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Daintree Discovery Centre

Cow Bay, Douglas Area

A multi-award winner, the Discovery Centre is nestled in the heart of the rainforest, 10 kilometres north of the Daintree River.

The Centre is a 'must see' for anyone visiting the area and where you can experience the rainforest at every level - from the forest floor to the upper most reaches of the canopy.

From the top of the 23 metre high Canopy Tower you can check out spectacular orchids and if you're lucky you might just spot a python curled up in a giant basket fern. The spectacular Aerial Walkway provides unprecedented access to the mid level rainforest. You may see a Cassowary with a clutch of chicks wandering along the creek below.

The Display Centre has a DVD theatre with films on conservation, cassowaries, crocodiles and more. Interactive computer kiosks have animated DVD's - a great hit with the kids and the creek ecology display has fish, frogs and turtles and a reptile display.

Self guided audio tours feature interesting information of how the traditional local Aboriginal people made good use of the natural features of the rainforest.

Entry Costs

Entry Cost AUD Valid From Inclusions
Adult $32.00 1 April 2014 – 31 March 2015 Includes: Self-guided Audio Tour (available in 8 languages - English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, Cantonese and Mandarin) 48 page Interpretive Guide Book valued at AUD9.95 Return entry for 7 days
Child $16.00 1 April 2014 – 31 March 2015 Includes: Self-guided Audio Tour (available in 8 languages - English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, Cantonese and Mandarin) 48 page Interpretive Guide Book valued at AUD9.95 Return entry for 7 days New Child Audio tour (suit 5 - 9 years) now available!
Concession $28.50 1 April 2014 – 31 March 2015 Includes: Self-guided Audio Tour (available in 8 languages - English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, Cantonese and Mandarin) 48 page Interpretive Guide Book valued at AUD9.95 Return entry for 7 days
Family $78.00 1 April 2014 – 31 March 2015 Includes: Self-guided Audio Tour (available in 8 languages - English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, Cantonese and Mandarin) 48 page Interpretive Guide Book valued at AUD9.95 Return entry for 7 days New - Child Audio tour (suit 5 - 9 years) now available!

Open Times

Note: Open 0830 to 1700. Closed Christmas Day.

Facilities

  • Car park
  • Tour Desk
  • Walking Tracks

Other Information

Accessibility:

There is access for guests with a disability. There is wheel chair access from the reception area, across the Aerial Walkway to the Interpretive Display Centre and the base of the Canopy Tower. Special drop off area in car park for guests with a disability.

Children:

Children are welcome. New self-guided Audio Tour (suit children four - nine years) now available.
Cape Tribulation Road
Corner of Tulip Oak Road
Cow Bay, Douglas Area
Queensland
Australia

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Daintree Discovery Centre

Cow Bay, Douglas Area
A multi-award winner, the Discovery Centre is nestled in the heart of the rainforest, 10 kilometres north of the Daintree River. The Centre is a 'must see' for anyone visiting the area and where you can experience the rainforest at every level - from the forest floor to the upper most reaches of the canopy. From the top of the 23 metre high Canopy Tower you can check out spectacular orchids and if you're lucky you might just spot a python curled up in a giant basket fern. The spectacular Aerial Walkway provides unprecedented access to the mid level rainforest. You may see a Cassowary with a clutch of chicks wandering along the creek below. The Display Centre has a DVD theatre with films on conservation, cassowaries, crocodiles and more. Interactive computer kiosks have animated DVD's - a great hit with the kids and the creek ecology display has fish, frogs and turtles and a reptile display. Self guided audio tours feature interesting information of how the traditional local Aboriginal people made good use of the natural features of the rainforest.

Cow Bay

Cow Bay, Douglas Area
After crossing the Alexandra Range visitors encounter the first bit of 'civilisation' north of the Daintree River at Cow Bay, located halfway between the Daintree River and Cape Tribulation and offering great beach and rainforest experiences. The turn off to Cow Bay Beach is at Buchanan Creek Road. On the way you can observe the hills of the Alexandra Range (on the right) with its dark rainforest vegetation. Watch for birds, butterflies and cassowaries in this area.  The three secluded bays of Cow Bay Beach are perfect for relaxing, swimming and snorkeling on the inshore reefs and also fishing and beach walking. There are always shady spots on these beaches. Guided sea kayaking can be booked locally at Crocodylus Village. Cow Bay is not a township but a place name derived from the farming of cattle in the area in the early days. The other idea is that Cow Bay is named after the dugongs (sea cows) which come to feed on the seagrass beds in the bay. Cow Bay had a colourful past of farming, logging and grazing. Today tourism is the main industry and sustainability is the main aim of the local community. Local businesses in the Cow Bay and Diwan region offer various types of accommodation - resort style, backpacker, holiday houses, apartments, bed and breakfasts and camping. There is the Daintree Discovery Centre, home-made ice-creams, restaurants, cafés, art and craft, rainforest tours, tea growing, an air strip, horse riding, overnight sea-kayaking to Snapper Island, guided walks and the RACQ depot.
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