The Daintree River ferry is the gateway to the solitary place on the planet where two World Heritage areas unite. The Daintree Rainforest and Great Barrier Reef - majestic and unsurpassed in biological significance.
Daintree rainforest, river, reef and specialist experiences and tours are highly-recommended to ensure satisfactory engagement with nature's masterpiece. Through the knowledge of the custodial community, discerning travellers are able to gain privileged access to Australia's most significant natural ecosystems and its richest diversity of flora and fauna.
Designed and created to enhance the visitor's experience of being in the Daintree rainforest, accommodation ranges from four star resrots to boutique resorts, backpacker hostels, holiday apartments and motels, holiday houses, bed and breakfasts and camping gournds. Accommodation is available throughout the Daintree Coast; along the Daintree River, at Cape Kimberley, Cow Bay, Cooper Creek, Thornton Beach and Cape Tribulation.
Restaurant and cafes, using local produce and offering delicious cuisine, are set in rainforest, tropical gardens or beachfront locations. The area also includes opportunities to tantalize the tastebuds with rare and exotic fruit, only grown in tropical temperatures or blended into exquisite ice-creams and smoothies, with tastings at various locations. The area also produces it's own tea and coffee brands, bio-dynamic icecream and vanilla beans ,which are available, along with many other goods at the shops within the Daintree Rainforest.
There is a requisite focus on conservation, enhanced by ecotourism ,as the means of supporting sustainable management. Travellers have a tremendous capacity to engage with the custodial community as partners in the achievement of a genuine sustainability. Slow down and savour Nature's Masterpiece.
Tourism is more vital to this Daintree rainforest community than quite possibly any other community in the world. Without tourism to provide the requisite economy, the community's regulated conservation management functions cannot be met ... and not just tourism per se; rather a very particular kind of tourism - called ecotourism - that joins the custodial community as an inter-dependent partner-in-protection.
Just as Australia was formerly compelled to showcase to other (perhaps) less-developed nations with tropical rainforest, that conservation could produce socio-economic benefits greater than extractive industries, so too should this very special part of the world showcase the world's first model of genuine sustainability.
It has all the necessary ingredients: Unparalleled natural and cultural capital and an integrated community of dedicated custodians ... all it requires is the appropriate form of tourism.
The International Ecotourism Society defines ecotourism as:
Responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people.
Travellers to the Daintree Rainforest Coast have the capacity to support the achievement of long-term sustainability through conscientious conformity to the stated definition of ecotourism. Indeed, a truly sustainable partnership will allow for the achievement of the Daintree Rainforest Community's enormous potential, to provide a beacon of integrated conservation management, for other communities living within rainforest environments throughout the world.
Beyond the benefits of achieving ethical access to the Daintree's most inspiring rainforest, river and reef experiences, participants become the driving force towards a more sustainable future. Such determination can make ALL the difference in the world.
Green Travel Leaders : Cooper Creek Wilderness, Daintree Discovery Centre & Daintree River Cruise Centr.