Information on the Daintree
The Daintree is a wilderness area unlike any other, ancient rainforest
run from the mountains right down to the blue waters of the Coral Sea.
Scientists believe that this rainforest has survived unchanged for at least 120 million years and many plant and animal species exist here that are found nowhere else on the planet.
The Daintree rainforest is on UNESCO's World Heritage List, and it adjoins the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park which is on the same list.
The area offers spectacular natural scenery, and while most photographers prefer the sunny days, the rainforest is an awesome place in heavy rains too.
Since the 1980's when the Bloomfield Track blockade put the Daintree in the headlines around the world, various governments at all levels have made efforts to protect the Daintree rainforest, some succesful, some not so, and some downright controversial with measures not respecting the rights of the population that lives in this area. While the government might have been succcesful in preserving the natural beauty of this area, the community continues to suffer the economic consequences of kneejerk reactions to save the rainforest.
The local community wants the Daintree to become a true eco-tourism destination and they want to get rid of their generators and connect to the grid like the rest of Australia, but the Queensland Government stubbornly maintains the status quo.