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“Great set up with real life botanist/ecologist”

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!
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Reviewed August 31, 2013

We were hoping to spot a cassowary but I think they are rather elusive and it would be a bit of a miracle to spot one however we learnt a lot about the rain forest, the birds and beasts and spotted a few along the way. Perhaps the forest is a bit quiet at the end of winter so we were a bit reliant on the interpretive signs but the experience was well worth while and we were delighted to hear resident ecologist Peter Pavlov give us a one on one talk about the forest ecosystem, the threats and management. A genuine piece of forest that we had the pleasure of wandering through.

Thank Pammage
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Reviewed August 25, 2013

My partner and I thoroughly enjoyed the information we learnt while at the discovery centre. The information is well presented with a hand held speaker and can be listened to in many different languages, including indigenous australian.

Thank Phil W
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Reviewed August 25, 2013

Being averse to commercialized attractions and preferring to have undisturbed encounters with natural environments, we at first avoided this place during our week in the area. That was a mistake.

Yes, $32/person seems steep for a boardwalk through a small patch of forest. But the information content here is excellent. The electronic "tour guides" are terrific, and there is so much to see and hear and learn - IF you want to learn - that the price turns out to be a bargain. We had no trouble spending several hours here. Had we visited the Discovery Center FIRST, it would have explained many things we saw during our week that remained mysteries until the last day. Even the educational displays were well done, accurate and informative.

We also toured the Cooper Creek Wilderness area, and 4 hours cost $80@. That was worth it, too, but if you don't care about seeing the original forest yet want to learn about it, the Centre is a good start and a comparative bargain.

The Centre's attention to ecological sustainability is well-explained and very admirable (if only they could stop burning diesel). This is an expensive place to maintain, and it was easy to see how that justified the cost of admission (and the coffee shop and the tourist trinkets....).

Anybody who associates the likelihood of seeing wildlife with the price is being totally unreasonable (especially in July, which is winter). If you want to be sure to see things, you go to a zoo. This is not a zoo.

Thank JackCSchultz
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Reviewed August 19, 2013

Well worth a visit to start your trip in the Daintree. Good, easy walks and lots knowledge to be gained. Great way to see the upper canopy of the rain forest.

1  Thank Sophie And Greg A
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Reviewed August 18, 2013

Unique area on the planet and eco-driven places like this will ensure that no more of this wondrous ancient rainforest is torn down.

Very welcome facility and all blending beautifully into the surroundings. Knowledgable staff and audio guides are excellent.

Most of all, there's a big distinction to be made between the Daintree rainforest here and the rainforest further south in the Mossman Gorge area. The Daintree Discovery Centre sits in the world's oldest rainforest and is many millions of years older than further south below the Daintree River crossing. You can see the difference, magnificent species that have been there since long before the dinosaurs. Mind boggling. It's like walking through a time capsule. Sure to fire everyone's imagination. Recommended.

1  Thank Keeprighton2
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