Daintree Rainforest & Great Barrier Reef: Where Two World Heritage Sites Meet

Daintree Rainforest and Great Barrier Reef

Traversing the Daintree Rainforest is like traveling back in time. It is the oldest unbroken rainforest in the world and is estimated to be 165 million years old.

On a recent trip to Australia, my eco lodge guide, who is also a naturalist, take me trekking this tropical bushcsape. Since my eco lodge was in the Daintree Rainforest itself, it was easy accessing an array of the natural sites, waterfalls, and watching some of the abundance of wildlife that lives here.

We crisscrossed the Daintree Village, explored the Daintree River, aerial walkway and some of the remotest trekking routes.

Daintree Rainforest is home to primitive plants. Wildlife include approximately 430 species of birds (of which 13 are academic). See some species in Australia that is found nowhere else on earth. The region is renowned for its bird-watching opportunity. Other breeds of fauna are of mammal, reptile, frog, fish, and insect.

Along the trails, we saw striking-colored butterflies, musky-rat kangaroos and even spotted the endangered and elusive cassowary.


On this journey, in addition to the primeval land, I enjoyed exploring the culture of the aboriginal people, the Kuku Yalanji. This tribe live here for more than 9,000 years in complete harmony with the land. On this expedition of the Daintree Rainforest, a guided walk by persons of the Kuku Yalanji took me along the Mossman Gorge. I was fortunate to learn how for thousands of years the peoples used the forest for shelter, food, medicine, and have mystical and spiritual connection with nature and the wilds.

In addition to the plants, waterfalls, and land species, the Daintree has beautiful landscape of beaches and ocean. Cape Tribulation, which is close to the Daintree Rainforest is the site that meets the Great Barrier Reef. “It’s the only place in the world where two World Heritage sites meet”.

On this day, we reached the site of the Great Barrier Reef. Since unfortunately I do not dive nor snorkel, my options include cruising the waters. Onboard the glass-bottomed vessel, our marine guide adds “for non-swimmers, glass-bottom boats and semi-submersibles allow for reef goers to explore the Great Barrier Reef.” For me, this is perfect I thought to myself.



Article by: Tiffany Huggins

| December 26, 2015