It’s Our Nature To Protect

Our Save a Rainforest project rescues pristine rainforest through buy back of privately owned blocks for Nature. This increases essential wildlife habitat and connectivity, as well as protecting it forever from development.

The Daintree Lowlands


Rare and endangered species like the Southern Cassowary, the Spectacled Flying-fox, Bennett’s Tree Kangaroo, and many others are found here, amidst ancient and primitive flowering plants. Buying back rainforest that was excluded from the Upper Daintree National Park and World Heritage Area extends priceless habitat, providing safe haven and nourishment while significantly building on existing Rainforest Rescue protected areas. These rescues are of vital importance and prevent rainforest destruction. It’s essential that we protect this land for Nature.

Conservation work in the Daintree supports this ancient forest ecosystem that has been evolving longer than any other in the world – by tens of millions of years – and is Australia’s largest and most biodiverse. With the help of Rainforest Rescuers – people like you – we’ve rescued 37 Daintree Rainforest properties, significantly protecting pristine habitat for Nature and achieving a strong win for biodiversity.

We are successful together.


The Latest Rescues

It’s not often that a single property leaves us all speechless – yet Lot 18 Cape Kimberley Rd did just that. Almost 9 hectares of pristine rainforest, it is habitat to myriad rare and threatened creatures. Thanks to your support, it will be protected forever. Huge kudos and huge thanks to all of you who helped make this latest rescue possible – this is fantastic! Click here to read more about Lot 18.

The appeal for Lot 18 was so successful we had surplus funds, and now we’re putting them to best use: we’re buying back Lot 36 Cape Tribulation Rd and extending the Cape Kimberley Wildlife Corridor. And we can do this without asking for your help – this time. Think of it as a return on your investment – a natural dividend.
This 1-hectare property will become part of the Rainforest Rescue Cape Kimberley Wildlife Corridor, adding another important block to the 14 properties we’ve rescued that make up this corridor, and helping reduce the risk of further development in this area. Click here to read more about Lot 36. To view the full list of properties rescued so far, click here.

With your help, we will Protect these Rainforest properties Forever.

Buy back and Protect Forever

Southern Cassowary

The dense, intact rainforest of the unprotected Lowland Daintree conjures up images of an ancient world before subdivisions and development became a threat to Nature and our common future. Thick leaf litter, rich and humid air carrying the scent of flowers and mulch, the sounds of Wompoo pigeons calling to their mates and parrots screeching captivate the senses. Massive trees, twisting vines, a diversity of fungus, insects, and beautiful butterflies – massive, vivid blue Ulysses butterflies – and more, inspire us to protect this haven for Nature. Southern cassowary droppings are a regular indication of their foraging journeys through this habitat, one shared with many other endangered and threatened species, like the Musky Rat-Kangaroo.

Properties in this area are at risk of development, with no protection and development intention part of the deeds of ownership.

Spectacled Flying-fox

The endangered Spectacled Flying-fox relies on the Daintree for survival.

The real heroes behind these stories of successful conservation outcomes are our supporters – you and others like you who know that this strategy works. Your contributions directly rescue and protect Nature in Australia’s largest, most biodiverse rainforest. Your generous gift makes a real and important difference that benefits threatened habitat, water catchment, and wildlife.

We have rescued 36 Daintree Rainforest properties that increase habitat and protect biodiversity for future generations. We will keep rescuing rainforest, block by block, and protect it forever, but only with your help.

Only high conservation value land is purchased by Rainforest Rescue

Prospective properties are assessed through a detailed survey undertaken by our Daintree Ecological Advisor, Allen Sheather, and his partner Barbara Maslen.

Rainforest Rescue’s ten-point ‘balanced scorecard’ assessment includes criterion relating to Location, Vegetation, Development Risk, Habitat Potential, Clearing and Value.

  1. Does it have connectivity to other protected land?
  2. Can invasive weeds be controlled?
  3. How much regenerated or revegetated is required?
  4. Does it have a building DA?
  5. Is the terrain suitable for development?
  6. Is it outside a gazetted conservation precinct?
  7. Is it classified as essential habitat for the endangered Southern Cassowary?
  8. Have threatened species been identified on it?
  9. How much clearing and rubbish removal will be required?
  10. Value for money in the current property market?

Heroes like you are Protecting Rainforests Forever

Of the 38 properties rescued through Rainforest Rescue Australia-wide – 37 in the Daintree – 22 are further protected with Nature Refuge status – protected forever. Three properties are in this process and one other has been gifted to the National Park. We’re working with the Department of Environment and Science to protect the remaining properties forever.

5 Wildlife Corridors have been established to ensure greater connectivity and protection.

Protected rainforest is increasing.

This is how WE are Protecting Rainforests Forever, together.

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