Did you know? These rainforests are World Heritage listed.

The Wet Tropics of Queensland World Heritage Area is home to the oldest rainforests in the world, dating back more than 135 million years. Despite once covering the Australian continent, it now occupies a 600-kilometre stretch along the North Queensland coastline, but is still home to a precious cargo of unique, rare and threatened animal and plant species.

These rainforests are known globally for their exceptional biodiversity of plant and animal life, which is one of the reasons they were inscribed onto the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1988. They are home to:

  • 40% of Australia’s bird species
  • 30% of Australia’s mammal species
  • 60% of Australia’s butterfly species
  • 21% of Australia’s reptile species
  • 21% of Australia’s cycad species
  • 29% of Australia’s frog species
  • 65% of Australia’s fern species
  • 30% of Australia’s orchid species

Northern Experience Eco Tours takes you into the heart of the Wet Tropics on the Atherton Tablelands, providing a glimpse of how the ancient super-continent of Gondwana once appeared all those millions of years ago.

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