The Daintree Rainforest

Tommy Yildiz 5/6P

Welcome to the Daintree Rainforest

Today, I will be takiing you on a journey through the Daintree Rainforest.

The Daintree Rainforest area includes the Daintree Rainforest National Park. Some areas are State forest and some are privately owned land.

The area is approximately 1,200 square kilometres.

The Location of the Daintree Rainforest

The location of the Daintree Rainforest is on the coast of Queensland, Australia. North of Mossman, Cairns and the address is 2333 Tribulation Road, Queensland.

The Animal Life of the Daintree

The Fauna of the Daintree contains 30% of the frog, reptile and marsupial species in Australia and 65% of Australia's bats andterfly species.

The Daintree Rainforest includes the Peppermint Stick Insect, the Green Tree Frog, the Southern Cassowary for which there are only 1,200 leftin Australia, the Spectacled Flying Fox, the Green Ant Mimicking Spider, the Golden Orb Weaver Spider at sunset.

The Goanna, like all reptiles, are cold blooded which means they depend on the outside climate to regulate their body temperature.

Plant Life at the Daintree

With over 700 different plant species at the Daintree you will definitely be amazed!

You will see the Strangular Fig, the Daintree Fan Palm, the Forest Fungi on a tree trunk, the Banana Tree Leaf and Wild Ginger just to mention a few.

The Tree species once thought to be long extinct have only recently been discovered here.

What to Expect from Your Visit to the Daintree

If you are touring the Daintree it has Hiking Tracks, Scenic Lookouts, Camping Sites, Picnic Tables and Swimming Holes to explore!

436,000 people visit the Rainforest each year. There is almost no public transport into the Daintree and Cape Tribulation and it is recommended that visitors look into hiring a car.

It takes about 1.5 hours to drive from Cairns to the Daintree River crossing via the town of Mossman

What Threatens the Daintree?

Between 5 to 10 housing alotments are developed for Rural Residential housing each year.

With development comes a host of threats such as Fragmentation making plant and species life more limited in their capacity to breed which can make them extinct.

Other threats could impact the Daintree such as Climate Change, Weeds and Feral Animals.

Want to Know A Little More!

The Rainforest is named after Richard Daintree.

The reason it is called a "rain" forest is because of the high amount of rainfall it gets each year.

Rainforests cover only 6% of the world's surface but they support half of the species of plant and animal life on Earth