Learn about Daintree World Heritage inhabitancy in this new frontier of living conservation management. Inscribed onto the World Heritage List in December 1988, Australia’s successful nomination included an ambitious element of privately-held rainforest compulsorily included, without regard for tenure and existing land-use entitlements. By crossing artificial boundaries to conserve rainforest of the highest biological significance, we, the Hewett Family, agree that the challenges of three-decades of World Heritage inhabitancy in the Daintree Rainforest have contributed to a unique perspective and lifestyle that aspires to the ideals and achievements of Australia’s indigenous cultures, enriched by a love of the rainforest and an ever-expanding grasp of information, sensations and experiences. Three generations reside in the heart of the most diverse rainforest in Australia and accept the life-changes that this single decision made, not just to our lives, but also on the importance of this decision to future generations. Surrounded by public facilities providing free rainforest access, we are obliged to develop ‘excellence and exclusivity’ that will attract altruistic travellers to support our conservation management requirements.
Our quest has taken us outside the boundaries of traditional learning, beyond the realms of conventional governance and exposed us to an unlimited resource, the world’s oldest rainforest in its central and most biologically-diverse portion of the Daintree Rainforest. Liberated from contemporary disciplines, we have been free to explore our environment through personal observations, supplemented by electronic media, books and the generous assistance of Traditional Indigenous custodians, specialists and visitors, all bearing a wealth of information and good will. We present the genuine rainforest, including the people who are integral to the environment, as the apex species with responsibilities revealed through sustained inhabitancy. Our interpretation celebrates three-decades of World Heritage protection and management and tens of thousands of years of Kuku Yalanji Indigenous custodianship and kinship. We represent a return of humanity into the environment and a humble acknowledgement of our place within our Country.