Destination Daintree


  • A Celebration of all things cassowary
  • A community fun day with market stalls, speakers and activities for all the family
  • A forum for debate, discussion and education on conservation issues
  • Kid's activities from Kel's Wacky Wonders and face painting by Chantal The Fairy


Saturday 24th September - 10am to 2pm

Daintree Rainforest Observatory

James Cook University

Cape Tribulation, QLD 4873

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Address: 3701 Cape Tribulation Road, Cape Tribulation QLD 4873

Free parking provided.  Just follow the signs on the day.



10:15 - Welcome to Country - Kuku Yalanji Traditional Owners

10:20 - Josh Harris - Welcome from Daintree Marketing Cooperative WCD team

10:30 - Paul Webster - A History of Cassowary Conservation/WCD

10:45 - Paul & Chris O'Dowd - Meet the World's 3 Cassowary Species

11:15 - Bill Wilkie - Daintree Blockade History

11:45 - Tom Lawton - Tracking Cassowaries through their poo

12:15 - Dr David Westcott - Cassowary Seed Dispersal

12:45 - "No Wabu No Wuju No Gunduy" (No Rainforest No Food No Cassowary) screening

13:15 - Julian Gray, Rainforest Rescue - Conserving and enhancing cassowary habitat for the future

13:30 - Special Guest Speaker - Gregory Andrews, Threatened Species Commissioner

13:50 - Paul Webster - Handover to World Cassowary Day 2017

14:00 - Julia Leu, Mayor Douglas Shire - farewell


Insects of the Wet Tropics - presentation by Dr Claire Baker

Live animal display by Wildlife Habitat

Cassowary display (eggs etc.) by Daintree Discovery Centre

Face painter and kid's activities from 10am until 2pm


Dale and Ben (from Benny and the Clones)

Lady Valiant

TREE PLANTING - 9am to 10am

Beards On for Conservation have teamed up with Rainforest Trust Australia to plant 1000 trees on World Cassowary Day!  The planting runs from 9am to 10am right next to the Daintree Rainforest Observatory - just follow the signs to World Cassowary Day and turn right at the "Tree Planting Here Today" sign from the DRO driveway.  For more details and to get involved check out the BeardsOn event facebook page.



There's heaps to see and do with a broad range of stalls to visit:  

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Alexandra Bay State School P&C

Australasian Bat Society

BeardsOn for Conservation


Cape Trib Beach House

Cape York NRM

Cassowary Keystone Conservation

Conservation Volunteers Australia

Daintree Discovery Centre

Daintree Marketing Cooperative

Daintree Rainforest Power Committee

Department of Heritage & Environment

Douglas Shire Council

Douglas Sustainability Group

Easy Grinder

Electric Ant Eradication Program

Eliminate Dengue

FNQ Wildlife Rescue

Girringun Aboriginal Corporation

Great Barrier Reef Legacy

Jabalbina Yalanji Aboriginal Corporation

James Cook University

Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours

Kids Activity Tent

Kuranda Conservation 

Kuranda Envirocare

Mason's Café Cape Tribulation

Mission Beach Cassowaries

Nightwings Rainforest Centre

Plastic Free Douglas Shire

Port Douglas Catering & Events

Queensland Parks & Wildlife Service

Rainforest Rescue

Rainforest Reserves

Rainforest Trust

Rhonda Martin


The School for Field Studies

The Tea Chest

Wet Tropics Management Authority

Wildlife Habitat 


An Introduction to World Cassowary Day from Josh Harris, DMC Project Manager, World Cassowary Day 2016

World Cassowary Day is a day to celebrate the uniqueness and importance of the Cassowary to the Wet Tropics ecosystem; a chance to also raise awareness of the issues these spectacular creatures face; and an opportunity for our community to help bring about change to ensure their future. 

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On the day we have some amazing guest speakers talking about their work in the Daintree concerning Cassowaries and conservation. We will also have stalls for different conservation organisations concerned with the Daintree, workshops, food stalls, live music, face painting and activities for the kids.

The first World Cassowary Day event was held in Kuranda in 2014 and steered by Paul Webster. The following year it was held in Mission Beach and hosted by C4 (Community for Coastal & Cassowary Conservation) with forum for change hosted by Terrain NRM (Wet Tropics Natural Resource Management).

This year we're delighted that it's coming to the Daintree Rainforest, hosted by the Daintree Marketing Cooperative with support from Douglas Shire Council and Mayor Julia Leu who is this year's World Cassowary Day Ambassador.

The Daintree is the oldest continuously surviving tropical rainforest on earth and the Cassowary plays a critical role in its survival by dispersing seeds across hectares of forest in its dung. The Wet Tropics (or southern) population is listed as Endangered in Queensland and it is ranked as a critical priority under the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection.

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Check out some of the awesome entries in our kids art competition: