It makes sense that the world’s oldest tropical rainforest might have a bit of life-changing wisdom to share. Sarah Reid dives in as a willing student.

There’s a decent body of research exploring what draws people to Tropical North Queensland’s World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest. For many, it’s simply to experience nature; to soak up the beauty and wonder of one of the most biodiverse corners of earth.

For others, it’s to spot the Daintree’s quirky endemic flora and fauna—from the ancient idiot fruit to the formidable southern cassowary just to escape ‘real world’ pressures. On that note, you may as well put your phone on flight mode (remember that?) because the reception is patchy at best.

Whatever draws us to this veritable ‘Jurassic Park’, where plants and animals from the age of the dinosaurs still thrive, the Daintree tends to give back more than we bargained for—and I’m not just talking about a new collection of insect bites. After exploring this verdant abyss for a few days with Intrepid Travel, it didn’t just remind me why the Daintree is so darn special—it left me with a few helpful lessons for navigating the jungle of life.