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Daintree Discovery Centre. This World Heritage-accredited Wet Tropics Visitor Centre (a specific category of visitor center in Australia) provides detailed information on the rain forest and its ecosystem. There are four audio-guided trails, including the Bush Tucker Trail and the Cassowary Circuit. Take the Aerial Walkway across part of the bush, and climb the stairs to the top of the 76-foot-high Canopy Tower. Pre-book a guided group tour or take the detailed audio-self-guided one. The shop sells books, cards, souvenirs, and clothing. There's also a good on-site cafe. Tulip Oak Rd. off Cape Tribulation Rd., 10 km (6 mi) north of Daintree River ferry station, Cow Bay, Cape Tribulation, QLD, 4873. 07/4098–9171. www.daintree-rec.com.au. A$28 (includes 48-page guidebook/ return entry for 7 days). Daily 8:30–5.
Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours. It's an exhilarating perspective on the rain forest and reef: suspended above the canopy on flying-fox ziplines, your speed controlled by guides, you whiz along (and if you like, flip upside-down) over lush rain forest and Mason's Creek, stopping at five tree platforms for killer bird's-eye views. Sessions last 1½ to 2 hours (A$90) and depart eight times a day starting at 7:45 am. Nightly guided Jungle Adventures Nightwalks (A$30–A$40) explore the critter-filled 45-acre grounds, departing PK's Jungle Village reception at 7:30 pm. Transfers from most local accommodations are free, or self-drive to the central departure point. Thrice-weekly day-tour packages from Port Douglas include lunch at Whet. From The Boardwalk Cafe (next to PK's), Cape Tribulation Rd., Cape Tribulation, QLD, 4873. 07/4098–0043. www.junglesurfing.com.au.
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