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VIP NEWSLETTER APRIL 2013

VIP DESTINATION: THE DAINTREE

www.visitedplanet.comThe Daintree Rainforest is a spectacular tract of land in north Queensland, north of Mossman and Cairns. It is full of amazing animal and plant species with coastline and fringing reefs lying just off shore also.

For an adventure packed destination this is the place to go with close encounters with crocs on offer, 4wd tours, diving and much more.




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THE ANIMALS

Beer Can Regatta, Darwin - www.visitedplanet.comHere are some of the stellar facts about the forest:

- contains 30 percent of Australia's frog, reptile and marsupial species
- contains 65 percent of Australia's bat and butterfly species
- includes 18 percent of all Australian bird species such as honeyeaters, robins, monarchs and thrushes
- home to 12,000 species of insects
- the Daintree is home to the Southern Cassowary and Bennett's Tree-kangaroo whicch are both rare and endangered species

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THE ACTIVITIES

www.visitedplanet.comThe Daintree Rainforest is a 26000km square area that grows right down to the edge of the sea. That means there's plenty to do and amazing sights to see. Here are some activities to consider while you're here:

* Walks and trails through the national parks to waterfalls and beaches
* Diving and sailing activities - given the location right on the reef there are ample opportunities to explore the underwater world here with coral cays to marvel over
* Sunbathing on beautiful beaches
* Crocodile river cruises by day and night
* Take the Daintree Rainforest River Train
* 4wd safaris to Cape Tribulation along the famous Bloomfield Track
* Night jungle Walks to enjoy the cacophony of rainforest life and noise
* Visit wildlife sanctuaries
* Go fishing for barramundi
* Birdwatching - 12 species are only found here in the tropics.
* Food - enjoy the exotic tropical fruits of the Daintree
* Rest and relaxation - escape the stress of everyday life in tranquil settings. There are beaches to enjoy, yoga, massage or walks.

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GETTING THERE

The Daintree is an extensive region that stretches from Mossman Gorge to the Bloomfield River. Many travellers base in Daintree Village, a small settlement 12km from the Daintree River ferry crossing, or Mossman. From Cairns it's more than 100km into the park.

The Daintree is an extensive region that stretches from Mossman Gorge to the Bloomfield River. Many base in Daintree Village, a small settlement 12km from the Daintree River ferry crossing, or Mossman. From Cairns it's more than 100km into the park.

There are a number of ways of getting there.

Sun Palm Transport has regular bus services to Cape Tribulation and meets flights. The Daintree Shuttle, operated by FNQ Buslines, comes to Cape Tribulation twice weekly. Check with them for schedules. Country Road Coachlines travels to Cooktown via Cape Tribulation also.

You can also rent a car to drive up to this region. The road is sealed to Cape Tribulation but if you plan to continue beyond this area you will need a 4WD and some know how to cross the creek crossings and deal with road conditions that can be treacherous.

Charter flights, helicopters and microlights can also land at the Daintree Airstrip at Cow Bay.

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