Located on the northeast coast of Queensland, the World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest encompasses a rare combination of white sandy beaches and coral reef alongside its canopy of ancient trees. It is also the world’s oldest rainforest, giving visitors the chance to see wildlife and fauna found nowhere else on earth. And, after exploring the rainforest and the Coral Sea, Queensland also has plenty to offer in terms of indulgent spas and fine dining; the perfect mix of adventure and luxury to add to your travel bucket list.
Below are our recommendations for where to stay, eat and explore while you’re there:
Tour the rainforest with a local guide
Spend a day really getting to know Daintree’s history with an Aboriginal tour guide. Juan Walker’s Walkabout tours will teach you all about the Kuku Yalanji people’s local legends and beliefs, on an in-depth tour of the rainforest and Cape Tribulation – the only place on earth where the rainforest meets coral reef. Of course, no trip would be complete without a spot of crocodile watching on the Daintree River; it’s not for the faint-hearted as you’re also likely to spot some snakes curled up in the overhanging trees.
(Full day sight-seeing tour from £119 per person, including lunch. Visitwalkaboutadventures.com.au)
Stay in your very own treehouse in the rainforest
Silky Oaks Lodge and the Healing Waters Spa just downstream from Mossman Gorge is the perfect tranquil location to unwind among the world’s oldest living rainforest. As an advanced eco lodge, it ensures your stay has a minimal environmental impact on the surrounding rainforest while still offering a luxury experience. Explore Daintree National Park via several trails leading from the resort, unwind in the award-winning spa, or just appreciate the stunning views from your treehouse balcony overlooking the Mossman River.