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"
Sir David Attenborough


Scientists also hold it in high esteem and in the opinion of Sir David Attenborough, is 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.


Wet Tropics World Heritage Area Map Cairns and Central Coast Northern Wet Tropics South Central Southern Wet Tropics Tablelands
Northern Wet Tropics Cairns & Central Coast South Central Southern Wet Tropics Tablelands

Spots of interest for your itinerary...

Black Mountain - Cooktown

Bump Track - Kuranda National and Mowbray National Park

Keating’s Lagoon - Cooktown

Mossman Gorge - Mossman

Mount Cook National Park - Cooktown

Daintree National Park

- read about the special places
you can visit in the Daintree




For more information:

Tourism Tropical North Queensland

Cooktown and Cape York Visitor Information

Daintree Coast

Tourism Port Douglas Daintree

Daintree Village Information

Mossman Gorge Centre


Comprehensive regional park guides

Click the links to download brochure PDFs:

Atherton and Evelyn tablelands (3.6MB) 
Tropical coast (Cairns to Townsville) (8.2MB)
Cape York (4.2MB)


News and Events

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News and Events

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Yellow crazy ant taskforce go to battle

Yellow crazy ant taskforce go to battle

Taskforce set to hand-treat yellow crazy ant infestations in southern Cairns suburbs and World Heritage Area... READ MORE

The Authority's July eNews out now

The Authority's July eNews out now

From taking to the skies to getting down among the rainforest and communities, the Authority has been spreading itself wide. ... READ MORE

Kids get 'wild' with eco-art sculptures

Kids get 'wild' with eco-art sculptures

The Wet Tropics Management Authority has joined students, parents and teachers at the Cairns Botanic Gardens Centre to celebrate their contributi... READ MORE