The World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest is about two hours drive north-west of Cairns and can be seen on a day trip from the city or over the course of two days, staying overnight in one of its wilderness.
The tropical rainforest is home to the most diverse range of plants and animals on earth, including the rare tree-dwelling kangaroo and the endangered cassowary.
On foot, you’ll find that rainforest meets reef at Cape Tribulation, where you can easily lose hours walking through tropical lowland forest or along stretches of white sand.
Cassowaries are raritites (third-tallest and second-heaviest flightless bird) that are native to the tropical forests of New Guinea, nearby islands and northeastern Australia.
Cassowaries feed mainly on fruit, although all species are truly omnivorous and will take a range of other plant food, including shoots and grass seeds, in addition to fungi, invertebrates, and small vertebrates. Cassowaries are very shy, but when provoked they are capable of inflicting injuries, occasionally fatal, to dogs and people.