July 30, 2015
Have you ever wondered what the most primitive plant on Earth looks like? Well, here it is. This is The Idiot Fruit (Idiospermum australiense) also known as the Ribbonwood or the Green Dinosaur. It is considered to be the most primitive genus of flowering plants, at about 130 million years old and flowering at present on our ‘Gateway to Paradise’ walk at the private Rainforest area of Noah Valley. Its discovery in 1971 was perhaps one of Australia’s most vital botanical finds, greatly increasing scientists awareness of just how ancient the Daintree Rainforest really is.
We are often asked where the name originated . It is believed that when the seeds were discovered in the stomach of dead cattle, locals picked the Idio – part of the botanical name (Idiospermum australiense) to mean idiot and thus the name stuck.
Another reason why the Daintree Rainforest is very special.
#primitiveplants #idiotfruit #daintree #rainforest #dinosaur
June 22, 2015
Scientific name: Anseranas semipalmata – are widespread in Northern Australia, where they may congregate in huge flocks.
The Magpie Goose is a large bird about 70-90 cm in size with females being slightly smaller than males. Both genders have a characteristic bump on top of their heads, which is slightly smaller in females. Their underparts are white, with contrasting black edges on the underwing. The bill, legs and feet are orange. They differ from most other waterbirds with their feet having strongly clawed toes that are only partially webbed. Although these honking flappers favour areas such as wetlands and swamps, they do tend to move territory during the dry season to areas of greater water. They form a breeding trio, with two females laying eggs in the same nest for the male to incubate.
We spotted this flock of Magpie Geese very happily feeding near the sugar cane paddock.
#portdouglas #winterinthetropics #magpiegeese
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Magpie Geese – Daintree Rainforest
March 19, 2015
The Team at Tony’s Tropical Tours have done it again.
For the 5th Consecutive year, we were voted as the Best Daintree Rainforest/River Tour at The Douglas Business Awards.
We were up against some very tough competition but in the end the votes from our visitors and guests is what counts and we are absolutely thrilled with this award.
We are humbled to again receive this award and would like to thank all the guests who have voted for us and especially like to thank all our guides.
The award is all due to our guides, it is the result of their dedication, passion and accomplishment daily on tour. Their ongoing studies and investigations of the Daintree unknown keeps them at the forefront of the industry and fuels this success.
Thank you again and we hope to see you on tour with us soon.
January 27, 2015
Australia Day …
As Australians, Australia Day, is a day to celebrate and reflect on what it means to live in this very diverse and lucky country that we call home.
Besides being famous for our Aussie Barbeques, fabulous beaches, Surf Lifesavers and Zinc Sunscreen, Hills Hoist, UGG boots, Akubra Hats, Didgeridoo and Boomerangs, The Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, Ayres Rock ,The Great Barrier Reef, The Daintree Rainforest, Vegemite, Damper, Tim Tams, ACDC, Steve Irwin and Crocodile Dundee, we also have some very unique wildlife.
Some best known are: Boyd’s Forest Dragon, Cassowary, Crocodile, Dingo, Echidna, Emu, Frilled – necked Lizard, Kangaroo, Koala, Kookaburra, Platypus, Tasmanian Devil, and Wombat…
Say G’day to some of our unique friends …Do you know which one is which?
Some of Australia’s iconic wildlife
January 2, 2015
A picturesque orchard and ice creamery right in the Daintree Rainforest? Yes! and what better way than to conclude our tours than with a stop at the infamous Daintree Ice Cream Company. This Boutique Ice Creamery produces flavours ranging from Black and Yellow Sapote, Soursop, Wattle Seed, Jackfruit, Passionfruit, Banana, Mango, Coconut and Macadamia Nut to name a few. This is homemade ice cream, made with fruits from their own orchid, so flavours vary according to fruits in season. Definitely worth waiting for.
September 10, 2014
A couple of days ago we received this note from Rainforest Rescue and thought we would share it with you….
Thank you for your recent gift to help Rainforest Rescue purchase and protect forever precious rainforest in the Daintree.
I wanted to give you an update on where we are at. Thanks to the generosity of people like you Tony we have secured another two pieces of land – Lots 13 Forest Creek Road and 38 Cape Tribulation Road, Daintree. Thank you!!
We have now exchanged contracts on both properties, and as things progress we will continue to keep you informed.
Once again we really appreciate your support in helping connect rainforest corridors and saving our precious rainforest forever!
Grants Binns, Managing Director, Rainforest Rescue.”
If you would like to help save the Rainforests of the world, please go to
to protect our wilderness for future generation to enjoy and appreciate.
July 10, 2014
Whilst the Daintree Rainforest is filled with many hidden gems worth exploring, there are a number of things you should know. Probably the most dangerous thing to your health and safety in the Daintree Rainforest is you. Here are some tips that we have put together to make your day safer and more enjoyable.
Keep to tracks and paths: By doing so, you will avoid many slippery surfaces and avoid damage to rare plants.
Swimming: Always ask your guide if it is safe to swim before jumping in a creek, stream or river. Unexpected currents occur in many rivers and don’t forget that this is crocodile country.
Be quiet: Enjoy the sounds of the rainforest. Loud talking will scare wildlife.
Listen to your guide: With a keen eye and a good understanding of the Daintree Rainforest and its environment, your guide will probably do most of the wildlife spotting by recognising signs of wildlife in the area.
Do not feed wildlife: Feeding wildlife can cause many problems, both for you and the animals. Animal encounters. Animal life in the rainforest is subtle and momentary and many animals rely on camouflage to protect themselves from predators. You are likely to miss many wonderful insects that the Daintree Rainforest is renowned for without a guide
The Daintree Rainforest is also home to some dangerous plants.
Stinging Plant: Normally found along tracks and clearings It has fine poisonous hairs on its heart-shaped leaves that penetrate the skin and cause severe irritation. The fine hairs can cause renewed pain up to two months after the initial sting. The easiest way to remove the hairs is by using depilatory wax, adhesive tape.
Tree Sap: Sap from some plants can cause skin irritations. It is therefore important not to pull foliage off plants. As well as being damaging to the environment you may get sap on your skin.
Lawyer Vine: Also known as ‘wait-a-while’, the lawyer vine is a prickly climbing plant with hook-like spines that attach themselves to anything. If you do become caught simply remove the barbs in the opposite direction to which they attached themselves.
Using common sense will help you to remain safe and enjoy your visit. To achieve the best and if you want to really know the Rainforest and make the most of your day then a tour guide is a must.
Enjoy your time in the Daintree.
June 16, 2014
Visiting the Daintree Rainforest will be a memorable experience.
Consisting of nearly 900,000 hectares, vegetation is primarily tropical rainforest. The climate of a tropical rainforest is unmistakable in the name “Tropical” meaning that is it usually warm and humid. When you’re not under the protective cover of the canopy, the tropical sun can be quite strong. The Daintree Rainforest has about 120 days of rain per year, with an average of 2013 mm falling per year. Thankfully, tropical rainstorms tend to be short lived and during our ‘wet’ season, you may experience downpours intermittently for an hour or two throughout the day with clear weather in between.
We are often asked what to wear or bring on a tour. To help plan your trip to the rainforest here are some recommendations.
Any sense of fashion should stay back at your hotel/ resort.
With our Tropical humid weather and as a general rule for comfort, we advise loose-fitting, cotton clothing. This not only keeps you cool but will make it harder for any march flies or mosquitoes to bite through.
Shorts and light cotton shirts or Cotton Tee Shirts work best. For cooler months(May to August) a light jacket is recommended.
You don’t need big solid walking boots, just something with good grip and support. Comfortable flat walking shoes, such as sneakers or runners work well however flat sandals are also fine as they let your feet breathe.
A hat is a must for protection from our harsh sun. You will probably spend as much time outside the vehicle as in it. Being outside in the tropics means hot days, high ultra violet (UV) conditions.
Your camera, spare batteries and spare memory card if you are inclined to taking lots of photos. Camera phones are getting so much better but a dedicated camera will give you more options, especially when the light is inadequate.
Sunscreen and Swimsuit. A swim in the rainforest is refreshing although at times may not be available due to fast flowing streams.
Water bottle. Many guest travel with/prefer their own water bottle. Outside the vehicle when the temperature climbs over 30 degrees, it’s easy to become dehydrated. We carry large tubs of filtered drinking water which is available for guests to refill their water bottles up with.
Insect repellent is available on board, however may guests these days suffer from one allergy or other, so if you experience any allergies it’s always best to bring your own.
What not to bring: Excess jewellery or large amounts of cash.
Tight clothes. It will be uncomfortable and the mosquitoes can bite through them.
Black clothes. Black attracts mosquitoes, don’t give them any more incentive to bite you than they already have.
We hope that this will assist with your travel arrangements and look forward to having you on board with us.
To stay up to date on all rainforest ‘happenings’, visit our facebook page
April 30, 2014
There are over 4500 different species of dragonflies found throughout various parts of the world (300 species in Australia) varying in size and colour, of which 150 are found in Queensland.
In the Daintree Rainforest you will find dragonflies generally hovering around creek beds, rainforest streams, wetlands and along walking tracks. Belonging to the insect group Odonata, they are sunlight-loving day flying insects and will often dart around enjoying a good frolic.
Rainforest dragonflies have huge eyes, which contain up to 30,000 facets. Most of them are brilliantly coloured with bodies that are red, blue, green, brown, yellow, and so on. The colour becomes stronger as the insect grows older.
Dragonflies are frequently described as being aquatic insects, They can sometimes be mistaken for damselflies, which are similar; however adults can be differentiated by the fact that the wings of most dragonflies are held away from, and perpendicular to the body when at rest. Dragonflies can fly sideways, backwards, forward, spin around and also hover. Pretty clever aren’t they. Dragonflies are among the fastest flying insects in the world, they move through the air at tremendous speeds ,they can fly for hours on end and have been known to travel 30 km or so, but usually they patrol a particular area looking for insects to eat.
Though Dragonflies are predators, they themselves are subject to predation by birds, lizards, frogs, spiders, fish, water bugs, and even other large dragonflies.
Enjoying the Daintree Rainforest sunshine
Every day in the Daintree Rainforest is a new day and each day brings something different.
January 22, 2014
A refreshing swim at Mossman Gorge
Summer is in full swing here in Tropical North Queensland. Our balmy weather and little rain has everyone enjoying the outdoors. If your idea of an endless summer is warm weather, a dip in a cool rainforest stream, basking in the sun, a hammock in a shady secluded part of a beach, a good book in one hand and a cool drink in another or even the odd tropical storm, then we have it all for you at present.
While our beaches are out of bounds for swimming at this time of the year because of the prevalence of marine stingers, many of our southern neighbours and overseas visitors are still enjoying a dip in the ocean within the netted and patrolled areas as well as a plunge in the crystal clear rainforest streams.
A most popular spot for locals and visitors alike to refresh is the Mossman Gorge. Located at the foot of the Daintree National Park, this popular tourist attraction offers swimming and picnic areas, and beautiful walks. Enjoy the solitude and the sounds of cascading water over the granite boulder, but be prepared for crowds on a weekend.
The Daintree Rainforest offers many other beautiful streams and swimming areas however we do not recommend that you jump in unless it is safe to do so. As crocodiles inhabit many of our waters it is strongly recommended that you ask a local for advice and heed any warning signs.
Enjoy your time in the Tropics, we certainly are at present. The weather is stunning and perfect for that break away from traffic, chaos and uproar of city life.