The Great Barrier Reef was world heritage listed in 1981 and is the largest structure on Earth made by living organisms. It extends more than 2,000km from just south of the Tropic of Capricorn off Queensland's central coast, north to the coastal waters of Papua New Guinea.
It has the world's largest collection of coral reefs, some 3,400 - 4000 types of coral, 1,500 species of fish and 4,000 types of mollusc. Most of the reef is around two million years old with the oldest sections dated at 18 million years old.
Daintree / Cape Tribulation Rainforest is where the rainforest meets the World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, an area north of Daintree River and village.
The Daintree Cable Ferry provides access into the Daintree / Cape Tribulation Rainforest area. This area is accessible by conventional vehicles except during periods of heavy rain when it is recommended access by 4WD only be used.
It is a little known fact that the Daintree Rainforest, an ancient World Heritage-listed wonderland in our own backyard, is older than the Amazon. It's here the green mantle of the forest slopes plunge to the tropical waters of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, where fringing reefs grow almost to the shore. No where else in the world can you experience these two natural wonders side by side - where World Heritage-listed reef and rainforest actually meet.
From the Daintree Village, the wonder of the Daintree and Cape Tribulation is on your doorstep. About 3,000 plant species from 210 families are found in the rainforest. Twelve out of the world's 19 families of primitive flowering plants grow here and within these families, there are at least 50 species found only in the rainforest. While many of the plants in the rainforest have been around for millions of years, there are ferns that have been around for much longer.