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“No Cassowaries Here”

Daintree Discovery Centre
Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Cow Bay
Certificate of Excellence
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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!
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed April 2, 2013

This is a rip off - $30 to walk a section of the forest, which you can enjoy on Jindalba, WaluWugitrriga, or Dubuji walkways for free! get a map of the area and walk the boardwalks instead of listening to endless descriptions of butterflies, birds, and insects on the audio guide, which you don't get to see in the Discovery center. You just get to see the pictures on the information boards. I saw one butterfly the whole time we were there, and I stood and stood on the tower waiting for some bird to appear in the canopy, but that did not happen - big disappointment. They market themselves well, but do not live up to their reputation.

1  Thank Tatyana F
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DDCmktg, Marketing Manager at Daintree Discovery Centre, responded to this reviewResponded April 3, 2013

Thanks for your review. The Discovery Centre is a WTMA accredited Visitor Information Centre that specialises in Daintree Rainforest interpretation. It is not a zoo – animals are free to come and go as they please. The rainforest is full of interesting fauna however sightings are dependent on the season, the weather and the time of day you visit. Animals are often well camouflaged and can be difficult to see.

Jindalba precinct is adjacent to the Discovery Centre. Both are part of a local wildlife corridor and the same animals/birds, including Cassowaries, are commonly seen in both areas. While Jindalba has ground level boardwalks only, the Centre provides access (as well as all weather interpretive facilities) to all levels of the rainforest; from the ground to the upper most reaches of the canopy.

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 food and medicines). It also has a series of outdoor displays and an Interpretive Centre.

The entry fee also comes with a 48 page Interpretive Book plus a personal audio guide 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.

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Reviewed March 31, 2013

The Discovery centre was fantastic for learning about how the rainforrest eco system works. There is the audio guide and booklet to help you self-learn your way through the vast diversity within the boardwalk. Make sure you wear sunscreen and insect repellant. Take water with you as it is very thirsty work. Definitely need half a day to do it at a leisurely pace.

Thank Claire K
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Reviewed March 30, 2013

Great experience in learning about the wonderful Daintree Rain forest. Definitely worth the drive over the ferry to the Discovery Centre, especially when wet.... We even saw a Cassowary on the way back to Palm Cove. Beautiful area and great job of keeping the Rain forest in tact...

Thank gettuck
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Reviewed March 29, 2013

I spent several hours at the Daintree Discovery Centre in North Queensland. It was an extremely well done, instructional walk through an ancient natural rainforest region. Wooden walkways and a multi-storied tower took you to all levels of the beautiful green forest around you. You have an extensive hand guide in your detailed Interpretive Guide book as well as an audio guide with a hand-held controller. You have to stop, listen and look closely, often, on this walk or you may think there is nothing much to see other than the lush vegetation, which is really enough of an experience in itself. The forest can be calm and quiet on the forest floor, or buzzing and chaotic as it is in the canopy above the tower. And yet, if you're lucky, you might just see a spider, snake, insect, butterfly or maybe even a cassowary. I happened to look down on the railing beside me and there was a bright green stick bug hanging out beside me. A little girl on the walkway pointed out a hanging sunbird nest to her mother and I asked them about it. I would have totally overlooked this hanging strand of dried grasses and fronds and yet, when I looked closely, there was the perfectly round hole of the nest opening. You will learn as much or as little as you wish about this amazing region by using the guides and your own experience. The more time you have, the better. Relax, walk slowly, use all your senses and at the end, you can relax inside or out in their little coffee shop or browse for a souvenir in their Eco Shop.

1  Thank BarbHeagy
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DDCmktg, Marketing Manager at Daintree Discovery Centre, responded to this reviewResponded April 1, 2013

Thanks for your review. It’s really pleasing to read your comments, especially your choice of words - ‘Stop, Look and Listen’. The team at the Discovery Centre encourages our visitors to take their time and to ‘look closer’ at the rainforest – there really is plenty to soak in. And those who do are often rewarded.

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Reviewed March 25, 2013

Gives a good interpretation of all aspects of the landscape, from prehistory to plant communities to indigenous views.
Locals - you get 12 months entry, (Visitors - 7 days).

1  Thank TonyMakewa
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