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Daintree National Park
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Owner description: Part of Queensland Wet Tropics World Heritage area.
Reviewed March 6, 2013

Amazing. One of my favourite places, I've written about this in depth elsewhere. You just need to find a friend to go on hikes with, or someone with a car to get to more remote locations.

Thank Lindsey L
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Reviewed January 18, 2013

Getting to Cape Tribulation is as rewarding as the beach itself. Crossing the Daintree River by ferry is a fun experience, and then driving through the winding rainforest gives you an honest appreciation for the ancient beauty of the world's most precious treasures. If you are lucky, you'll spot a cassowary, but don't approach them as they can put up a nasty fight.
The rainforest is absolute tropical paradise. From all angles, it sings with life and colour. Look around you at any given moment and you will see lush rainforest from the ground to the top of the canopy. It's one of those places that makes you want to grab your tent and live there for years like the cavemen must have. It's so stunning.
Cape Tribulation beach is equally beautiful. If you get there when noone else is around, you will feel like you're on some kind of pristine deserted island with the singing birds to soothe you into relaxation. The water is clear and blue and abundant with all sorts of marine life. If you go into the shallows you will no doubt see some sting rays who love the warm water. Look carefully as they are sand coloured and easily hidden. If you go for a stroll up the beach, you can see various aspects of the reef. Where else in the world can you stand in the one spot and on one side is the world's most ancient rainforest, and on the other is the world's largest coral reef? Both of which are world heritage sites and considered natural wonders.
One thing I will say, please take your rubbish with you. A few times we've been there I've seen tourists discard their trash like this pristine wilderness is their dumping ground. It's not a dirty beach by any means, as I imagine many locals and tourism operators clean up anything they see, but nonetheless, it's important to respect and protect this beautiful place. Taking your rubbish with you isn't hard, but it is important.
There is truly something magical in the air up there and I truly hope our government, local councils and tourists start to recognise how precious it is and give it the protection and respect it deserves.

2  Thank ChantalTee
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Reviewed January 15, 2013

We used Port Douglas as our base and rented a car (you can do this in Port Douglas or Cairns). It was very easy to drive ourselves and the trails are well-marked and loop back to the car parks. Watch out for wildlife--we saw a family of cassowaries, a monitor lizard, snakes and lots of other animals. We got a couple of quotes for tours and they were over $500; we had a great day just driving ourselves around and there is lots of information available on the trails.

--You can drive N from Port Douglas (a stop at the Mossman Gorge for hiking is highly recommended). It is easy to find, as there is one main road, and the side road to Mossman Gorge is clearly marked. It takes maybe 20 minutes from Port Douglas to Mossman. (If you leave from Cairns, add an additional hour in travel time.) In Mossman, there is a short 400m circuit track and a longer 2.7km loop through the rainforest.

--The ferry is about 23 Australian dollars for a private car round-trip fare. Check the hours before you go; we went on Christmas Day and the hours were limited. Normal hours are 6AM-midnight. Just past the ferry, we were told that you can sometimes see flying foxes resting in the trees; however, we didn't see any when we were there.

--The first stop you come to in the Daintree Rainforest is the Alexandra Range Lookout - Walu Wugirriga.

--The next stop is the Jindalba loop. There are toilets and picnic shelters here, and both a short loop and a long loop walk. The short loop is about 700m.

--You can also visit the Daintree Discovery Area, although it was closed on the day we visited. I understand that it is rather expensive, however.

--Marrdja Boardwalk. A walk around the boardwalk is about half an hour about 1 km.

--Dubuji Boardwalk. The boardwalk is about 1.8 km long (returns to the car park at the end) and goes through both rainforest and mangroves. We saw the monitor lizard/snake here. It takes around an hour to walk it.

--The last stop we made was at Cape Tribulation beach itself. It was stunning and completely deserted. Off to the right, there is a short trail that leads to a great overlook.

--We drove to the end of the road, stopping at the various walks I mentioned, and then turned around and drove back to Port Douglas. We left at around 7AM and got back at around 4PM. We took our own food and drinks, though there were places you could buy food.

109  Thank BRIClayer
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Reviewed January 14, 2013

Well worth the visit. From the beautiful scenery to the amzing wildlife its a must if your heading up north.

Thank Michaeldehaan
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Reviewed November 30, 2012

This must be the best eco park ever developed, where visitors can walk through the rainforest, climb the viewing platforms, see the wildlife and birds at every level in the rainforest and not mind getting wet .Drove very carefully to get there and back for fear of killing the huge' roadrunner 'cassowaries, but did manage to see several cassowary chicks out for a stroll without their parents.
Are we the only tourists to have seen these strange birds in Australia- none of the locals have...
Spotted crocodile basking on the river banks as we drove over the creeks and experienced the wonders of the ferry across the river.

5  Thank TitchMirfield
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