Darting through the night air, creating a scintillating display of wonder with its luminous beauty, the firefly puts on quite a display. And while different to humans, in many respects fireflies and humans share a fundamental trait - the males are the main flashers, who cruise at night in search of a female. Also like their human counterparts behavior (if you'll excuse the gross generalisation!), the female firefly will respond with a favourable blink to a worthy suitor. To detect
Located 110 kilometres north of Cairns in Far North Queensland, Cape Tribulation lies in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area and Daintree National Park. Besides containing a thriving array of activities for visitors, Cape Tribulation is a rare place where World Heritage rainforest meets the translucent waters of the Coral Sea. Cape Tribulation was named by British navigator and explorer, James Cook, in 1770. However, it wasn’t until the 1960s that the first vehicle access in the area was made,
Cynics would say that there are only two seasons in the tropics: wet and dry. But they’d be SO wrong. While winter is absolutely delightful in Tropical North Queensland, spring is even better. With a little more cloud cover starting to appear, the sunsets become spectacular, lighting up the tropical sky at dusk in a blaze of oranges, pinks and purples. Wildlife seem to enjoy spring too! Whales linger in the warm water before returning south to the Southern Ocean.
Originating from the rainforests of Far North Queensland, the Kuku Yalanji people have been living in harmony with the environment for over 50,000 years. While their borders extend from Port Douglas in the south, to Cooktown in the north and Chillagoe in the west, the Kuku Yalanji began concentrating around the Mossman River area from WWII onwards. An integral part of the belief system of the Kuku Yalanji, also known as "rainforest people”, revolves around nature and the knowledge of
Of the many varied creatures that reside in and around Thala, one of the more colourful and mysterious would surely be the rainforest dragonfly. Firstly, these colourful and powerful hoverers, who look as if they belong in Avatar, can fly sideways and backwards, as well as forwards. Found throughout various parts of the world, rainforest dragonflies generally enjoy hovering around creek beds, in forest glades and along walking tracks. Belonging to the insect group Odonata, they are often seen near
The Queensland Government is planning to begin construction of The Dreaming Track in 2011. The Dreaming Track will be a combination of trails that will join the Daintree to the tip of Cape York. Four weeks is the recommended time frame if you wish to do the 2000 km trail passing through the Daintree Rainforest, Cooktown, Laura, Lakefield, Coen, Lockhart, Heathlands and Bamaga. Walkers of the Dreaming Track will experience rainforests, isolated mountain ranges, mangrove forests + rivers, grasslands and
Only a handful of luxury accommodation experiences in Australia have carefully crafted their natural balance to a level that deserves the ‘Advanced Eco Tourism’ certification. Thala Beach Lodge in tropical North Queensland, Australia is now one of them. It has achieved the highest available level in the International Ecotourism Accreditation Program, which uses goals originally drawn up by the United Nations itself. The concept of eco tourism is largely misunderstood and in practice it is often abused, no
A walk through the lush native forests surrounding Thala Beach Lodge at this time of year will yield visitors a view of the Cedar Bay Cherry fruiting. This unique rainforest fruit tree bears bright red bulbous fruit that when ripe is deliciously sweet. It is historically known as a great source of 'bush tucker', and is also a favorite of nectar-loving native birds. Belonging to the Lilly Pilly family, the Cedar Bay Cherry grows in dry or lush