Photographer's Note

Cooper Creek provides ethical access to the most significant portion of the Daintree Rainforest in the Cape Tribulation section of the World Heritage Area: The Gondwana Forest.

The truly sacred places of the world are difficult to find; sought by many, found by few, these amazing treasures are concealed by a timeless barrier of protection.

Cooper Creek has a Gondwanan rainforest relict that has survived more than 135-million years, where ancient plants like the “green dinosaur” remain as living proof of its persistence over the millenia. Containing the most extensive remnant populations of primitive angiosperms (flowering plant families) in the world, Cooper Creek Wilderness is ideally positioned to showcase World Heritage values to visitors from around the world, through a variety of unique experiences.

Situated directly below Thornton Peak, the epicentre of refugial significance in the ancient Daintree Rainforest, midway between the Daintree River and Cape Tribulation, Cooper Creek is hidden from mass tourism, but welcoming to genuine travellers who want to experience the continuity of rainforest existence over an estimated 135 million years.

The term "mangrove" refers to a habitat comprised of a number of halophytic (salt-tolerant) plant species. Mangroves grow in intertidal or estuarine areas. They are found in warmer areas along the tropical and subtropical coasts of Africa, Australia, Asia and North and South America. In the U.S., mangroves are common in Florida.

Mangrove plants have a tangle of roots which are often exposed above water, leading to the nickname "walking trees." The roots of mangrove plants are adapted to filter salt water, and their leaves can excrete salt, allowing them to survive where other land plants cannot.

Mangroves provide food, shelter and nursery areas for fish, birds, crustaceans and other marine life. They also provide a source of livelihood for many humans around the world, including wood for fuel, charcoal and timber and areas for fishing. Mangroves are also important because they form a buffer that defends coastlines from flooding and erosion.

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