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“Popped in for a quick look - ended up spending the day there”

Daintree Discovery Centre
Ranked #1 of 4 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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Rocky Point
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“Popped in for a quick look – ended up spending the day there”
Reviewed May 5, 2009

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.

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Preston, Lancashire
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“A wonderful experience for all the family”
Reviewed April 27, 2009

I have visited the Daintree Discovery Centre several times and each time there has been something new and interesting to experience. The tower with the three levels gave us insight into the the nature of the rain forest and what could be seen at the different heights. The aerial walkway which we saw when we visited more recently was so informative and the audio guide worked well for us and again increased our knowledge and understanding of the ancient Rainforest. We took grandchildren with us and they enjoyed the films and touch screens and seemed to absorb a lot. They especially liked the sounds of the different tree frogs! The centre is a must visit if you are in the Far North of Queensland.

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“Fun and educational”
Reviewed April 26, 2009

Our visit to the Daintree was very enjoyable. We learned a lot about the rainforest through the audioguided tour, which was very well done. We didn't take advantage of the guided tour but the staff were very friendly and informative, so you might want to consider a guided tour. We left with a newly formed appreciation for the beauty and wonder of the rainforest. It was truly a unique experience and one we will always treasure.

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Norfolk Island
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“A total overload in a pristine enviroment”
Reviewed April 25, 2009

On arrival at the the car park we could hear the comments of people exiting the centre, They sounded excited and totally overawed by their experience. We spent the next 2 hours in exactly the same frame of mind. From the interprative centre with its wonderful displays and easy to follow explanations of the creations of the rain forrest enviromens to the multi level tower which gave such easy access to the tree top canopy at all levels, we were spellbound. Each level produced its own suprise and inhabitants. The ground level board walk had us searching out flora and elusive fauna and left us wishing that we had time to stay the night and wait for the nocturnal creatures to appear. Rounding off our tour with the best cappucino in FNQ and being able to purchase great quality polo shirts as gifts we vowed we'd be back. It is wonderful to have such a top tourist destination (their awards over the past 4 years are testament to that) but if the staff are not "up to scratch" then you have a potential disaster on your hands. The staff at the Daintree Rainforest Discovery Centre are amazing. Enthusiastic and knowledgeable but most of all approachable and friendly. They made our tour the absolute highlight of a great holiday. We cant recommend this place enough...............go and discover it for yourselves.

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“Wish you'd wanna keep going higher”
Reviewed April 21, 2009

The experience of the Center would be fascinating at night time, if it was possible. When you climb the tower, you just want to keep going higher to get a fantastic awe about the age of the forests but I guess there are limits. The staff are friendly and use of the natural rainforest surrounding is done with much eco-sense. Unless you live amongst the rainforests day-in and day-out, this experience is worth doing to get a better appreciation of North Queensland's rainforest. AVD.

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