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Daintree Discovery Centre
Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Cow Bay
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Owner description: The Discovery Centre is a world-class ecotourism facility nestled in the heart of the world’s oldest tropical rainforest. As the #1 Attraction in the Daintree it provides a wonderful introduction to this iconic world heritage destination. The spectacular Canopy Tower and Aerial Walkway allow visitors to explore every level of the forest and Audio Guides in 6 languages are a hit with overseas visitors. But it is it’s innovative Carbon Offset Project that is attracting attention! Part of every entry fees goes towards ‘saving the planet’ via its bio-sequestration scheme.The Discovery Centre is sustainable ecotourism at its best!
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Los Angeles, California
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“Very informative”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2012

We went here as part of a tour with Down Under Tours. We were welcomed with tea and ANZAC biscuits which are surprisingly good. Then our guide Derek took us up to the rainforest tower (212 steps up--so not wheelchair accessible) to see the different plants which grow at different heights. Then we saw some beautiful spiders butterflies, and birds. It's really worth it if you can manage the stairs.

Visited December 2012
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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“Know more about the rainforest”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2012

We visited the Centre whilst staying at Port Douglas and found it an entertaining and educational experience. Finding out about the flora and fauna of the rainforest with the help of the audio guide enhanced the experience. The staff were really helpful, answering all of our questions. Have read some reviews where there is comment about the entry price. As tourists from the UK visiting a number of different parts of Australia we thought the Centre was good value. Highly recommended.

Visited October 2012
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Port Douglas, Australia
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“Visit before your trip into the rainforest”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2012

If you want to know what trees and plants you're looking at in the Rainforest, and more about how the indigenous people survive by making use of what nature has to offer, I would highly suggest visiting the Daintree Discovery Centre before venturing further into the rainforest. This is a self-guided tour, with audio commentry and visual panels and displays, so you can choose to take in as much or as little as you wish. We found it very interesting. You learn about the creatures of the rainforest as well, although you would be very lucky to see the animals, this is to be expected in a part of the rainforest used by so many people. My advice would be to look carefully for the fruits, insects, birds and spiders, rather than expect to see larger animals (although you might be lucky!)

Visited October 2012
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Melbourne, Australia
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“expensive and disappointing”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2012

Looking at the brochures we found it misleading to see so many pictures of animals. Once at the centre I don't think we saw more than a couple of common birds. The centre has a lot of information for people interested in the flora of the area but don't go expecting to see animals.
For what we paid, I think we has a better experience at some of the free walks through the Daintree area.

Visited November 2012
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DDCmktg, Marketing Manager at Daintree Discovery Centre, responded to this review, November 29, 2012
Thank you your review.

The Centre is an award winning nature based ecotourism facility that specialises in rainforest interpretation. Located in an unspoilt wilderness area, it is in the heart of the oldest surviving tropical rainforest in the world.

It is not a zoo – animals come and go as they please. The rainforest is full of interesting animals though they are well camouflaged and can be difficult to see and dependent upon the seasons, weather and time of day you visit.

The Centre offers 4 independent self-guided walks; the Aerial Walkway (mid level), Canopy Tower (upper level and canopy), Cassowary Circuit (elevated boardwalk protecting the fragile root systems) and the Bush Tucker Trail (rainforest foot and medicines). It also has a series of outdoor displays and an Interpretive Centre.

The entry fee also comes with a 48 page Interpretive Guide Book and you can stay all day and return for the next 7 days at no additional charge. Part of every entry fee is dedicated to saving the planet as part of the Centre’s Carbon Offset/Bio-sequestration program.

The Centre carefully monitors its pricing on a regular basis and is more than competitive with other tourist attractions in the region.

Best wishes for the festive season.
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“way too expansive and yet you see little!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2012

this place is run by the government, i believe. however, there is no mentioning of the admission fee of this discovery center in the web sites which i came across . by reading many good comments on this place, we drove and spend AUD22 for a round trip car ferry to go to this place, to find out that the admission fee is AUD 32 per person. we are always aware of EMF radiation through mobile phone, but here, with 32 AUD, we got a compulsory mobile phone for the audio explanation when you walk inside the center. there is no cheaper ticket for just an entrance without the mobile audio-phone. as we have done a lot of walking trails before coming to this center, most of the plants that you can see in the center is of nothing special to us, cannot spot any wild life except some birds which nest on the tree top, so by going up the tower enable you to see them. however, you can spot a great variety of wild life and birds without paying 32 dollars and its free around Mossman Gorge. since we paid 32 dollars, we wanted to spend as much time as we can inside the center, but still we finished in an hour.
very disappointing and very expansive! absolutely not worth it. better to enjoy some more spectacular view of wild life and rain forest free of charge in many other places.

Visited November 2012
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DDCmktg, Marketing Manager at Daintree Discovery Centre, responded to this review, November 29, 2012
Many thanks for your review.

In response to comments about the lack of things to see and do, the Discovery Centre is in an award winning Environmental Interpretive facility, not a zoo; there are no fences and staff do not feed the wildlife. Animals are free to come and go as they please. The rainforest is in fact teeming with interesting birds and animals, but most are well camouflaged and sometimes hard to see. Sightings vary depending on what fruit is in season as well as the time of day you visit.

The unspoilt section of the rainforest north of the Daintree River, is the oldest intact tropical lowland rainforest in the world – this area has flora and fauna found nowhere else in Australia. A one hour visit would not be enough time to absorb all the available information that would have explained the complexity and uniqueness of this World Heritage forest. Mossman Gorge is a beautiful area and is classified as rainforest regrowth. It is about 40K years old compared with the Daintree at more than 100 million years old.

The Centre offers 4 independent self-guided walks, has a series of outdoor Mega Fauna displays linked to a Climate Change theatre, touch screen kiosks covering ancient flora and fauna, conservation, carbon offsets, cyclones, crocodiles, cassowaries and much more.

The Self-guided Audio Tours are available in 8 languages and the Audio wands are similar to those used in Museums and Interpretive Centres worldwide. They are not mobile phones and have no EMF.

Sorry about the confusion over the entry price. In response to customer feedback we decided to include the audio guide as part of the entry fee (previously $5 to hire). This actually reduced the price by $1 per person!

Our exciting new website is about to be released and we will do our best to ensure the correct price is shown on all websites.

Best wishes for the festive season.
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