The Wet Tropics of Queensland was added to the World Heritage list in 1988. These are the world’s oldest continually surviving tropical rainforests and are of significant value to the people of the world. They are home to plants and animals that live nowhere else on earth and new species are still being discovered here, even today. Extending along Queensland’s north-east coast for more than 450km, these tropical rainforests are home to an abundance of flora and fauna.
You will be impressed by the thick green canopy and the vine forest that lies beneath. Cairns offers visitors many different ways and places to visit the Wet Tropics rainforests of Queensland. The closest place is the Barron Gorge National Park, which is just 10 minutes drive from the city centre. This has a scenic cable car and train. To the north is the Daintree Rainforest, Mossman Gorge and Cape Tribulation, where the reef meets the rainforest. To the south, a rainforest canopy walk and castle in the rainforest.
So much! The rainforest can be visited and experienced by people of all ages and abilities. For the adventurous there’s a canopy swing, which criss-crosses parts of the Daintree Rainforest. For a cultural experience there’s Mossman Gorge, where you can book a guided Aboriginal Tour to learn about indigenous plants and traditional foods and medicines. There’s walking trails, look outs and so much more.
The best part about the rainforest? For everyone this is different. Some enjoy the cool, calm feeling of being beneath the canopy, others enjoy the views. For some, just breathing in the clean air and feeling the trees beneath their hands, is enough to make memories.