The Wet Tropics Region

Located in tropical north eastern Queensland, the Wet Tropics NRM region is an expansive area of some 2.2 million hectares. It is a place of great beauty and possibly the world's greatest ecological diversity and is the only region to boast two contrasting World Heritage Areas side by side - the Wet Tropical rainforests and the Great Barrier Reef.

The area extends from Bloomfield in the north to Crystal Creek south of Ingham in the south and Mount Garnet in the west. It includes the Atherton Tablelands.
Nine river catchments lie within this region which support a population of over 250,000:

  • Daintree
  • Mossman
  • Barron
  • Russell
  • Mulgrave
  • Johnstone
  • Tully
  • Murray
  • Herbert

The region supports a range of industries including tourism. Key primary industries include:

  • cane
  • bananas
  • dairy
  • grazing
  • horticulture
  • forestry
  • fishing and aquaculture

The area is home to a rich and enduring Aboriginal cultural heritage, with at least 17 Traditional Owner groups made up of more than 20,000 Rainforest Aboriginal people.