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The State Government has re-opened the Mardja Botanical Walk in the Daintree Rainforest.

The $1.3 million upgrade includes new and upgraded boardwalks, refurbishing the concrete paths, new interpretive signage and a new information shelter.

The Mardja Botanic Walk is located about a 10 minutes drive south of Cape Tribulation.

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Minister for Environment Leeanne Enoch attended an official opening in the Daintree National Park today.

“The Daintree Rainforest is truly unique – it is the oldest living rainforest in the world and is an internationally-acclaimed biodiversity hotspot,” she said.

“And this is one of the few places where plants representing all stages of the evolution of land plants over the last 400 million years are found.

“Thousands of people visit this special place every year, and this new Mardja Botanical Walk through the beautiful rainforest will help enhance their experience.”

The project is a collaborative effort between the Eastern Kuku Yalanji Peoples, who have cared for this special country for thousands of generations, and the Queensland Government.

The State Government is also upgrading walking tracks and lookout structures in Mossman Gorge.

Local tour operator, Mike D’Arcy praised the investment in the area’s future.

“The Madja renovation brilliantly showcases our unique rainforest, mangroves, ferns and relic plants,” Mr D’Arcy said.

“It’s the jewel in the crown of the four cleverly designed QPWS boardwalks here in the Daintree, and is absolutely critical to enhancing our visitor experience, and sustaining both our community and our environment.”

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