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The Wet Tropics of Queensland in Queensland, Australia was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1988. It is a region of tropical rainforests filled with large and varied plant, bird and marsupial populations.
The area stretches for 450 kilometres along the northeast coast of Australia and borders the Great Barrier Reef. Barron Gorge National Park, Cedar Bay National Park, Daintree National Park, Girringun National Park and Wooroonooran National Park all make up the site.
For more information, visit the Wet Tropics website.
Most people visit the Wet Tropics on a trip northwards towards Cape Tribulation, crossing the Daintree National Park. The area usually is open year round, though as the name suggests wet conditions can cause temporary problems in reaching the area from November to March.
The coastal Cook Highway from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation requires a ferry ride across the Daintree River as there is no bridge over the river. The ferry runs from 6:00 am to midnight. The Daintree River and several creeks along the Cook Highway are tidal so in periods of heavy rainfall and at high tide these waterways can back up and cause flooding of the road. Caution should be taken not to attempt to cross flooded roads.
Cairns is the closest city to reach the area. The following trains go to/from Cairns:
If you have your own car, you can make your way north from Cairns and Port Douglas towards the Daintree National Park, where you cross a small river (small fee as well). The road north from here towards Cape Tribulation runs through a magnificent green patch of rainforest before reaching the cape and its great beaches. It is sealed all the way. If you want to go further north towards Cooktown, you will need a 4wd vehicle. Cooktown can also be reached by an inland road that is sealed all the way.
There are several options in this region, ranging from camp grounds to upscale resorts, many of them offering eco stays.
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I have lived in the Port Douglas for 8 years and holidayed here for over 15 years. My job involves managing a resort and advising travellers about the many natural features and tours available to the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest. As a resort manager we are invited on familiarisation trips with tour operators in the wet tropics. Members of my family has been involved in tourism in this area for over 12 years as a diving instructor, spa manager and massage therapist, resort managers, tour guide, event manager and tour desk advisors. We have toured and holidayed locally in the tablelands and lakes district and my children are avid campers having driven up the east coast of Australia and visited numerous National parks.
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