Rain Forest : A UNESCO Partner Tour
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Approximately 8 Hours
UNESCO World Heritage Site
The Wet Tropics of Queensland was inscribed in 1988 to encompass a 450-kilometer span of tropical rain forest ecosystem that preserves many of the relict species of the paleo-continent Gondwana. Most of Australia’s unique marsupial species originated in rainforests, and this region still harbors the majority of their contemporary descendants, as well as examples of nearly the entire evolution of plants species.
North Queensland is home to the Wet Tropics Rain Forest—the oldest surviving rain forest on the planet and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Experience this living time capsule of Australia’s flora and fauna by driving and walking through this precious environment. An expert local guide will relate the history of the region and entertain you as you head out from Townsville through pineapple and sugarcane plantations. Take in the passing scenery of mountain streams and waterfalls before pausing for a breathtaking view from McLelland Lookout. Enjoy morning tea (or coffee) at the frosty Mango before pausing for a breathtaking view from McLelland Lookout. And encounter the magnificent rain forest. Lunch will be served along the way at the Hidden Valley Cabins—Australia's first carbon-neutral, 100% solar-powered resort.