Wet Tropics

The Wet Tropics is a World Heritage-protected area of 8940 square kilometres and runs up the eastern escarpment of the Great Dividing Range from Townsville to Cooktown. Two of the largest tracts are Daintree and Wooroonooran national parks: deep, dense thickets of wet tropical rainforest, which, the Daintree in particular, record major evolutionary stages in the earth’s history. Many species, such as the ribbonwood tree, originated when Australia was still part of Gondwana, over 65 million years ago. There is also an abundance of fauna here with 30 per cent of Australia’s marsupial species, 60 per cent of its bats and 62 per cent of its butterflies calling this area home.

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