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'''Daintree National Park ''' is in [[Far North Queensland]], [[Australia]].
 
'''Daintree National Park ''' is in [[Far North Queensland]], [[Australia]].
  
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===Flora and Fauna===
 
===Flora and Fauna===
The park consists largely of broadleaf lowland tropical rainforests and upland tropical rainforests, although there are also significant mangrove and fan palm communities. The rainforest is an amazing array of biodiversity. Look out for the cassowary, a large non-flying bird with a "helmet" growth on its head to protect it as it runs through the forest. Of course, as with all of far northern Australia, saltwater crocodiles are present
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The park consists largely of broadleaf lowland tropical rainforests and upland tropical rainforests, although there are also significant mangrove and fan palm communities. The rainforest is an amazing array of biodiversity. Look out for the cassowary, a large non-flying bird with a "helmet" growth on its head to protect it as it runs through the forest. Of course, as with all of far northern Australia, saltwater crocodiles are present.
  
 
===Climate===
 
===Climate===
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==Get in==
 
==Get in==
* [http://www.transnorthbus.com.au/cairnscooktown.asp TransNorth] - their Cairns-Cooktown route is perhaps the cheapest mode of public transportation into the rainforest, AU$51.70 between Cairns and Cape Tribulation as of August 2016. They depart Cairns Railway Station on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 7:00AM, arriving in Cape Tribulation three and a half hours later, and proceeding to Cooktown. The return bus from Cooktown departs Cape Tribulation at 10:00AM on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
 
 
* At least three other companies, including [http://http://www.capetribconnections.com/day-tour.htm Cape Trib Connections], [http://www.capetribulationadventures.com.au/ Active Tropics Explorer], and [http://jungletours.com.au/ Jungle Tours] run day trips with overnight options from Cairns to Cape Tribulation. They are a bit more expensive, but include some additional amenities en route, e.g. a crocodile-watching boat ride on the Daintree River and a short trip to the Mossman Gorge.
 
  
 
==Fees/Permits==
 
==Fees/Permits==
  
 
==Get around==
 
==Get around==
It's easiest to get around by car, but buses run from [[Cairns]] and [[Port Douglas]] up to Cape Tribulation, and beyond all the way up to Cooktown. Many companies offer packages of accommodation and transport to the area.[http://www.cairns-australia.com/daintree.html] Most people opt to drive to Daintree from Cairns which is about a 2 hour trip.
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It's easiest to get around by car, but buses run from [[Cairns]] and [[Port Douglas]] all the way up to Cape Tribulation.
  
 
Some of the hostels rent bicycles which is a pleasant way to get around Daintree Village and see the sights while you're there. The ride from Cow Bay to Cape Tribulation is about 25km each way and a nice daytrip, although a bit hilly in the Noah Range area.
 
Some of the hostels rent bicycles which is a pleasant way to get around Daintree Village and see the sights while you're there. The ride from Cow Bay to Cape Tribulation is about 25km each way and a nice daytrip, although a bit hilly in the Noah Range area.
  
The road is sealed all the way to Cape Tribulation and all rental companies allow cars to travel as far as the Cape. 4WDs are required only for the Bloomfield Track.
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Most rental companies make a big deal of taking a rental north of the Daintree River unless it is a 4wd, despite the fact that the road to Cape Tribulation is in far better condition then many roads south of the river.
  
 
==See==
 
==See==
 
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There ain't much to see but plants and crocodiles. Crikey!
  
 
==Do==
 
==Do==
 
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You could visit the amazing Omeed Rock that is in the Daintree NP.
* '''Ocean Safari''' runs amazing half-day snorkeling tours from Cape Tribulation to the Great Barrier Reef. They are located on the main road near Myall Beach and the Mangrove Boardwalk. In addition to the completely untouched fish and coral, you can see tons of giant clams (bigger than anything in Palau) and are almost guaranteed to spot a sea turtle or two!
 
 
 
* Try to visit the '''beaches''' while the tide is coming in, as the water is crystal clear then. '''Cape Tribulation Beach''' (just past the paved road) is particularly beautiful, with powdery white sand.
 
 
 
* With luck, you may spot '''cassowaries''' in their natural rainforest habitat. Tourist attractions such as the '''Daintree Discovery Centre''' keep a track of sightings; however, you are arguably just as likely to spot one walking along the side of the road.
 
  
 
Interactive Rainforest Guided Walks with Aboriginal Guide [http://www.daintree-ecolodge.com.au/Experiences/Daintree-Eco-Lodge-and-Spa-Aboriginal-walk.html]
 
Interactive Rainforest Guided Walks with Aboriginal Guide [http://www.daintree-ecolodge.com.au/Experiences/Daintree-Eco-Lodge-and-Spa-Aboriginal-walk.html]
 
Mason's Tours [http://masonstours.com.au]is the orginal tour operator at Cape Tribulation and offers 1/2 Day Walks, 2 Hour Walks, Nightwalks and 4WD Tours. Run by the Mason family, who originally came to the area in 1932, Mason's Tours is hard to beat for local knowledge.
 
  
 
Cooper's Creek Wilderness [http://www.ccwild.com/] runs excellent bushwalking tours. Pru (the owner) is very warm and knowledgeable. Take swimmers for the swimming hole at the end. Tony's Tropical Tours is also supposed to be quite reputable.
 
Cooper's Creek Wilderness [http://www.ccwild.com/] runs excellent bushwalking tours. Pru (the owner) is very warm and knowledgeable. Take swimmers for the swimming hole at the end. Tony's Tropical Tours is also supposed to be quite reputable.
  
There are several operators running riverboats so you can spot crocodiles on the banks of the Daintree River and also Cooper Creek
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There are several operators running riverboats so you can spot crocodiles on the banks of the Daintree River.
  
At Rainforest Hideaway B&B on Camelot Close in Cape Tribulation there is an interesting sculpture trail through the rainforest.
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Rumrunner runs reef dives from Cape Tribulation.
  
 
==Buy==
 
==Buy==
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==Eat==
 
==Eat==
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You could try the local famous Omeed cola, that is well known in the area. Available from the Daintree Coffee shop
  
 
Try some native Australian cuisine at Julaymba Restaurant & Grill. Rainforest salad is great, with native ingredients [http://www.daintree-ecolodge.com.au/Lodge/Daintree-Eco-Lodge-and-Spa-Restaurant.html]
 
Try some native Australian cuisine at Julaymba Restaurant & Grill. Rainforest salad is great, with native ingredients [http://www.daintree-ecolodge.com.au/Lodge/Daintree-Eco-Lodge-and-Spa-Restaurant.html]
  
* The '''Daintree Ice Cream Company''' offers delicious exotic fruit ice creams made from fruit growing in the orchards just behind. For 5 AUD, you get a sampler bowl with whichever four flavors they have available that day.
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Daintree Ice Cream Company has natural fruit ice creams which are delicious and made from fruit growing in the orchards just behind. Also, Cape Trib Exotic Fruit Farm runs tours and has local tropical fruit to buy (fresh passionfruit: delicious!)
 
 
* The Cape Tribulation Exotic Fruit Farm has reopened, offering exotic fruit tasting in Cape Tribulation for AU$30, at 2PM most days.
 
  
* Daintree Tea is also available to buy at shops and restaurants in the village and at Cape Tribulation. However, the plantation itself does not appear to welcome visitors.
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Daintree tea and coffee (Australia's only coffee production) are also available to buy at shops and restaurants in the village.
  
* There are a number of small shops in the Daintree area. There is one at Wonga Beach, one at Daintree, one at Cow Bay, and two at Cape Tribulation. Mason's Store at Cape Tribulation has takeaway alcohol, groceries, and even a cafe selling burgers made with exotic meats. Being a remote rainforest destination, there are no Coles or Woolworths, so if you require the services of a multinational, go there before you come to the area!
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If you are on a budget, camping/hostelling and cooking your own, note that there are no supermarkets in Daintree. Buy some groceries before you leave Cairns or PD. In any case, it's a good idea to buy some snacks in advance and bring them along to cut down on costs while you are up at Daintree/the Cape.
  
 
==Drink==
 
==Drink==
PK's and Beach House each have full-service bars.
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There is a pub somewhere in Daintree, but some locals have said it's a bit dodgy.
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Most of the lodgings will serve alcohol.
  
 
==Sleep==
 
==Sleep==
  
===Budget===
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===Lodging===
* [http://www.pksjunglevillage.com.au/ PK's Jungle Village] in Cape Tribulation. AU$15 for a campsite, AU$25 for a dorm bed. Has a bar and restaurant onsite.
 
 
 
* [http://www.capetribbeach.com.au/ Cape Trib Beach House] in Cape Tribulation. AU$29 for a dorm bed. Has a bar and restaurant as well.
 
 
 
* [http://www.daintreecrocodylus.com.au/crocodylusvillage/Accom.html Crocodylus Lodge] in Cow Bay. AU$25 for a dorm bed.
 
 
 
===Splurge===
 
* [http://www.capetrib.com.au/bed.htm Cape Trib Farmstay] in Cape Tribulation. On an exotic fruit-growing farm in the rainforest, with cabins overlooking a creek.
 
 
 
*<sleep name="Epiphyte B &  B" alt="" address="22 Silkwood Rd, Cow Bay" directions="off Buchannon Creek Rd, toward Cow Bay beach" phone="61 7 40 989 039" url="www.rainforestbb.com" checkin="10 am" checkout="12 noon" price="from $85 dble" lat="" long="">A laid-back and truly welcoming accommodation house with large en-suite double rooms, private balconies and large open-space lounge to meet others, relax with a glass of wine or a beer and contemplate the world. Fantastic views across the rainforest from the verandah and all rooms and only minutes from isolated rainforest beaches of Cow Bay. The cabin is supurb for couples or groups.</sleep>
 
 
 
*<sleep name="Rainforest Hideaway" alt="" address="19 Camelot Close, Cape Tribulation" directions="first turn left after Welcome to Cape Tribulation sign" phone="61 7 40980108" url="http://www.rainforesthideaway.com.au" checkin="12 noon" checkout="10 am" price="$120 to $140" lat="" long="">Artistic owner built accommodation deep inside the rainforest. Just about everything here is handmade by the owner/manager from the furniture to the pictures on the wall, and there is an extensive sculpture trail snaking its way through the two hectares of privately owned rainforest all the way to the beautiful creek. Walking distance from beach, national park, restaurant and shop.</sleep>
 
 
 
 
Enjoy unique spa treatments and aboriginal culture experiences at Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa [http://www.daintree-ecolodge.com.au]
 
Enjoy unique spa treatments and aboriginal culture experiences at Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa [http://www.daintree-ecolodge.com.au]
  
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There are a couple of hostels at Cape Tribulation (Cape Trib Beach House and PK's Jungle Village) as well as Crocodylus Lodge about 20km south of the Cape at Cow Bay.
  
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*'''Ferntree Backpackers Lodge and Jungle Lodge, Cape Tribulation [http://nomadshostels.com/hostels/australia/cape-tribulation-ferntree-backpackers-lodge/]''' Set back in the heart of a lush coastal rainforest, Ferntree Backpackers is an affordable tropical getaway for backpackers and travellers. Located across the road from the Cape Tribulation ‘village’ — Jungle Lodge is a perfect option for backpackers & travellers on a budget. Safari tents, powered and unpowered camp sites are available for hire on a daily basis.
  
*'''Cairns Australia''' has a comprehensive list of accommodation in and around Daintree from spas & affordable lodges to rainforest hideaways.[http://www.cairns-australia.com/daintree-accommodation.html]
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There is also Coconut Beach Resort at Cape Tribulation.
 
 
Coconut Beach Resort at Cape Tribulation has been renamed to Cape Tribulation Resort but is currently closed awaiting new owners.
 
  
 
===Camping===
 
===Camping===

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