Daintree Rainforest is described as the jewel in the crown of Australia’s World Heritage Wet Tropics, and Cooper Valley is the hidden gem in its central position, guarded by the sacred mountain Wundungu or Thornton Peak.
Four criteria required for inclusion in the International World Heritage register are contained within the Cooper Valley: primitive flora and fauna from bygone eras, evidence of evolutionary development and speciation (including links with past incursions of plants and animals from south-east Asia), rare and endemic plants and animals, and superlative natural beauty.
The unprecedented inclusion of privately owned land within the nominated area enabled Australia’s Wet Tropics to qualify as an outstanding World Heritage nomination. It initiated a successful conservation and ecotourism partnership that allows ethical travellers to experience the beauty and rarity of the world’s oldest rainforest with local experts.
Daintree Rainforest Nature Refuge displays magnificent, rare fan palm dominated rainforest that is protected through its World Heritage legislation, a Conservation Agreement with the State of Queensland and Wildlife Land Trust membership of Humane Society International. It is totally funded by ethical and sustainable tourism.
Take a guided tour or package and experience the natural beauty of ancient rainforest without manmade contraptions and distractions of crowded boardwalks.
Experience the awe-inspiring grandeur and beauty of the Daintree’s most spectacular fan palm dominated rainforest, on a natural walking trail in a small, exclusive group. Local experts explain its World Heritage significance and present evidence of this forest’s continuity over 180 million years.
For the more intrepid traveller, this is a journey of wonderment and discovery to the very centre of significance, with creek crossings and unparalleled rainforest grandeur in a small exclusive group. Enjoy four hours of guided interpreted presentation of the world’s oldest rainforest.
Immerse yourself in the adjoining habitats of cassowaries and crocodiles by adding a one-hour mangrove cruise through the world’s most diverse mangrove community in search of elusive estuarine crocodiles, to the two-hour Grand Fan Palm Gallery tour or the four-hour Greater Wilderness Tour.
Include à la carte lunch in a nearby rainforest restaurant and afternoon tea with access to a freshwater section of Cooper Creek (weather permitting) in a cruise and walk combination to make a five-hour or seven-hour Daintree Rainforest Package.
Contacts: Prue, Neil and Angie Hewett. For directions,
2333 Cape Tribulation Road, Diwan, 4873
Tel: +617 4098 9126