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The World's Most Pristine Forests

<center>The World's Most Pristine Forests</center>
Jennifer Lamb

Daintree National Park, Australia

At 160 million years old, this UNESCO World Heritage–listed spot in Oz’s far northeast region is one of the oldest undisturbed forest ecosystems on earth. It’s also a birder’s paradise—more than 430 avian species live in the forest, including 13 found nowhere else on Earth. And it’s home to the weird and wonderful peppermint stick insect: colored like candy, the creature creates a peppermint aroma to ward off predators. The Maardja Boardwalk (an easy stroll even for a lethargic walker) displays the transition from freshwater rainforest to saltwater mangroves.

How to Go: Asia Transpacific guests stay at Daintree Eco Lodge, a luxury treehouse set high in the canopy.



The World's Most Pristine Forests
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