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Daintree Rain Forest

Daintree Entrance

When you travel north of Cairns to the Daintree Rainforest you will not only go back in time, but you will be seeing flora and fauna you could never imagi

The Wet Tropics of Queensland contain ancient rain forests which have been here for 100 million years.

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Clients often tell me they could save money and just drive to the Daintree Rain Forest and not take a tour. While this may be true there are things to consider before heading out on your own. At certain times of the year the water is too high and the ferry will be closed.

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Daintree Ferry

The Daintree forest is approximately 1,200 square kilometers (approx. 296,526 acres) of breathtaking flora and fauna. Also, some very unusual animals seen nowhere else in Australia. Do you know what a Cassawary bird looks like or even where to find them? Do you know which species of flora and fauna have been growing for a million years?

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Daintree Stairs

The rain forest is best appreciated from the perspective of the local guides. For the experience of a lifetime take the guided tour, it is worth the money!

The fun begins with a trip across the Daintree River in 4WD vehicles. The Daintree Rain Forest awaits.

There are about 150 different types of trees in 2 hectors (about 5 acres). The Daintree is the oldest intact tropical lowland rainforest in the world. It is the host to 13 of the world’s 19 primitive flowering species (could you find these on your own?). It has more diversity of plants and animals than any other place in Australia.

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Fig Tree

 

 

Vines in Daintrees

Vines in Daintrees

 

 

 

 

 

During your tour you might be lucky enough to see the Cassowary. The Cassowary is a large, flightless bird related to the emu and ostrich. The Southern Cassowary (found in the Daintree Rain forest) is probably the single most important animal seed dispenser of the Australian tropical rain forest.

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Cassowary

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Cassowary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Cassowary eats the fruit and seeds of many of the rain forest plants, thus distributing the seeds, in their droppings, across the forest floor. These birds are crucial to the rainforest because they are the only dispersal agents for about 70 plants species, and the main dispersal agent for at least 30 plants. With only 1800 of these birds left, the Australians’ know if these birds disappear, so will the rain forest!

Seeds of the Daintree

Seeds of the Daintree

Among the trees, you will see big piles of leaves and debris. These are actually nests and in these nests you might find the bright green eggs of the Cassowary bird. The eggs are cared for by the male birds.

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Cassowary Eggs

Other animals you may encounter include over 54 species of frogs; both species of Monotremes (egg-laying mammals) the Platypus and the Echidna (spiney anteater). The Marsupials include the Koala, Kangaroos and Wallabies, Possums, Bandicoot, Bats and Rodents. Bird life – over 430 different birds have been recorded in the Daintree rainforest – a birders paradise! Reptiles are abundant and include the crocodile, many varieties of lizards, skinks, and snakes.

The fauna includes Oak trees, gum trees, Quandong trees, 11 different laurels, many kinds of orchids and many varieties of vines. One of my favorite names for a plant is the “wait awhile” araceae rattan palm. The vine has large thorns on it, and if you get entangled, you just have to “wait awhile” for someone to come cut you lose!

Cape Tribulation is one of the few places in the world where the rainforest meets the reef.

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We took a quick poll to find out what first comes to mind when someone hears Australia. The top results, listed below, were all over the board and ever so interesting:

So, of all of those things, guess which one we want to take a look at today? How about the part that everyone left out: Tropical North Queensland.  Yes, yes, all of these other things are “so Australia” but how about throwing out the norm and embracing something you didn’t even know existed? Look, spend a few days taking in the crocodiles, the Opera House, the site of the 2000 Summer Olympics, eat a little Vegemite and then dash off to Tropical North Queensland for a vacation down under that will both awe and relax you.  Tropical North Queensland is where the rain-forest meets the reef; the best of BOTH worlds? Why would you not want to go?

Journeys Down Under specializes in the vacation escape to the land of spa treatments which use Aboriginal techniques, pristine environs, eco-friendly retreats and so much more. Walk along white and we mean WHITE sands of Coconut Beach on your way to a day of exploration via canoe.  And if you are really adventurous, take on the magical Heron Island and spend a few days and nights literally in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. This is your opportunity to be a part of nature’s version of heaven.

So before you go all Outback on us, think about a vacation of a different flavor and learn everything Australia can offer you. There’s a reason why people come to us (travel agents, you know! =) when planning a vacation and it has everything to do with stretching your dollar while getting the most you can out of a vacation.  It has everything to do with discovering the not-so-common and learning to enjoy something off the beaten path. So, what is taking you so long?  Journeys Down Under is ready to schedule the most perfect vacation you could ever imagine.

Are you ready to find your own Down under answers from Journeys Down Under?

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