Skyrail Nature Diary


Unseasonal Flowering

Last month was yet another wet one at a time of year you would normally associate with the dry season in Cairns and the associated start of our tropical winter. We’re still mowing the grass! Hopefully July will bring clear skies and some sunshine. There has however been some... read more


A Later Wet Season

Murray’s Laurel flowered in small numbers along the back line last month. The tiny white flowers have a rather unpleasant odour and are borne on small panicles on top of the trees. The fruits are small black berries that are known to be eaten by cassowaries. In all likelihood... read more


Pollination and Fruit Dispersal

This month we’ll be looking at pollination and fruit dispersal. Plants are unable to move and can’t reproduce without assistance. Pollination is the act of getting a plant’s pollen to the ovary. In the rainforest most plants are what we call ‘dioecious’, which means that each... read more


The Skyrail Lake

Immediately after departing the Smithfield station, Skyrail guests will notice a small lake on their right. This lake, coffee-coloured, its edges decked with water lilies, was created 18 years ago during the construction of Skyrail. It supports numerous fish, turtles, aquatic... read more


Palms

This month we’ll be looking at palms. Palms have been associated with the tropics for a long time now, especially coconut palms. They are often thought of as trees but interestingly, this is not the case. Unlike ‘real’ trees which have secondary thickness growth of their... read more