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Nestled in mountaintop rainforest splendour just to the west of Cairns, Kuranda has been enchanting visitors for years. Accessible by train, cableway or road, the charming Village in the Rainforest’ presents a bevy of tropical delights. From the traditional appeal of the famous Kuranda Markets to...
This is the Ultimate Package, including 7 nights accommodation, Reef Tour, Kuranda Tour, Daintree/Cape Tribulation Tour, Lunch Cruise, Morning Rainforest 4 wd tour and scenic flight over the Reef
This 3 night package is perfect for those with limited time, but want to see all of what Cairns has to offer, including accommodation, return airport shuttle, reef tour and Daintree tour
About Daintree Village
Daintree Village is located on the southern bank of the Daintree River just 20 Kilometres north form Port Douglas and 60 kilometres north of Cairns. The village offers a variety of accommodation from budget B&Bs to private holiday homes and boutique cabins including the famous Daintree Eco Lodge & spa.
On the southern bank of the Daintree River, surrounded by picturesque valleys lies the tiny village of the Daintree. It's just a short drive from the turn off to the Daintree Ferry and well worth the visit for nature lovers.
Named after Richard Daintree, a pioneering geologist of British origin in North Queensland in the 1860s, this quaint rural village was once the base for gold rush pioneers, cedar timber getters and farmers.
The town was first settled by timber cutters who came here looking for the big red cedar trees in the 1880s, they cut down huge numbers of trees and floated them down the river lashed together as rafts to take them to the sawmills. When the timber started running out, other industries such as dairy and beef became the local livelihood. Dairy farms were established which allowed a butter factory to be opened in 1924. Beef farming later became a significant local employer. All the produce was transported by boat until 1933 when the road finally reached the village.
Daintree State School opened in Daintree Village with 10 pupils. The Village had a store, post office, drapery, butcher, baker, cafe, blacksmith and sawmill office.
European and Chinese settlers on both sides of the Daintree River tried many crops – sugar-cane, coffee and other crops. Many descendants of the original settlers still live here, operating thriving, environmentally-sustainable beef cattle, tropical fruit and sugar-cane farms and plantations.
Today Daintree Village has a small community of less than a hundred people thriving on tourism and cattle and tropical fruit farming. Daintree Village has become famous for early morning tours on the Daintree River which are very popular with visiting birdwatchers. Many serious birdwatchers come here specifically to spot birds on the specialized birdwatching tours. These dawn river trips became a catalyst for the many B&B's that sprung up starting in 1993 and became an important employer of local families. Red Mill House, Daintree Village was the first B&B in the Douglas Shire in 1993 and paved the way for many others to follow.
Other accommodation in the village includes self-contained cabins, eco-resort, holiday homes and a caravan park. The village has three cafes, a timber museum, a souvenir shop and galleries showcasing local arts and crafts, parks, picnic tables and public toilets. No fuel is available in Daintree village.
Activities include wildlife cruises, self-guided and an historical walks, segway and argo tours and scenic drives, craft market and galleries.
Local Walks Include:
- Tranquility Falls Walk - 20 minute return
Tranquility Falls Walk is a fifteen minute drive from Daintree Village. The gravel road, suitable for all vehicles, meanders through the valley following the Daintree River, and passes through several cattle farms. The walk itself is relatively easy, taking around 10 minutes and is shaded all the way. Guests are welcome to swim anywhere along the creek and at the waterfall. Tickets are available at the Daintree Information Centre in the village.
- Historical Village Walk – 30 minutes
Pick up a brochure map at a tour desk and stroll around the tiny village, learning about it's fascinating history on the interpretive signs you'll find along the way.