Lot 107 in the Daintree Rainforest Q&A

We’ve provided answers to the most frequently asked questions on the purchase of Lot 107 Buchanan Creek Road and it's protection in the Daintree National Park. 

Kelvin Davies in Buchanan Creek Road in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest. 

Isn’t the Daintree protected in a National Park and World Heritage Area?

Two-thirds of the Daintree Lowland Rainforest was excluded from inclusion in the Daintree National Park and World Heritage Area that was declared in 1988. In the Mid 1980’s a pro-development Queensland State Government had rezoned leasehold and freehold in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest, enabling a developer to subdivide it into approximately 1,100 blocks. This resulted in the building of over 50 km of roads and the clearing and development of high conservation value rainforest for housing.

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What about Lot 107 Buchanan Creek Road in Cow Bay?

  • 107 Buchanan Creek Road, Cow Bay is 1 ha in size (10,000 sqm). With a purchase price of $25,000 or $2.50 per sqm this is a bargain and the cheapest way to protect habitat for the Endangered Southern Cassowary.
  • Buying Lot 107 Buchanan Creek Road and protecting this property will be a fantastic outcome for conservation as it connects to the Daintree National Park in multiple directions.  
  • Purchasing land in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest helps wind back the impacts of the disastrous 1980’s subdivision.
  • As Lot 107 Buchanan Creek Road is a freehold property it was not included in the declaration of the expanded Daintree National Park and World Heritage Area that was declared in 1988.
  • Lot 107 Buchanan Creek Road is essential habitat for the Southern Cassowary, the Bennetts Tree-kangaroo. The 82 species of plants species found on the property will also be protected.
  • We are focusing our efforts on Cow Bay as scientists have identified this area as being the highest priority for conservation. It has some of the highest levels of biodiversity and the highest densities of Cassowaries in Australia.
  • Permanent protection will be achieved as once purchased the property will be transferred to the Queensland Government for inclusion in the Daintree National Park. This also ensures we don’t have to pay local government rates which are almost $1,000 per year.
  • The property is completely covered by tropical rainforest, is in pristine condition, there are no weeds or clearings.
  • Donors receive a tangible outcome for their contribution. A donation of $25 purchases and protects ten sqm of rainforest.
  • Please make a donation now online.

Lot 107 Buchanan Creek Road in the Daintree Rainforest


Cheque or Money Order: 

You can donate by sending a cheque or money order made out to the Bunya Sustainability Fund to 27 Tuckeroo Avenue, Mullumbimby, NSW 2482.

Direct Deposit: If you would like to donate by direct deposit, the account details are:

Bank: ANZ Bank

Account Name: Bunya Sustainability Fund

BSB: 012 742

Account No. 2093 50036

If you contribute by direct deposit, please send an email to [email protected] with the details of the amount and any preference you have for supporting a project. Please also provide your name and postal address so we can issue a receipt.


You Can donate using your PayPal account by sending your donation to [email protected]

Road Closures.

Through successful land buyback programs that began in 1992, some of the roads created for subdivision can now be closed as all of the surrounding lands have been purchased and added to the Daintree National Park. With full support from Douglas Shire Council, five service roads were fully closed and planted between November 2018 and April 2019. 

A road in Cow Bay that was closed and revegetated in November 2018.

Are the Traditional Owners involved?

The Eastern Kuku Yalanji people are the owners of the Daintree Rainforest. Their country runs along the East Coast of Far North Queensland and it includes land and sea between Port Douglas and just south of Cooktown. The Eastern Kuku Yalanji have a rich cultural identity and strong spiritual connection to Daintree Rainforest and they are supporting the purchase and protection of Lot 107 Buchanan Creek Road.

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Where is the Daintree Rainforest?

The Daintree Rainforest is a large area of tropical rainforest in Far North Queensland that extends from Mossman Gorge (80km north of Cairns) to Cape Tribulation (110km north of Cairns). It includes large areas of rainforest-clad mountains. Between the Daintree River and Cape Tribulation, the rainforest is continuous from the mountain to the sea and when many people speak of the Daintree, they are often referring to this area, which is known as the Daintree Lowland Rainforest.

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Can I visit the Daintree Rainforest?

Yes, it's quite easy to visit the Daintree Lowland Rainforest as tourism is established. You can make a day trip from Cairns or Port Douglas or stay for as long as you like. There are many tour operators in the Daintree Rainforest tourism business that you can find online. Self-drive tourism is also very popular and Lot 107 Buchanan Creek Road is easily accessed by a 2WD vehicle.

How can I make a donation to purchase and protect Lot 107 Buchanan Creek Road in the Daintree Rainforest?

Yes, you can make a donation now online. If you want to donate with a cheque/money order or through a direct deposit, please see our Ways to Donate page.

If you have any questions about the purchase and protection of Lot 107 Buchanan Creek Road please contact us or call Kelvin Davies on 0437 423 119.

Fan Palms are a feature of Lot 107 Buchanan Creek Road in the Daintree Rainforest

Fan Palms are a feature of Lot 107 Buchanan Creek Road in the Daintree Rainforest.

Pictures on this page by Dave Pinson and Connie Kerr of Daintree Life. 

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