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Daintree National Park

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World heritage listed tropical rainforest

Immediately north of Port Douglas, much of the national park is part of the Wet Tropics of Queensland, World Heritage Area. It contains many examples of ancient plant families now preserved.   

It is estimated that the rainforest has existed for a continuous period of more than 110 million years.  

In addition to the rainforest, the park offers rivers, waterfalls, mountain peaks and gorges all with spectacular vistas. 

Also an Important Bird Area, the park is one of the most diverse locales of bird and animal populations in Australia, if not the world. 

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Mossman Gorge

Located in the very south of the park and close to Port Douglas, the gorge is the valley created by the Mossman River, before it makes is way onto the coastal plain and eventually the Coral Sea.

The valley of the gorge was once the site of a gold rush in the 1870s however today is a tourist area and also a protected home to 100’s of tropical Australian birds, animals and plants.

Cape Tribulation

The cape is a headland and small community at the northern end of the national park.

The cape got its western name from James Cook who, during his voyage along the eastern coast of Australia, had his ship Endeavour strike and run aground on a reef off the cape.

Cook recorded the tribulations of refloating the ship off the reef and so the cape’s name. 

Thornton Peak, Daintree National Park

Thornton Peak

The peak is located in the north of the park and at a height of 1,374 meters is Queensland fourth highest mountain.

The peak is heavily forested and is known as ‘Wundu’ in the local indigenous language.

Cliffs along Thornton State Beach, March 2020
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Thornton Beach

On the coastal edge of the park just to the south of Cape Tribulation is the small tourist township and beach.

It is also known for the section where the beach stones can bounce off each other like a ball. A sacred place to the local indigenous people.