Daintree Buyback Lot 3 Purchase & Protection


A pledged gift completed fundraising for this project in November 2019

The rainforest and other ecosystems of Lot 3 Thornton Peak Drive in Forest Creek hosts more than 230 species of plants, including six threatened species. Purchasing this property is a conservation priority.

We launched our special appeal to purchase and protect Lot 3 Thornton Peak Drive on the 28th of June 2019. Over the last four months, we had a great response and $41,450 has been raised. While this is short of our target of $75,000, we’ve now received a pledge for a gift of $37,500. Once that gift is received, we’ll have $78,950 and at that time we’ll proceed to purchase and protect the property. 

We don’t want to raise additional money for Lot 3 if it’s not needed, so as we’ve received this pledge, we’ll pause the fundraising for Lot 3 and commence fundraising for the purchase and protection of other properties in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest. 

Thank you to everyone who has donated to support the purchase of Lot 3 Thornton Peak Drive in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest. We will provide an update on this status of the pledged gift and property purchase soon.

Project snapshot

Location: Forest Creek, Queensland, Australia
Action: Purchase of Lot 3 Thornton Peak Drive, Forest Creek
Area: 1.43 hectares

Threatened Species: Southern Cassowary, Thornton Aspen and five other species of plants
Habitat: Lowland tropical rainforest and sclerophyll forest ecosystems 
Threats: Development for housing, domestic dogs, weeds

Status update on the fundraising to buy Lot 3 Thornton Peak Drive in the Daintree Rainforest on the 6th of November 2019.

Financial need: $75,000

Raised: $41,450

Pledged $37,500

Total of donations and pledged gifts $78,950.

The purchase of Lot 3 Thornton Peak Drive will protect two distinct ecosystems

LOT 3 Thornton peak drive

Through our Land Purchase to Save the Daintree National Park project, we are buying land and adding properties to the Daintree National Park and World Heritage Area and are helping to preserve critical Cassowary habitat. 

Lot 3 Thornton Peak Drive is located at Forest Creek, immediately north of the Daintree River. Buying and protecting this property will be a fantastic outcome for conservation. It connects to the Daintree National Park, is in pristine condition and is vital habitat for the Endangered Cassowary. Buying land in this location will help us to reverse the impacts of the disastrous 1980’s rural residential subdivision. 

Lot 3 Thornton Peak Drive is a freehold property zoned by the Douglas Shire Council as suitable for development. The property is 1.43 ha in size (14,300 sqm). With a purchase price of $75,000.

Lot 3 backs on to the Daintree National Park at the right of this picture. 

Lot 3 Thornton Peak Drive has two distinct ecosystems, lowland tropical rainforest, and a dryer sclerophyll forestA small creek runs through the property and there are many beautiful Fan Palms. There is evidence of Cassowaries (lots of scats or droppings) and Bennetts Tree-kangaroos have recently been sighted nearby. 

Six Threatened plant species have been found on the property that are listed under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. This includes the Thornton Aspen, a very rare plant previously found at only six locations between the Daintree River and Bloomfield to the north.

The Thornton Aspen is endemic to the Daintree Rainforest


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  • Libby Brown
    commented 2019-11-08 09:47:23 +1100
    Congratulations on this wonderful achievement. Shame on Douglas Council for selling off this amazing ecosystem. What are they thinking of?!!
    I feel extremely distressed by so many of our councils allowing clear felling of land for housing without any regard for the habitat it provides for our plants and animals, which we need to protect.