World Heritage listing is the highest order of conservation that a nation-state can bestow on its natural and/or cultural treasures. Cooper Creek Wilderness is a unique parcel of rainforest that contributed significantly to the achievement of World Heritage-listing for the greater portion of Queensland’s Wet Tropical rainforests.
Daintree Rainforest on the eastern flank of Thornton Peak contains high quality complex mesophyll rainforest and is a living museum of primitive fauna and flora. This is the central and most biologically diverse lowland rainforest in the heart of the world’s oldest rainforest.
Access to the awe-inspiring grandeur of the Fan Palm (Licuala Ramsayi) dominated rainforest is best achieved on natural walking trails in the company of an inhabitant who lives with the complexity of the rainforests’ intriguing diversity of relationships.
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Custom Combination Tour itineraries can be organised to assist in providing access to the broader expanse of natural and cultural values within the central gondwanan portion of the Daintree Rainforest.
Guided and interpreted rainforest tours are offered through Daintree Rainforest. Complex inter-relationships at the meeting-place of two World Heritage properties – Australia’s Wet Tropical Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef, are explained by expert inhabitant guides.
There is a wealth of difference between pristine old-growth rainforest and public boardwalks constructed along the fringing edge of the roads. Ensure that you experience the difference by booking onto a Cooper Creek Wilderness Daintree Rainforest Tour.
Situated directly below Wundungu (Thornton Peak), the epicentre of refugial significance in the ancient Daintree Rainforest, midway between the Daintree River and Cape Tribulation, Cooper Creek Wilderness is far removed from mass tourism, but welcoming to genuine travellers who want to experience the continuity of rainforest existence over an estimated 170-million years.
Cooper Creek Wilderness presents a living museum that contains every stage in the evolution of plants and animals. It is more than an exciting and interesting place to visit; it contains the forebears of Australia’s more modern forests and through its complex interrelationships provides inspiration and knowledge for understanding of the environment for all humankind.
It takes determination and discernment to gain entry to the primitive sections of the Daintree Rainforest. The chances of finding extraordinary fauna and flora are increased by participating on both day and night tours. All visitor payments contribute to the conservation and protection of this privately-owned World Heritage Nature Refuge. Genuine ecotourism provides the conservation economy that protects the natural and cultural values and also supports custodianship of Daintree Rainforest.
Treks are on the rainforest floor, unspoiled by artificial structures. Inhabitant guides traverse discrete trails through a complex rainforest environment, part of an ancient landscape. Cooper Creek Wilderness occupies the centrepiece of the last remnant of the oldest-surviving rainforest in the world. A Gondwanan rainforest relict that has survived more than 170-million years, where ancient plants like the ‘green dinosaur’ remain as living proof of its perseverance over the millenia. Containing the most extensive remnant populations of primitive angiosperms (flowering plant families) in the world, Cooper Creek Wilderness is ideally positioned to showcase World Heritage values to visitors from around the world, through a variety of unique experiences.
Cooper Creek Wilderness has Advanced Ecotourism Accreditation for all its products and is a certified Climate Action Business.
Additional insights into the complexity and excitement of the world’s oldest rainforest can be found in the maintenance of our weblog Rainforest Revelations.