Living close to the Daintree Discovery Centre, it took a visit from interstate friends who coerced me to join them on a day trip to the Daintree, for me to have my first and definitely not the last, experience of this wonderful attraction.
It is a family owned business that is run by dedicated enviromentalists who actually live in the rainforest. We thought we might spend a hour or so there and ended up staying most of the day. We booked a guided walk and discovered some very interesting stuff about the Wet Tropics World Heritage area. Our guide was very passionate about this ancient rainforest and pointed out some plants that are so old they are known as green dinosaurs. The boardwalks for viewing the rainforest flora and fauna (mainly birds and very colourful butterflys) are built off the ground to protect the fragile root systems from foot traffic.
The indoor display area is quite extensive with many interesting and unusual displays, a great place to wander and lose yourself for a time.
Apparently part of every entry fee (just $28) goes toward a carbon offset program and our guide told us the staff have planted more than 3000 trees in an effort to combat global warming.
It is easy to see why the Discovery Centre has won so many awards, it is a high standard ecotourism attraction, informative and at the same time very entertaining.
I certainly will be back and make this a must see for all my interstate and overseas visitors and maybe a few local friends as well.