Get back to nature with an unforgettable trip to two major UNESCO World Heritage sites during your Daintree Rainforest holiday. One of the most untouched and beautiful regions in Australia, you’ll find the Wet Tropics of Queensland along the region’s northeast coast.
Daintree National Park is a real hotspot for adventure holidays, whether you want to set out on an intrepid hike through the wilderness, raft down waterfall rapid, or zipline through the trees. The rainforest itself is thought to date back millions of years and houses thousands of species of plants, insects, reptiles, birds and mammals. Spot bright cassowary birds as you walk along the forest’s raised boardwalks, or look out for crocodiles in Daintree River.
Daintree holidays can also be packed with history thanks to numerous heritage attractions. Top picks include Cooktown, where James Cook famously beached the Endeavour in 1770; and Daintree Village, a frontier town first settled by timber cutters in the 1800s.
Before European settlers arrived in Australia, Daintree was the home of the Kuku Yalanji. You can meet current members of this Aboriginal community and walk in the footsteps of their ancestors on ancient trails that weave through the thick rainforest.
Dive down to the Great Barrier Reef with Cape Tribulation holidays
As well as lush forests teeming with colourful flora and fauna inland, Cape Tribulation and other coastal spots offer up ample opportunities for relaxing on idyllic white sand beaches and diving down to spectacular coral reefs.
The UNESCO World Heritage site of the Great Barrier Reef – the largest and most famous coral reef in the world – is awash with vibrant and rare marine life. It’s located just off the coast of Cape Tribulation, making the headland the ideal jumping off point for snorkelling or diving escapades.
Cape Tribulation holidays also allow you to make the most of its fantastic beach, known as Kulki Beach. It’s fringed on one side by the Daintree Rainforest and on the other by the turquoise Coral Sea. The cape has also become a well-known spot for birdwatching, whether you venture into the trees by foot or on a raised zipline.
Great sample itineraries
Get inspired by our selection of popular itineraries for Daintree holidays. Combine Daintree with visits to thriving coastal cities like Cairns when you choose a multi-centre holiday along Australia’s Sunshine Coast.
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“Visit Cow Bay Beach for a sandy stretch that has the feel of a secluded desert island. Its isolated position is emphasised even more if you trek around the headlands.”
“Perhaps the best walking route in Daintree National Park is the day expedition to Mount Sorrow. Despite its name, the views are some of the best in the area. On the trail, you’ll get the chance to see some native fauna, including spangled drongos, topknot pigeons and butterflies. What’s more, when you reach the summit, you’ll be able to see the glittering coastline on a clear day.”
Events & Festivals
Festivals and events are wonderful to include during your Daintree oliday, offering a glimpse into the country’s authentic culture and traditions.
Cooktown Discovery Festival
Cooktown Discovery Festival is a heritage event held in mid-June to commemorate Captain Cook’s landing in Cooktown on board the Endeavour in 1770. As well as discovering more about the town’s heritage and enjoying family friendly activities, the festival includes an exciting costumed re-enactment of Cook’s arrival.
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