Daintree National Park

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Daintree is a national park in Far North Queensland, Australia, 1,502 km (933 mi) northwest of Brisbane and 100 km (62 mi) northwest of Cairns. It was founded in 1981[1] and is part of the Wet Tropics of Queensland. In 1988 it was granted listing as a World Heritage List.[1][2] The park consists of two sections, with a settled agricultural area between them which includes the towns of Mossman and Daintree Village.

Daintree National Park is valued because of its exception biodiversity.[3] It contains significant habitat for rare species and prolific birdlife. The name is derived from the Daintree River which was named by George Elphinstone Dalrymple, an early explorer of the area, after his friend, Richard Daintree.

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Mossman Gorge section

The Great Dividing Range is close to the coast in this region. This section covers 56,500 ha of mostly inaccessible rainforests and mountain woodlands.[3] The popular Mossman Gorge is located in the southern part of the park.[2]

Cape Tribulation section

Cape Tribulation also lies in the park.[2] Originally the cape belonged to Cape Tribulation National Park from 1981 but was amalgamated into Daintree National Park in 1983.[3] This section covers 17,000 ha along a narrow coastal strip and contains Australia's last extensive stands of lowland rainforest.[3]

The Daintree National Park's traditional owners are the Eastern Kuku Yalanji Aboriginal people. Many of the natural features of the landscape hold spiritual significance for the traditional owners.[4] One of these features is the location of the bouncing stones at Thornton Beach. The rocks here have a high density due to vulcanism.[1] The park contains the Daintree River, Bloomfield River and Mossman River.

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