"Daintree Rainforest" Australia Off The Beaten Path Tip by Amelei

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LOCATION: 80 km north of Cairns

Lush tropical rainforests and coral reefs meet in this scenic and popular coastal section of Daintree National Park stretching between the Daintree and Bloomfield Rivers. Cape Tribulation is part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. The beaches, reefs and offshore waters are protected in marine parks.

Away from the coast, the land rises steeply to cloud-swept Thornton Peak. The park is renowned for its rich diversity of plants and wildlife with lowland and upland rainforests, mangroves, swamps and heathlands. Rare and unusual species include primitive flowering plants, the giant white-tailed rat, southern cassowary and Bennett?s tree-kangaroo.

The Kuku Yalanji people who have lived in this area for thousands of years call Cape Tribulation, ?Kulki?. The Cape was named by Captain Cook as the place his troubles began during the historic 1770 voyage of discovery

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  • Updated Jan 6, 2005
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