TIME FOR A BIT OF A WANDER..
You have to walk in the Daintree rainforest, you just do!! You CAN’T come to the Daintree and not immerse yourself into the rainforest. But thankfully, it’s not that difficult. The local council have been busy maintaining boardwalks and pathways through the forest that really let you see how this natural wonder has managed to survive throughout all those millenniums. Here’s is just a few of the walks that you can set off on to really take in and enjoy the forest.
The Marrja boardwalk gives a great example of how the forest changes from the coast going back to meet the mountains. From the mangrove forest and abundance of root networks down by the saltwater, and then moving in to the Giant Fan Palms, rope vines, beautiful Beech Trees and much, much more. There’s an amazing Strangler Fig near the start of the walk that appears to be hollowed out simply because the host tree has long gone and decayed away. This walk won’t take you more than a good 45 minutes, but why rush, you never know what you might see in the forest.
At Cape Tribulation, yes that headland made popular by good ol’ Captain Cook, you’ll find another nice walk that takes you from one beach, over and around, to the another. Once you enter the car park you have two choices. To your left will take you to the Cape Tribulation Beach, with a nice little boardwalk to the Kulki Lookout or down to the sandy shore. And to your right, up and over the steps, following the path through the thin coastal forest will lead you to Myall Beach. Both equally beautiful spots for a bit of just loitering on the beach!! As you do. This one is also an easy 45 minute walk, but seriously, who’s timing things here!!
JINDALBA FOREST CIRCUIT
My personal favourite though has to be the Jindalba boardwalk, just past the Discovery Centre. There’s a super easy 700m boardwalk, which is pleasant enough. But the best is the trek through the forest, following the pink markers, making sure you stay on the right track. This one is definitely a bit more demanding, up and down a few slopes, much bigger circuit too. Allow a good hour or two at an easy pace. But taking your time and just listening, looking and breathing in your surroundings, it’s really just feels like a lovely stroll in a very, very big park.