The Dain­tree

Ni­cole Warne’s In­sta­gram ac­count (1.8 mil­lion fol­low­ers and climb­ing) is lit­tered with images of Florence and Paris. Now she has an Aus­tralian won­der­land to share.

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“I had never ex­plored Port Dou­glas and the Dain­tree be­fore. I’ve spent many Aus­tralian sum­mers in Kauai – Hawaii’s Gar­den Isle – im­mersed in lush veg­e­ta­tion and cas­cad­ing wa­ter­falls. I never knew some­thing sim­i­lar ex­isted in Aus­tralia and when I ar­rived, I felt em­bar­rassed that I wasn’t more aware of the beauty in my own coun­try. A trop­i­cal rain­for­est, a gor­geous hu­mid­ity that lingers in the air and the faint sound of a run­ning stream – it re­ally was the per­fect win­ter es­cape.

On our drive to the Dain­tree, we were wel­comed by lus­cious green moun­tains, white­sand beaches with palm trees and sug­ar­cane fields as far as the eye could see. The Dain­tree felt like a lit­tle piece of par­adise. It ex­ceeded all of my ex­pec­ta­tions and I just wish I had vis­ited sooner.”

LUKE SHAD­BOLT pho­tog­ra­phy by

Silky Oaks Lodge (above) and the Dain­tree rain­for­est (op­po­site), near Moss­man Gorge. See page 109 for more on the Dain­tree.

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