How to Explore the World’s Oldest Rain Forest; Celeste Mitchell; Afar

Australia – Wet Tropics of Queensland

The UNESCO World Heritage Site is tens of millions of years older than the Amazon. Here’s how to visit.

When you think about the oldest rain forest in the world, your brain may take you to the Congo or Brazil. But time takes on a new mind-bending perspective in the Daintree Rainforest in Australia, part of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Wet Tropics Rainforest. Dating back an estimated 180 million years—tens of millions of years older than the Amazon—these nearly 750 square miles cradle of botanical history have been through it all. If you want to experience a land before time, a stay in this stretch of North Queensland is as close as you’ll ever come. Here are seven unexpected ways to immerse yourself.

1. On a night walking tour

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