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Daintree Discovery Centre Bags Double GOLD at the State's Top Tourism Awards. - The world-class Daintree Discovery Centre has won Gold in the categories of ‘Tourist Attraction’ and ‘the Steve Irwin Award for Ecotourism’ at the recent Queensland Tourism Awards, held at the Brisbane Convention Centre on Friday night.
The Centre was one of four Daintree businesses to take out top honours at the prestigious awards, with fellow Daintree Operators Ocean Safari and Cape Tribulation Beach House Resort also collecting Gold awards for their outstanding tourism products.

Adam Smith collecting Double Gold on behalf of the Daintree Discovery Centre.

Daintree Discovery Centre’s Marketing Manager, Adam Smith, attended the 900 strong Gala Event with wife Jodie, and was delighted to collect the awards on behalf of the Centre.
“It was such a thrill for the Daintree Discovery Centre to be recognised once again by the state’s top tourism bodies as the leader in its field, not only for Ecotourism, but also as a fun, professional and exciting tourist attraction.”
“Founding Directors Pam and Ron Birkett began this world-class facility 26 years ago and the continued industry recognition is a true testament to the vision they have for sustainable ecotourism.”
“We couldn’t have done it without the dedication of our wonderful staff and the support of our local Tourism Organisations, TTNQ and Tourism Port Douglas Daintree. We are particularly proud to be part of an amazing destination, north of the Daintree River, that was awarded such a high concentration of Gold Awards.”

“We invite everyone to come and share what has been identified as one of the state’s top tourism experiences, in the heart of the world’s oldest rainforest.”
The Centre was awarded alongside many industry heavyweights including Bindi Irwin, who took out the “Young Achiever Award”.
The Daintree’s dominance on the night catapulted Tropical North Queensland’s award tally to 19, making it the most awarded region on the night, re-affirming its position as the premier tourism destination in the state
For Media Opportunities, Photos please contact:
Adam Smith – Marketing Manager
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Cape Tribulation – You need more than a day!
Cape Tribulation is one of Australia’s most unique and sought after tourist destinations. Classed as one of the leading Ecotourism regions in the world, the area surrounding Cape Tribulation is home to some of the finest...

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Winner of the United Nations Sustainability Award 2014 -

Daintree Attraction Wins United Nations Award for Sustainability Leadership.
At the recent United Nations World Environment Day Awards 2014, local business the Daintree Discovery Centre took out the category for Sustainability Leadership.
Winners of these prestigious awards were announced on Friday 13th of June, at a gala presentation at Luna Park in Sydney.
Owners of the Daintree Discovery Centre, Pam and Ron Birkett, attended the event and were delighted to put the spotlight on the Daintree once again, by taking out another national award for sustainable ecotourism.
In accepting the United Nations trophy, Ron paid tribute to the magnificent work being done at the Discovery Centre in Rainforest Conservation and their ongoing partnership with James Cook University in Carbon Offset and Biosequestration.
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The Daintree Discovery Centre is located 10km north of the Daintree River. The centre is an award-winning, world-class facility that allows visitors easy access to one of Far North Queensland’s few remaining unspoiled pockets of lowland rainforest.
Offering a 23 metre high canopy tower, 10 metre high aerial walkway, a large indoor display centre and climate change displays, the Daintree Discovery Centre offers an informative insight into the Daintree Rainforest and this fascinating ancient environment.
For more information, visit the official awards site here: programs/world-environment-day-awards/winners-finalists/
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Adam Smith – Marketing Manager

Daintree Discovery Centre

Mob: 0499 989 171

Attached images: The Honorable. Rob Stokes MP, Minister for the Environment, Minister for Heritage, Minister for the Central Coast, Assistant Minister for Planning presenting the award to Pam and Ron Birkett.

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Increased wild Cassowary activity at the Daintree Discovery Centre - It was a busy morning at the Daintree Discovery Centre yesterday with several wild Cassowaries making themselves known to excited visitors and staff.
The individual male Cassowaries were seen cruising throughout the Centre, drinking and bathing themselves in Maclean’s creek.
Cassowary sightings have been on the increase at the Centre and it is not uncommon for Cassowaries and their chicks to begin to roam into new territory, as the chicks develop and are able to travel further distances.
Daintree Discovery Centre Guide Chris Bennett, attributes the increase in sightings of the individual male Cassowaries to a decrease in the Cassowary’s natural food sources.
“The excessive rain attributed to the extended wet season this year, has interfered with the fruiting cycles of many species.” explains Chris, “The rain has damaged the flower structure of many important plants and this has led to minimal fruiting. As a result, the cassowaries have had to extend their daily foraging for fruit over a larger area. It is not uncommon for them to cover up to 30 or 40 km in day.”
Though its not all bad news for the Cassowary, explains Professor Peter Pavlov, “The Cassowary’s favourite fruit, the aptly named Cassowary Plum, is ripening into season now. Over the coming months, the Cassowary Plum will once again become their staple food source. We are delighted to have abundant naturally occurring sources of Cassowary Plums at the Daintree Discovery Centre, which will most certainly contribute to sustaining the increased number of sightings during that period.”
It caps off a six week stint of increased sightings at the Centre, much to the delight of excited tourists, who have been able to marvel at theses majestic animals, in and around the centre.
“This is the best thing ever!” said one American tourist, thoroughly enjoying the sightings, along with the rest of her bus group.
Professor Peter Pavlov, has dedicated his career to rainforest research and education.
“Although the regular sightings are always welcomed, this does not indicate that that there are higher numbers of Cassowaries in the region.” says Professor Pavlov, “The adult Cassowaries that live in the Daintree are using all of the remaining available rainforest for their food source and this is why it is so important to increase the rainforest area, by replanting degraded land to increase the cassowary numbers. We are proud to conduct a Daintree Rainforest revegetation program that sees the Daintree Discovery Centre plant over 2500 rainforest trees each year.”
Professor Pavlov says we can all do our part to protect and increase the Cassowary Population.

“They are still listed as an endangered species and like any wild animal should not be approached. Humans and Dogs are the biggest threat to the decline in Cassowary numbers. We can all help the Cassowary by being cautious drivers in cassowary populated areas and making sure dogs and other animals are well secured.”
The Discovery Centre allows visitors the unique experience of viewing the wild animals from the elevated aerial walkways and boardwalks, allowing the majestic creatures to go about their business undisturbed.
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