A small tourist centre for some of North Queensland's most beautiful tropical rainforest.
Location: 111 km north of Cairns; 56 km from Port Douglas
Places of interest: McDowell Ranges; Daintree River; Daintree National
Park; 'Big Barramundi'; Daintree Rainforest Discovery Centre; Timber
Timber Museum and Gallery
Historically Daintree was first settled in the late 1870s and early
1880s by timber cutters who were searching for cedar trees in the
rainforest. At the time there were large stands of red cedar near the
river and the loggers moved the felled timber down the river by
constructing rafts from the logs and some of their original tools may
be viewed in the Daintree Timber Gallery. For over 25 years, the Timber
Gallery has sought out only the most unique species of wood to create
their world famous vases, bowls and other natural works of art.
Explorer George Dalrymple discovered the Daintree River in 1873 and
wrote at that time; "no river in North Australia possesses surroundings
combining so much of distant mountain grandeur with local beauty and
wealth of vegetation" and this still holds true today. Daintree was
first settled in the late 1870s and early 1880s by timber cutters who
logged the large stands of cedar trees then found in the rainforest.
They were followed by dairy and beef farmers, though today the mainstay
of the local economy is tourism.
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Origin of name: derived from Daintree River, which was named by
George Dalrymple (1826-1876) explorer, public servant and politician,
on 6th December 1873, after Richard Daintree (1832-1878) geologist and
photographer who was also Queensland's Agent-General in London.