Daintree Rainforest

By Matt Fisher 5/6C


The Daintree Rainforest is located in North Queensland, just North of Cairns. The Daintree Rainforest is 135 million years old and is approximately 1200 square kilometres in size! It is the largest continuous area of rainforest in Australia although it only covers 20% of the countries landmass.


In the Daintree Rainforest there are lots of different animals including the endangered Cassowary, the White-lipped tree frog, Ulysses butterfly, pigeon, dove, parrot, lorikeet, cuckoo, wren, flying fox, wallaby, platypus, turtle, skink, snake and python.

Rainbow Skink: Native to Australia, 3-4cm long from nose to hind legs excluding the tail. They are brown or grey brown with a dark brown stripedown each side and a rainbow or metallic sheen when seen in bright light.

Tree Frog: Eats spiders, crickets, lizards, other frogs and small mice. The males are smaller in size and less robust than the females.

Cassowary: Flightless bird closely related to the Emu. This bird is a very endangered species, it is also the World's 3rd largest bird.

Kingfisher: Scientific name: Alcedo Atthis, size 16-17cm, Weight 40g, Wingspan 44-26cm, lifespan 2 years.


The plants in the Daintree Rainforest are very beautiful and are a big attraction to tourists. Some of them include the Fan Palm, the Fish Tail Palm, the Native Hibiscus and the Selaginella.

Fan Palm: The name comes from it's appearance and it's pleated leaf segments. It is particulary slow growing although a single trunk can grow up to 20 metres in height.

Fish Tail Palm: Known for it's large compound leaves, which can measure more than 8 feet long. Height 15-70 feet tall, width 10-35 feet wide.

Native Hibiscus: also known as the "Lilac Hibiscus," it's botanic name is "Alyogyne Huegelii," fast growing, it's medium height of 2-3cm by 1-5cm wide. It is a bird attractive plant, it may be difficult to find.

Selaginella- Desert plant, can be revived with little water, it was once used as a herbal medicine.