the amazing World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest

The observatory is nestled in lowland rainforest at the base of Mount Sorrow and is only minutes from upland rainforest, fringing reefs, mangrove habitats and the Great Barrier Reef.

  • Largest continuous area of tropical rainforest in Australia
  • Unique and evolutionarily distinctive flora and fauna
  • One of the most complex ecosystems on earth
  • Species that date back 110 million years


where the rainforest meets the reef

The Daintree Rainforest Observatory offers researchers access to a range of ecosystems: highland rainforest, lowland rainforest, above canopy, canopy layers, understorey, leaf litter, soil, freshwater, mangroves and shoreline.

  • Working areas and laboratories on site
  • Sophisticated sensor network
  • Canopy crane
  • Weather stations
  • More data than you can poke a stick at


ideal for secondary and tertiary students

The Daintree Rainforest Observatory is the ideal place to get secondary students connected to principles of biology, ecology and biodiversity, and give tertiary students exposure to field conditions.

  • Provides a student-centred and inquiry-focused practice environment
  • Open design and flexible spaces
  • Modern teaching and conference facilities
  • Pre-prepared curriculum-linked resources are available for teachers

Classroom in the rainforest

A world-class research station and education centre


Accommodation and work-areas

The Daintree Rainforest Observatory is a recently renovated rainforest field station available to educators, researchers and students.

  • Dormitory accommodation for up to 50 people, including 10 beds in self-contained unit
  • Communal commercial kitchen, laundry, bathroom and shower facilities
  • Three laboratories
  • Large multi-purpose room/lecture theater with audio-visual equipment

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