Words by Byron Filmer
Daintree Village; a hidden treasure well worth the visit
Up past the turn to the ferry, through Humbug Reach, the Daintree Village lays wedged between the hills surrounded by rainforest just waiting to be explored by those looking to escape busy streets and crowded footpaths.
LIFE IN THE DAINTREE
Living in the picturesque Daintree Village for the past 14 years has been a remarkable experience. I am fortunate to have grown up in such a stunning place. It was a huge change of scenery from where I moved from in Victoria at two years old. I attended the small Daintree State primary school that consisted of only 14 students with split classes. Remote education was great and provided a wonderful opportunity for one-on-one learning setting me up well for high school.
The Daintree Village was first established in 1883 as a base for the red cedar timber industry. It had no road connection to Mossman until the 1933 meaning each journey out of the village meant a six to eight hour horse ride. The village also had no mains electricity until 1966. Daintree State School opened in 1924 by which time the town consisted of a sawmill, a butter factory, a general store and many other small businesses. Today the Daintree Village thrives off tourism and beef cattle farming and still has many friendly long- term locals who would be happy to chat about the town’s history.