A visitor’s guide to the Daintree Rainforest

Visiting the Daintree Rainforest will be a memorable experience.

Consisting of nearly 900,000 hectares, vegetation is primarily tropical rainforest. The climate of a tropical rainforest is unmistakable in the name “Tropical” meaning that is it usually warm and humid. When you’re not under the protective cover of the canopy, the tropical sun can be quite strong. The Daintree Rainforest has about 120 days of rain per year, with an average of 2013 mm falling per year. Thankfully, tropical rainstorms tend to be short lived and during our ‘wet’ season, you may experience downpours intermittently for an hour or two throughout the day with clear weather in between.

We are often asked what to wear or bring on a tour. To help plan your trip to the rainforest here are some recommendations.

Any sense of fashion should stay back at your hotel/ resort.

With our Tropical humid weather and as a general rule for comfort, we advise loose-fitting, cotton clothing. This not only keeps you cool but will make it harder for any march flies or mosquitoes to bite through.

Shorts and light cotton shirts or Cotton Tee Shirts work best. For cooler months(May to August) a light jacket is recommended.

You don’t need big solid walking boots, just something with good grip and support. Comfortable flat walking shoes, such as sneakers or runners work well however flat sandals are also fine as they let your feet breathe.

A hat is a must for protection from our harsh sun. You will probably spend as much time outside the vehicle as in it. Being outside in the tropics means hot days, high ultra violet (UV) conditions.


Your camera, spare batteries and spare memory card if you are inclined to taking lots of photos. Camera phones are getting so much better but a dedicated camera will give you more options, especially when the light is inadequate.

Sunscreen and Swimsuit. A swim in the rainforest is refreshing although at times may not be available due to fast flowing streams.

Water bottle. Many guest travel with/prefer their own water bottle. Outside the vehicle when the temperature climbs over 30 degrees, it’s easy to become dehydrated. We carry large tubs of filtered drinking water which is available for guests to refill their water bottles up with.

Insect repellent is available on board, however may guests these days suffer from one allergy or other, so if you experience any allergies it’s always best to bring your own.

What not to bring: Excess jewellery or large amounts of cash.

Tight clothes. It will be uncomfortable and the mosquitoes can bite through them.

Black clothes. Black attracts mosquitoes, don’t give them any more incentive to bite you than they already have.

We hope that this will assist with your travel arrangements and look forward to having you on board with us.

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