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Daintree Discovery Centre
The Daintree Rainforest is the oldest continuous rainforest on earth, its World Heritage listed and it’s an iconic destination of Far North Queensland but teaching the importance of this to your children can be difficult. This is where the Daintree Discovery Centre can help - visual, audio, tactile, the Discovery Centre has it all. It’s an informative learning environment that the whole family will enjoy.
Firstly, there’s a children’s audio guide available that sounds a bit like Steve Irwin talking. It has plenty of drama and edge to keep your kids entertained with the occasional gory or delicious detail and the odd snippet of music, making it a truly entertaining package for the young-at-mind.
Secondly, it’s not just the audio that helps. Follow the aerial walkway to the interpretation centre and there are interactive touch-screens and poster displays on interesting rainforest facts, plus a touch-table full of objects that are often found discarded on a typical forest floor. There’s also a collection of fish in aquariums along with a small reptile house, just in case you don’t spot all those critters that camouflage themselves so well amongst the rainforest.
Climbing the canopy tower allows you above the tree line and into a totally different environment to the forest floor. Suitably impressive for children are the life-sized metallic silhouettes of extinct mega-fauna scattered along the walkway. It gives them a glimpse of how the rainforest may have looked million years ago. Ultimately, what would have normally have taken my children 15-minutes to get around took them over an hour to explore.
FACTS: The audio guides are available in 8 languages and include an indigenous and a children’s tour.
TIP: Get the kids to wear enclosed shoes. My 6-year old was tripping over her thongs continuously along the aerial walkway.
Best age – 6-years and up. Not suitable for prams.
Where: Cnr Cape Tribulation Rd & Tulip Oak Rd (view map)
When: 8.30am to 5.00pm daily
Price: Child: AUD$16.00 (5 - 17 years)
Website: (visit website)
Author: Kate Richards
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