Multiple views of paradise
This paper arises out of my more than 40 years personal experience in the Daintree rainforest region of far north Queensland in Australia. Over this time, I have marveled at the starkly different ways in which people that live and visit think about the land, and particularly about the rainforest itself. I present in this paper my ‘reading’ of what different locals have said to me about the landscape and what it means to them. In particular, I focus on Kuku-Yalanji people, the indigenous residents of the area. I also draw for this paper on my reading of texts created by other, non-indigenous parties with interests in the Daintree: early colonial explorers, contemporary land developers, tourist operators and conservationists.