Rainforests in Australia

The rainforests in Australia cover various parts of the country and a number of different climates. Below are the various states and some of their beautiful rainforests.

Goomoolahra Falls in Springbrook Park, Australia


Within Queensland there are several types of rainforest you can visit, including Springbrook and Lamington National Parks within the hinterland of the Gold Coast. These have cool and sub tropical temperate rainforests that can be explored on daily hiking exhibitions including covering the Great Gold Coast Hinterland Walk.

In the north part of Queensland there are the wet tropics including Kuranda Rainforest and the world’s oldest tropical rainforest known as the Daintree Rainforest. The Daintree can be reached from the likes of Cooktown and Cairns and is well worth a visit as it has a huge number of different types of wildlife and plants. You may like to spend a few days in an eco-lodge in a treetop or enjoy a cruise on the Daintree River or perhaps learn about the terrain from an Aboriginal guide.

Brindle Creek in Border Ranges Park, Australia

New South Wales

The Gondwana Rainforests of Australia include 50 separate reserves that total 3,665 square km around the New South Wales and Queensland borders. They make up the largest area of subtropical rainforest in the world together with cool and warm temperate types of rainforest.

You can bushwalk in the forest at the likes of Border Ranges or Nightcap National Parks or even take a drive through the scenic rainforest. You can also find rainforest in places like the Blue Mountains near Sydney and the Myall Lakes National Park that is north of Port Stephens.

Mitchell River in Australia

Western Australia

There are in excess of one thousand pockets of dry rainforest in WA supporting about 300 plant species, many of which cannot be seen anywhere else. Rainforest and relict vine thicket can be seen in northern Kimberley around pools by the Gibb River Road. Some areas of rainforest are also located in the Mitchell River National Park that contains some plant life that is unique.

Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake


Tasmania contains the biggest area of cool temperate rainforest in Australia that support a variety of life forms some of which can only be found in Tasmania. In Wild Rivers National Park you could capture a glimpse of Huon pines that are particularly rare whilst on the Franklin River Nature Trail or you could investigate the rainforest at Liffey Falls. The Overland Track will take you through King Billy Pine forests within Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park.

Crocodile in Kakadu National Park, Australia

Northern Territory

The Kakadu National Park in NT has monsoon rainforest that can be explored whilst walking to Jim Jim Falls that has a drop of 250 meters to plunge pools below. You can follow the Gu-ngarre or Gubarra Pools walks through woodland to arrive at a billabong’s edge.

Beeches Rainforest Walk, Yarra Ranges National Park, Victoria, Australia


Small areas of cool temperate rainforest can be found across the Otway, Yarra and the Dandenong Ranges in Victoria. In Yarra Ranges National Park, only a one-hour’s drive from Melbourne, you can explore an area including mountain ash trees. You can also enjoy walks through rainforest in Morwell National Park and Tarra Bulga National Park.

So, why not explore the spectacular flora and fauna in Australia’s rainforests on your next holiday?


This article is written for Worldcare Travel Insurance. Worldcare is an Australian company providing travel insurance to Australian customers for over 10 years.

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