Northern Wet Tropics
The region from Port Douglas to Cooktown offers visitors a range of experiences including scenic coastal drives, some of the most spectacular rainforest on earth and a taste of the rugged and remote landscape of Cape York Peninsula.
Just north of Palm Cove (one of Cairns most northern beach) the Captain Cook Highway hugs its undulating coastline for the 45km journey to Port Douglas and Mossman. Visitors can explore the rugged mountain backdrops at the Bump Track near Port Douglas and Mossman Gorge.
About 30km north of Mossman is the Daintree Coast, popular among visitors for its perfect reef and rainforest vistas. The Daintree is home to Australia's largest remaining stand of lowland tropical rainforest - a last refuge for unique plants and animals with a history stretching back over many millions of years.
"The most spectacular and diverse rainforest region on earth"
The Daintree Coast is a small part of the Kuku Yalanji tribal area and has great spiritual and cultural significance for these people. Their stories, songs and dances continue to give special meaning to the landscape.
North of the Daintree Coast, the World Heritage Area becomes increasingly rugged and remote, with high mountain wilderness areas, coastal rainforest and mangrove areas.
At the northern boundary of the World Heritage Area lies the historic settlement of Cooktown.
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