The Daintree National Park is part of the Wet Tropics
of Queensland World Heritage Area, and is where lush rainforests
meet coral reefs, two of the worlds richest ecosystems.
Three sections are accessible to visitors. To the north, is the
Cape Tribulation section, stretching in a narrow strip along the
coast. On some parts of the coastline, rainforest grows to the high
tide mark, at a point where fringing reefs lie just offshore.
Mossman Gorge Section, the most southerly developed part of the
park, is just a few minutes from Mossman. There are walking tracks
which start at Mossman Gorge, that pass through rainforest and some
great swimming holes. Snapper Island
section, just offshore, is
surrounded by the protected waters of the
Great Barrier Reef Marine
The wet season is from December to April. During this time the last
section of road to Cape Tribulation may be closed after heavy rain. Cruises are
available up the Daintree River and is a great way to see the wildlife,
especially early morning cruises, as this is when most elusive wildlife are most
Words of Caution:
- Several types of marine stingers are found in the coastal and
estuarine waters during the summer months between October to May,
and can kill. Wear protective clothing or do not swim between
October and May. If stung, flood the area with vinegar and seek
- You should wear protective clothing and do not swim between the
months of October and May.
- Boil or treat water before drinking. Drink frequently. When
bushwalking, carry town or bottled water.
- Estuarine crocodiles live in coastal rivers, estuaries and the
sea in the Daintree National Park. These animals are very
dangerous. Dont swim in these waters.
- Cassowaries are potentially dangerous and must be treated with
caution. Stay well clear but dont run away from them if
confronted. Back away slowly.
Visitor facilities: the
Mossman Gorge section has short walking trails, toilets, picnic tables,
water. There are accommodation, cafes and shops nearby. Click here for
Cape Tribulation and Snapper Island
Check out our listing of
accommodation. Contact the local Parks and
Wildlife Service or visit the
QLD National parks, marine parks and forests website. In addition to our listed online travel guide information,
contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions,
tours, local maps and other information.