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    By - visited on 22 June 2009

No visit to northern Queensland is complete without a visit to the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. This rainforest area (Daintree National Park) is estimated to have existed continuously for over 100 million years making it possibly the oldest in the world. We had to check out what all of the fuss was about!

Being the camera-toting tourist that I am, I had visions of capturing stunning lime green frog and snake pictures, perhaps sighting the elusive Casowary or Boyd's Forest Dragon. Unfortunately, I had no such luck. I think in large part it was due to the time of year (southern hemisphere winter) and the temperature in the rainforest was too cool for most critters to want to come out and sunbathe. To visit in the summer would no doubt increase the chance of sightings, however you would then have to deal with the heat and humidity and I'm pretty sure that would not be enjoyable doing anything strenuous.

Our main trip was the challenging walk up to the Mount Sorrow Lookout (680m). We were sweating a lot despite it being the coolest part of the year. The rainforest canopy views were nice, but not as stunning as others we have seen such as Dorrigo National Park in NSW or Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve in Ecuador. So ulitimately, we had a nice time here, but came away a little disappointed given its World Heritage status. Maybe there are other parts of the rainforest that better showcase the area but I don't see us revisiting to find out.