Skyrail Nature Diary

Green Ants: Combat Engineers of the Rainforest

Guests travelling on Skyrail often ask, “What are those leafy ball things in the trees?” Those marvelously constructed “leafy balls” resembling scaly bladders are satellite colonies of the rainforest’s combat engineers – green ants. Green ants nests are most likely to be... read more

November Flowering and Fruiting

This month it’s getting even warmer and more humid. Several of the trees that had just started fruiting in October, should be getting close to ripening. Brown Tulip is currently fruiting in moderate numbers at Skyrail. The fruits are samaras, a round seed attached to a long... read more

Ancestors of Land Plants

This month we will be looking at the ancestors of land plants and some modern, primitive descendants that resemble them. Algae are the obvious ancestors of the land plants. The question is which ones? Thanks to DNA research, it’s now generally known that algae are a diverse... read more

Spiders at Skyrail

First time visitors to Skyrail and the Wet Tropics may be puzzled by a seeming absence of animal life. Most mammals in this region are nocturnal. Although there is an abundance of bird life, these creatures are difficult to observe in the soaring darkness of the rainforest.... read more

Plant Tropism

This month we will take a look at the ways plants interact with each other and the environment. We will examine how certain plants do the unique things they do and why. The tropical rainforest of north Queensland is known today as the world’s oldest continually surviving... read more