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Windy Reach, Daintree Village, 2016
Daintree is located in Queensland
Location in Queensland
Population 129 (2016 census)
 • Density 20.48/km2 (53.0/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4873
Area 6.3 km2 (2.4 sq mi)
Time zone AEST (UTC)
LGA(s) Shire of Douglas
State electorate(s) Cook
Federal Division(s) Leichhardt
Localities around Daintree:
Upper Daintree Forest Creek Forest Creek
Stewart Creek Valley Daintree Lower Daintree
Stewart Creek Valley Lower Daintree Lower Daintree

Daintree is a rural town and locality in the Shire of Douglas, Queensland, Australia. In the 2016 census, Daintree had a population of 129 people.


Daintree Village was first settled in the late 1870s and early 1880s by timber workers seeking Toona Australis commonly (if incorrectly) known as Red Cedar in the nearby Daintree Rainforest. There were sizeable stocks of "Red Cedar" near the Daintree River. Loggers moved stock down the river to the coast for transport using lashed rafts.

Dairy farms were later established allowing a butter factory to be opened in 1924. Beef farming later became a significant local employer.

As elsewhere in Queensland, tourism has become an important employer. Daintree Village became famous for early morning tours on the Daintree River and became very popular with visiting birdwatchers. These dawn river trips became a catalyst for the many B&B's that sprung up starting in 1993 and became an important employer of local families. Red Mill House, Daintree Village was the first B&B in the Douglas Shire in 1993 and paved the way for many others to follow.

Queensland's Wet Tropics became world heritage listed in 1986. Daintree is part of the wet tropics and the most famous national park close to the tourism hub of Port Douglas.

2015. The AGE newspaper article was written in 2004 and lists various businesses, some of which, no longer exist.


Daintree State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at Osborne Street (16°14′57″S 145°19′13″E / 16.2493°S 145.3202°E / -16.2493; 145.3202 (Daintree State School)). In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 15 students with 2 teachers (1 full-time equivalent) and 5 non-teaching staff (2 full-time equivalent).

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