National Parks / Natural World
Daintree Rainforest Discovery Centre Cow Bay
Where is it at?
Daintree Rainforest Discovery Centre
Cnr Cape Tribulation Rd & Tulip Oak Road
Tel: 7 4098 9171
Where are we going today?
Did you know that the Daintree Rainforest is often thought of as the oldest tropical rainforest in the entire world? That's a pretty impressive feat! The oldest part is thought ot be over 150 million years old!
So of course it makes for a great family day out, filled with nature, history and wonder!
The Daintree Rainforest Discovery Centre is a great place to visit to learn all about this amazing part of the world. The center is a wet tropics eco tourism centre that features great information on the lush environment that surrounds you.
Just as well - because there is so much to learn! The Daintree Rainforest actually has some of the oldest (and most interesting!) species on the planet - from planets to animals. Keep a look out for the oldest flowering plant species that we know about - the Idiot fruit (Yep, that's it's real name!), as well as the prehistoric Cassowary. They're very colourful, so you should be able to spot one of two!
The rainforest is a HUGE place, so what's great about the Daintree Rainforest Discovery Centre is that is allows you to really explore every level of the rainforest - from the forest floor right up to the tops of the canopies.
There are extensive outdoor displays as well as an interior with fun touch screen exhibits and theatre presentations. There are also elevated walkways and aerial boardwalks for a different rainforest experience and superb views!
There is so much to learn about the Daintree Rainforest that you might find yourself heading back to try and soak up more information - plus it's one of the most amazing places in the country!
Take your camera!
How much does it cost?
- Children$16 (Ages 5 to 17)
- Free Under: 4 years
When can we go?
8.30am to 5pm
All year round except Christmas Day
They love having group tours, so just give them a call to discuss what you would like to experience and how many students .
There is a cafe on site offering hot and cold snacks and drinks..
You are more than welcome to bring a picnic lunch that you can enjoy - and make it as healthy as you like! .
Any Top Tips?
You get a seven day free return with a standard pass..
Doing our bit
The Daintree is protected, so the centre love to educate on what conservation projects they are working on. Help them out and follow any rules that they have - its in the interest of the animals and forest!.
Need a little extra help?
There is access for those in wheelchairs!.
Prams are welcome as it's very accessible .
Can I get one of those?
Shop offers a wide range of products including locally made jewelry, beautifully hand crafted pottery, eco-style clothing, rainforest reference books, children's story books and rainforest souvenirs..
The walkways are limited to 1km to preserve the forest, and there are 4 self-guided walks. They are perfect for all levels of fitness too!.
What people are saying?
by James Wallace
had a great time staff very informative and friendly great work
by Michael Watson
The centre was lovely, well staffed with many enthusiastic staff, and was well maintained. There were a number of walking trails, an information building, and a lookout tower, allowing you to look out across the treetops. The whole venue was great, but unfortunately was quite short - we were disappointed that all the walking trails were short and relatively uninteresting. The trails were accompanied by a personal information speaker device, which was a nice idea, but when it spoke for 10 minutes and we'd only walked 2 meters, we just couldn't be...Read More
by Michael Watson
The centre was lovely, well staffed with many enthusiastic staff, and was well maintained. There were a number of walking trails, an information building, and a lookout tower, allowing you to look out across the treetops. The whole venue was great, but unfortunately was quite short - we were disappointed that all the walking trails were short and relatively uninteresting. The trails were accompanied by a personal information speaker device, which was a nice idea, but when it spoke for 10 minutes and we'd only walked 2 meters, we just couldn't be bothered with it anymore. Overall it was ok, but could have had a bit more oomph.