Northern Queensland, Australia
Daintree National Park, in far northern Queensland, contains some of the oldest rain forest on Earth. Seeing this tropical landscape from the water is certainly an attractive option for nature and adventure lovers. The waters off of Cape Tribulation, which sits within Daintree, are part of the Great Barrier Reef, so paddlers here actually have two world-class eco-attractions to explore.
The reef starts about 12 miles from the coastline. Paddlers who venture here can see sea turtles, dolphins, various species of schooling fish and even sting rays, sharks and whales. One of the specialty companies operating in this area, Paddle Trek, has been certified by Eco-Tourism Australia because of its sustainable practices and conservation efforts.