Wet Tropics World Heritage Area
There are plenty of ways to enjoy the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, which spans 3,452 square miles (8,940 square kilometers) and includes over 20 national parks. To get the most out of the area, book a guided tour, most of which originate out of Cairns or Port Douglas and take in highlights such as Daintree National Park, Cape Tribulation, or Kuranda. Activities include wildlife spotting, bird-watching, hiking, horseback riding, ziplining, ATV riding, river rafting or cruises, 4WD safaris, and scenic railway, skyway, and jungle-canopy tours. Opt for a multi-day tour to see the most of the vast area or the nearby Great Barrier Reef.
Things to Know Before You Go
The Wet Tropics World Heritage Area is ideal for nature lovers, outdoor enthusiasts, and adventure travelers.
Wear sturdy, comfortable shoes if you plan to hike or explore the area.
It’s a good idea to bring sun protection, water, and insect repellant.
Don't forget your camera, as there are stunning vistas throughout the area.
How to Get There
The Wet Tropics World Heritage Area stretches from just north of Townsville to just south of Cooktown, in Queensland. The best way to get there is to join a guided tour or drive. Most tours operate out of Cairns or Port Douglas.
When to Get There
The best time to visit the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area is between August and November, when the temperatures are the most comfortable. December through March are hot and rainy, so be sure to bring rain protection if traveling during this time.
Biodiversity of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area
The biodiversity of the region is unparalleled in Australia, with some species originating when Australia was still part of the Gondwana supercontinent. The area is home to over 650 species of vertebrae, around 85 of which are unique to the area. It's also home to over 300 plants and over 100 animals that are rare or endangered, including the southern cassowary, the yellow-bellied glider, the lemuroid ringtail possum, and the northern bettong.
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