The Daintree Discovery Centre is an excellent place to explore the beauty and biodiversity of this ancient Daintree Rainforest.
The Daintree Discovery Centre offers a range of activities and exhibits that will help you learn about the flora and fauna of the Wet Tropics, as well as the cultural history of the local Indigenous people.
Located about an hour drive north from Port Douglas, this is a perfect stop on a self-drive to the Daintree Rainforest. Please not that you will have to cross the Daintree River by ferry to access the Daintree Discovery Centre.
Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, a science lover, or just looking for a unique and educational experience, this is a must-visit destination in North Queensland.
Canopy Tower – Climb 112 steps to the very top of the rainforest canopy. The tower has five different viewing platforms allowing access to the various levels of the rainforest.
Rainforest Walkway – View the spectacular mid-canopy walkway offering access to the mid-level rainforest along with stunning views over McLean’s Creek.
Audio Tours – There are five self-guided walks, available in eight languages, with around four hours of Audio along with an additional Indigenous interpretation tour and children’s tour.
Jurrasic Forest – Walk with the dinosaurs in the Jurassic Forest – just one of five exciting self-guided audio tours available at the Discovery Centre.
Interpretive Centre – A large, open plan complex incorporating a number of themed interactive displays. Including a historical perspective starting with the big bang theory of evolution, an animated film that explores the formation of Gondwana Land and the ‘age of the dinosaurs’, flora and fauna of the rainforest including information about the Cassowary, Crocodiles and many other creatures unique to the Daintree.
Discovery Theatre – Step into a 3D stage hologram experience as you go on country or ‘walkabout’ with KuKu Yalanji man Juan Walker of Walkabout Cultural Adventures.
Providing an insight into the culture and country of these First Nations people, Juan explains how traditionally their land provided for all their needs in a heart warming and moving presentation.
What is included in the entry fee
- The Canopy Tower
- Aerial Walkway
- Cassowary Circuit and Bush Tucker Trail
- Interpretive Display Centre
- Self-guided Audio Tour (available in 8 languages* Children’s Audio tour suit ages 5 – 9 years)
- 68 page interpretive guide book
- 7 day re-entry (no extra charge)
*English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, Mandarin and Cantonese.
What we love about this activity
- The Daintree Discovery Centre is a great first stop on your Daintree Self-Drive adventure.
- Learn all about the Daintree so you know what to look for when exploring the Daintree by yourself.
- Some parts of the Daintree Discovery Centre are accesible with wheelchairs, please ask us for more detailed information.
- Great fun for the whole family!
What to bring
- Closed in footwear is recommended at all times, especially during wet weather
About the Operator
The Daintree Rainforest Environmental Centre (now known as the Daintree Discovery Centre) was built in 1988-9 and opened by Senator Graham Richardson on June 26, 1989. From humble beginnings the Centre has become a very successful, privately funded enterprise that is setting a benchmark for other ecotourism operators. Despite being visited by thousands of people every year, it is recognised as a highly sustainable tourism attraction.
The original concept for an environmental centre in the Daintree Rainforest area came about following a visit to the region by the founders Ron and Pam Birkett. As a result of this initial visit,they came to realise the majority of visitors were leaving the area feeling as they did – disappointed and somewhat disillusioned with the lack of information about the rainforest available for visitors.
One of the standout features of the Daintree Discovery Centre is its commitment to sustainability and conservation. The centre has won numerous awards for its eco-friendly design and operations, which include rainwater harvesting, solar power, and minimal waste.
The centre also supports a number of research and conservation projects, which aim to protect the unique biodiversity of the Daintree Rainforest for future generations.
Daintree Discovery Centre Pricing
- Adult $39
- Child (5 – 17) $19
- Concession/Student $36
- Family (2 adults/2 children) $95