These Daintree Rainforest facts will make you want to visit this real life Jurassic Park ASAP.
From ancient flowering plants, to surviving the Ice Age, here’s 10 mind-blowing Daintree Rainforest facts that are sure to impress…
1. It’s huge, like, the size of Sydney, level huge
If that alone didn’t make you spit out your coffee in awe, here’s some more comparisons that might float your boat:
- It’s the size of 25,000 football fields
- 162 Sydney Harbours could fit in the Daintree
- It is around four times the size of Malta
FYI the Daintree Rainforest is 1,200 square kilometres. That’s a whole lot of rainforest!
2. There’s glow in the dark plants
The Daintree Rainforest is pretty much nature’s 90s rave. Wander through this World Heritage wonder at night and discover glow in the dark moss, bio-luminescent fungus and even glow worms.
3. It is home to the only place on earth where two World Heritage sites meet.
The Daintree Rainforest extends out to the coast, where it meets the Great Barrier Reef. This meeting of these two sites is obvious at Cape Tribulation, where the reef is so close to the shore that Captain Cook crashed his boat into it!
4. It is tens of millions of years older than the Amazon
The Daintree Rainforest is estimated to around 180 million years old, this is around 40 million years older than the Amazon!
Incredibly, the Daintree Rainforest actually survived the Ice Age by shrinking and surviving in small pockets. So yes, this real life Jurassic Park really once was roamed by dinosaurs!
5. It is literally a surviving Jurassic Park
The Jurassic Period may have been around 145 million years ago, some of it’s primitive life can still be found in the Daintree Rainforest. As a matter of fact, it is home to 13 of the world’s primitive flowering plant species, including the famed Idiot Fruit.
Visiting the Daintree totally counts as time travelling right?
6. It is home to 65% of Australia’s bat and butterfly species
That’s pretty crazy considering that is only takes up 0.1% of Australia.
7. It’s the favourite spot of Sir David Attenborough
The Daintree Rainforest is a favourite spot of world’s most famous naturalists: Sir David Attenborough! He describes it as “the most extraordinary place on earth”. We agree David, we agree.
8. There are more tree species in one hectare of the rainforest than in the whole of the UK
9. If it wasn’t gigantic enough already, it’s home to some of the largest tropical tree species in the world
One of these species is the Bull Kauri, which grows up to 50 metres in height and 2.7 metres in diameter.
10. It is home to around 400 rare or threatened species
Including the giant Southern Cassowary, elusive Bennett’s Tree Kangaroo and the White Lipped Tree Frog, the world’s largest frog.