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World Heritage Listed in 1988, the Daintree Rainforest (Queensland's Wet Tropics), with an area of 1200 square kilometres, has become recognised internationally for its diversity and uniqueness mainly to do with botanical aspects.

With a canopy up to 45 metres above the forest floor, it supports, at every level, from the highest tree tops to the leaf littered floor, the largest range of plants and animals on earth.

The rainforest contains 30% of all frog, marsupial and reptile species, and 65% of the bat and butterfly species of Australia.

In addition 50% of Australia’s birds reside in Queensland's Wet Tropics and Great Barrier Reef islands centred by the rainforest. The bird population of the area consists of 430 species, 13 of which are found nowhere else on the planet. Furthermore, the area contains the highest number of plant and animal species that are rare, or threatened with extinction.

The ecosystem of the Daintree Rainforest is one of the most fascinating and intricate in the world. Many of the plants are "co-dependent", and would not survive without the others they depend upon for one reason or another.

Because of its fragile ecosystem, government regulations restrict movement by people within the World Heritage Listed Daintree Rainforest. However, tourism operators are aware of the fragile nature of the area and take measures to lower the impact made by the large number of holiday makers who now visit the region.

When visiting any area in the Daintree Rainforest make every effort to leave it as you found it. Daintree Tourism Information. Be sure to obey all signage and any verbal instructions given by tourism operators.

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