Exploring the Amazon is the dream of many would-be explorers, but if you prefer rainforest journeys without piranhas or malaria, there’s a great option Down Under. The 1200-square-kilometre Daintree Rainforest in far north Queensland is the biggest patch of continuous tropical rainforest in Oz, complete with cassowaries and crocs.
Aborigines have been living in the Daintree for ages and know it best. Let them show you its secrets on a small-group guided tour.
Several companies operate cruises along the wildlife-rich Daintree River, where the crocodile-spotting and birdlife is always impressive.
Sample tropical fruits you may have never even heard of at the Cape Trib Farm, which also has rainforest accommodation for longer visits.
When Tarzan travelled through the tree tops, he used a suspiciously well-placed selection of jungle vines. These days, 21st century Tarzans (and Janes) use ziplines and canopy tours. You can still give that ridiculous Tarzan yell as you glide across the upper reaches of the rainforest, but the idea is to enjoy the scenery in peace – so your fellow explorers may disown you.