Merely identifying the particular part of the world that occupies the centrepiece of this reporting, is confounded by a crisis of identity. Cooper Creek drains the middle of the three valleys off the eastern flank of Thornton Peak and was most likely attributed to Frederick Augustus Cooper (1834-1908), the elected Parliamentary representative for the Queensland Seat of Cook, in its second incarnation from 5 December 1878 to 4 March 1884.
Official place-names within the locality include Forest Creek, Cape Kimberley, Cow Bay, Diwan, Thornton Beach, Noah and Cape Tribulation. Cooper Creek runs through Diwan, which is the name taken from Kuku Yalanji for the Australian Brush-Turkey – Alectura lathami (J.E. Gray, 1831). The major portion of the area about Cape Tribulation was formally declared Daintree National Park in 1995, but this identity extends way beyond, to include most of the environs about Mossman Gorge, Dagmar Ranges and the Daintree valley, but does not include the significant off-reserve portion of the area between the Daintree River and Cape Tribulation, nor the ecologically contiguous section of Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Australia has compounded the confusion by partitioning the greater ecological significance of this wondrous part of the world into two lesser portions and fragmenting what nature has drawn together into both the Great Barrier Reef and also the Wet Tropics World Heritage Areas.