Wet Tropics

Mossman Gorge, Daintree National Park

The World Heritage listed Wet Tropics is an extraordinary area occupying less than one-thousandth of Australia, yet it contains 65% of the country’s fern species, 36% of the mammal species, 50% of the bird species and 60% of the butterfly species. The region is a scenic strip of pristine wilderness stretching 450km from Townsville to Cooktown. Its rainforests are home to 3,000 plant species that have been evolving over the past 100 million years, and are a refuge to many species of animals regarded as relics from ancient Gondwanan fauna. The region has spectacular gorges, waterfalls and vistas, which are accessible by car or a network of walking trails. Find out more from Wet Tropics Management Authority (WTMA)