail-blue water. This is a place for lovers, adventurers and artists to be inspired by natural beauty.

7. Bouncing Stones

 

Bouncing Stones is an unexpectedly Instagrammable beach in Daintree National Park. Although it’s not a popular place for swimming, the sight of these stones strewn across the water is truly remarkable. Particularly at high tide, when the effect of the waves rocking back and forth across the stones makes you realise how this unique beach got its name. Just remember that Bouncing Stones is a sacred site to the traditional Kuku Yalanji people. So it’s important to be respectful when taking photographs and capturing this place’s exquisite beauty.

8. Cooper Creek 

 

Cooper Creek is the confluence of the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest. Still untouched by man, it’s a pristine ecosystem of ancient rainforest, fascinating native wildlife and hidden beauty.  One of the best ways to experience Cooper Creek is during a guided walking tour that provides space for you to interpret and experience the area in your own way. The walk complements the surrounding nature with cultural immersion. The photo  opportunities are also truly exceptional. The Grand Fan Palm Gallery, in particular,  makes you feel incredibly small as you gaze up at these behemoths of Mother Nature with dappled sunlight breaking through the canopy.

9. Myall Beach

 

Venture south of the Cape Tribulation headland and you’ll stumble onto Myall Beach, one of the most majestic sights in the Daintree region. Stroll along the white-sand beach with dense, green tropical rainforest on one side and crystalline water and coral reefs on the other. This is a place where the rugged beauty of the Daintree is put on display, with a feeling of complete immersion as you’re surrounded by varying ecosystems everywhere you turn. Of course, the Instagram possibilities here are endless with couples’ shots on the beach, dramatic panoramas and close ups of some of the more hidden aspects of this region’s beauty.

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Discover these Instagrammable locations in Queensland

 

You can explore all these Instagrammable spots and more while staying at the boutique Daintree Ecolodge. This eco-friendly Queensland resort offers the perfect base for discovering the wonders of the Daintree. It also has plenty of its own Instagrammable moments, from its own private waterfall and swimming hole to freestanding bathtubs on the balconies of their Rainforest Bayans which overlook the forest canopy.

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