AWARENESS IN THE DAINTREE RAINFOREST

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.

L

A visitor’s guide to the Daintree Rainforest

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.

Sunglasses

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.

N

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Dragonflies and Damselflies

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

Enjoying the Daintree Rainforest sunshine

Every day in the Daintree Rainforest is a new day and each day brings something different.

 

Endless Summer In the Daintree Rainforest

January 22, 2014
Mossman Gorge - Daintree Rainforest - Queensland - Australia

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.

 

Sugar Cane Harvesting – Tropical North Queensland

November 4, 2013

As a visitor to Tropical North Queensland, at any time of the year, you will notice the many sugar cane fields. Our warm tropical temperatures are ideal for growing sugar.
Approximately 95% of Australia’s sugar cane is grown in Queensland and approximately 80 to 85% of Queensland’s raw sugar is exported.
With over 20 different varieties of cane growing in the area, the Mossman Sugar Mill production area spans over 8500 hectares all the way from the Daintree Rainforest up to Atherton Tablelands.
The sugar cane flowers early May through June and July to November is typically cane harvesting season for our local sugar industry.
Originally the cane was burnt before harvesting but nowadays in the tropical north it is generally cut ‘green’. The remaining roots then produce new shoots and several crops may be grown from the same stock before ploughing and replanting is necessary.
If visiting during these months you will see many cane carriages standing and waiting to be filled. Giant harvesters bustle along the fields cutting the cane by removing the leafy tops of the cane stalks, cutting the stalks off at ground level and chopping the cane into small lengths which are immediately loaded into wire bins drawn by a tractor alongside the harvester. Each full load is then tipped into huge cane carriages for transport by small railway locomotives to the Mossman Sugar Mill for processing into raw sugar.
The narrow gauge tracks line the roads and occasionally you may have to stop at one of the rail crossings and wait as they busily criss-cross the roads. In some areas huge cane trucks will be busy ferrying the cut cane to the mill, so be extra careful on our roads.
This is a great photo opportunity so give yourself plenty of time to pull over to take that extra holiday snapshot.
If you would like to learn more about our area and the Daintree Rainforest, be sure to take one of our tours where our guides will not only entertain you but deliver a professional service and a wealth of knowledge on the region.

Suar cane trains at Mossman Queensland

Suar cane trains at Mossman Queensland

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The Jungle of Tropical North Queensland

October 2, 2013

How wonderful it is to have world famous natural historian – Sir David Attenborough endorse this most unique and undeniably most stunning part of Tropical North Queensland.
While searching for something totally different on youtube, we came across this interview with Jonathan Ross that we thought we’d share with you.
Sir David Attenborough really does say it all… “The Northern Queensland Jungle is absolutely fantastic..Full of great things ..wonderful birds and extraordinary animals”.
It’s excellent to hear that the Daintree Rainforest is at the top of Sir David Attenborough’s favourite list.
If you are visiting the Daintree Rainforest, allow us to show you the  oldest continual living rainforest on Earth, The Amazon rainforest might be more famous, but it is still only a baby in comparison to the estimated age of the Daintree Rainforest.
Care to learn more and have an delightful day out ? Then don’t hesitate to contact us. You will be impressed with the knowledge of our guides, the spectacular scenery and the examples of flora and fauna the Daintree has to offer.

Southern Cassowary – Daintree Rainforest – Far North Queensland – Australia

August 12, 2013

An amazing start to the week in the Daintree Rainforest. Our guide, Chris together with his guests were treated to a most remarkable sight, when they came up very close and personal to a Southern Cassowary family.
Although Cassowary sightings are not uncommon at this time of the year, it is uncommon to see a family together, as it’s the male’s role to raise the chicks alone.
It is vital that all guests be aware to never get close and take extra care when around a male cassowary and chicks as he will vehemently defend his chicks from any perceived danger.

Some Ways to Help us care for our Cassowaries:
Don’t stop if you see a Cassowary on the road, but slow down instead. This will reduce its risk of it being hit or causing an accident.
Alert oncoming vehicles by flashing your lights
Keep car doors and windows closed and never chase a Cassowary
Do not feed a Cassowary
NEVER get between an adult bird and its chicks

August is a splendid time to be in Far North Queensland and a great time for Cassowary sightings. Contact us if visiting and allow us to show off this magical Daintree Rainforest and it’s wildlife.

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Southern Cassowary - Daintree Rainforest with Tony's Tropical Tours

Southern Cassowary – Daintree Rainforest with Tony’s Tropical Tours

Free activities to do in Port Douglas

July 4, 2013

With the peak tourist season upon us, Port Douglas is prepared for the blitz of visitors.
Some visitors in the area will be on a budget and besides the two ‘must do’ activities in the region, being a visit to the oldest living rainforest in the world – The Daintree Rainforest and a visit to the Great Barrier Reef, they will be looking for a few ‘free’ things to occupy themselves and family while here in holidays.
As locals in the area with over 20 years experience, we’ve gathered a few of the genuine free of charge activities for you and your family to enjoy.
These are in no particular order:
Sunday Market -  From 8am every Sunday morning at Market Park, near Anzac Park - browse the many stalls that offer fresh produce and locally made arts and crafts, jewellery and clothing.
Picnic at Rex Meal Park – in the afternoon and watch the boats come back from the Reef. The park is located next to Anzac Park near the Police Station, a children’s play area is also available.
Walk Four Mile Beach - It is not exactly four miles long but close. On a windy day head towards the south of Four Mile Beach where you can spend some time under the shade of the coconut trees and watch the kite surfers put on a wonderful and colourful display.
Take a walk to Flagstaff Hill Lookout – for panoramic views of the coastline and out to the Coral Sea
Visit the Sunset Markets – every Wednesday from 2 to 7pm at the Port Douglas Marina, browse the stalls, listen to some local buskers and you can follow on with
Sailing at the Yacht Club – on Wednesday afternoon. Previously known as WAGS (Wednesday afternoon gentlemen sailing), now also known as WAGLS (Wednesday afternoon Gentlemen and Ladies Sailing) minimum age for participants is 18. This is a free sail. Arrive at The Yacht Club by 4.00pm sign in and a skipper will personally ask you to join their team on their private yacht for a sail.
Take a historic walk around Port Douglas - Start at The Old Court House located near the Police Station where you can obtain information about some of the historic landmarks.
Take a walk into town via Mowbray Street and see the Flying Fox colony - Bring your camera. The evening fly-out is a spectacular sight, especially during the breeding season, when the camp size is at its greatest.
Have a car and you’re energetic? -  Then take a hike. Literally!  Drive yourself to Mowbray, about 5 minutes from the highway and you’ll reach The Bump Track. The track is 6 kilometres long, mainly on a steep incline and a moderate level of fitness is required.
We hope that this will assist the more budget conscious and also visitors who wish to do different activities besides tours. Enjoy your stay in Paradise and if we can be of any assistance in making your stay more enjoyable, feel free to contact us.
Our Tours to the Daintree Rainforest depart daily with the exception of Christmas Day and New Years Day and we look forward to having you on board.

Kite Surfing - Four Mile Beach - Port Douglas - Queensland - Australia

Kite Surfing – Four Mile Beach – Port Douglas – Queensland – Australia

 

 

Winter ? In Tropical North Queensland

June 19, 2013

With the ‘wet’ season behind us, we now look forward to the cooler temperatures and low humidity.
While the northern hemisphere, our neighbours in New Zealand and many parts of Australia are experiencing  very cold or close to freezing winters, our winters or the ‘dry season’  as we call it in Tropical North Queensland are full of clear skies, sunshine and warmth.  Because of our pleasant  winter temperatures the area draws thousands of visitors from Australia as well as all over the world who come to bask in the sun and enjoy this township of Port Douglas which we call ‘Paradise’ .
Being a most popular time for visitors many flock to experience the Great Barrier Reef to swim with the inquisitive Minke Whales and the giant Humpbacks as well as experiencing The Daintree Rainforest where our seasonal rains have left us with luscious thick vegetations, not to mention the abundance of crocodiles basking on the banks of rivers and creeks. The temperate weather also makes it a very popular time of the year to hold that tropical wedding and there’s not too many days that go by without witnessing a wedding party in one of the many romantic venues in the area.
If visiting the Tropical North Queensland during this busy time of the year, particularly if you are visiting during a period that any school holiday falls in, you will notice that accommodation is limited and booking any tours may become a juggling act.
As a must see destination and to make the most of your visit, do try and:
*Book your accommodation early, especially if you are mindset on a particular property.
*Do book your tours early, to avoid disappointment remembering that most tour operators in Port Douglas do travel with small numbers so there is a great possibility of missing out. *Travel with an Ecotourism Accredited operator. Look for the The Eco Certification logo which means that you are guaranteed to experience a genuine and authentic tour, attraction or accommodation that looks after the environment
*Find out what’s happening in the area during your visit. Chances are there is something that the internet is not showing, such as a local performance/plays, mini concerts, festivals, local markets or sports events.
If you’re feeling like just relaxing then try one of the many day spas, or an afternoon sail on the calm waters or an early morning balloon flight over the Tablelands or just relax by the pool or 4 Mile Beach.
Whatever your vacation commands, Port Douglas has something for everyone and  more, so try it, we know we will not disappoint you.

Daintree Beaches - Winter in Tropical North Queensland

Daintree Beaches – Winter in Tropical North Queensland

 

The Daintree River

February 6, 2013

The Daintree River has been described as majestic, exotic and alive. It is renowned as a bird-watchers paradise and is home to a diverse ecosystem, boasting a vast array of animal and plant life, including ferns, orchids, epiphytes, as well as butterflies, and the elusive ‘Estuarine’ Saltwater Crocodile.
Nature-lovers from around the world converge onto the Daintree River to experience its unique attributes.
For the devout fisherman, it is a paradise offering a range of lure, bait fishing and fly fishing.
Currently there is no bridge to enable crossing the river, so access is limited to the Daintree River ferry, a commercial ferry that traverses the river. This is the only ferry that operates on a cable system in a World Heritage area anywhere in the world.
The trip from the south bank to the north bank of the river takes about 5 minutes but with over 400,000 visitors per year using this ferry to enter the World Heritage Area, this is a major undertaking for operators therefore visitors are warned to expect delays.
Should you try and cross the Daintree River in the middle of a school holiday, public holiday or at some stages during our busy season the wait can be up to an hour.  
For the scenery lovers, a Daintree River Cruise is a must, as high rainfall in the area during our ‘wetter’ months ensures a strong flow of water and while meandering through mangroves swamps, it presents the visitor with spectacular views. As part of our Daintree Rainforest experience, we are pleased to include a Daintree River Cruise. This is included in both the Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation via Mossman Gorge tour as well as the Bloomfield Falls, Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation tour.
Why not try a tour with us and experience this magical River.

Daintree River Ferry

Daintree River Ferry

Daintree River Cruise

Daintree River Cruise