Daintree Coast

The natural beauty of the Daintree, which Sir David Attenborough described as “the most spectacular and diverse rainforest region on earth”, and of the ancient and unique biodiversity of the World Heritage Listed Wet Tropics are well documented.

What we don’t often talk about is the Daintree coastal rainforest area, the mostly privately owned area surrounding the Cape Tribulation Road, also known as “north of the river” or “over the river”.

It is considered by many scientists to be more significant than the World Heritage Listed area – it was left off the 1988 World Heritage listing and out of the Daintree National Park because it was already privately owned, subdivided into approximately 1100 properties.

Prior to subdivision, the area had been converted to leasehold farms during the Depression to encourage settlement and land clearing. Some of these properties have since been acquired for conservation purposes, for example by Rainforest Rescue, although about 400 have already been developed and around 180 may still be developed.

In May 2013, much of the publicly owned land and some indigenous owned blocks were declared an Indigenous Protected Area (IPA). The Jalunji-Warra bama (sea-country people), of the Kuku-Yalanji nation, the traditional owners of the area, have aspirations to return to country and manage the IPA for conservation, guided by their IPA Management Plan.

The Jalunji-Warra bama, the Wet Tropics Management Authority, Queensland Parks and Wildlife and the three levels of government all have a role to play in the decisions which affect the entire area and management of public land, but it is us, the residents and landholders, who have the great responsibility of caring for majority of the land day to day.

The information here is sourced mostly from The Daintree Futures Study, local knowledge, and the previous Daintree Landholder Kit, developed in 1995. This website replaces the old Kit – we hope it helps you understand the fragility and complexity of our environment, to overcome the challenges of living here and find a balance between the two.

Most of all, we hope it is the start to a long and rewarding stay here, and that you come to love our home as much as we do and join us in stewarding it.