The Daintree Rainforest is the largest—and, say scientists, the oldest—chunk of tropical rainforest in Australia.1 The forest, which receives much of its rain during the summer months, covers approximately 460 square miles of northern Queensland, and its lush greenery meets the ocean at Cape Tribulation.2
The biodiversity found within the Daintree Rainforest is staggering. The area is home to 1/3 of the mammal and freshwater fish species found in Australia and nearly half of the continent’s bird species.3 There are also some 3,000 species of plants, including the extremely rare and memorably named idiot fruit.4
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- Daintree Rainforest. Daintree Discovery Centre. Accessed 2 May 2013.
- Daintree National Park. Daintree Rainforest Information. Accessed 2 May 2013.
- Rainforest. Daintree Secrets. Accessed 2 May 2013.
- Napier, Jenny. Idiot Fruit Holds Key to Daintree’s Ancient Past. The Sydney Morning Herald. 27 June 2006. Accessed 2 May 2013.