Tropical Tree Day 2017


The sun is shining at 7.30am on a balmy Cairns Sunday.


The support teams for Tropical Tree Day 2017 are busy setting up an array of activities,  turning the once empty Kamerunga Environment park into a busy little entertainment hub.

The atmosphere is positive and uplifting as we watch families, couples & individuals from all nationalities & backgrounds arrive to help do their part for the environment by rolling up their sleeves to support a wonderful initiative. Originally set up by the Skyrail Rainforest Foundation in partnership with the Cairns Regional Council to coincide with National Tree Day, Tropical Tree Day has quickly established itself as a well supported Cairns community event.

A man crouches on the ground with  a fresh tree planted. A Ranger and smal boy stand behind him, all smiling at the camera

Skyrail Environmental Ranger Luke Chapman and Fisher Family.

A girl in a white dress wearing blue gloves carries a tree ready to plant. People around her also have small trees  or are kneeling and planting

Over 1,000 native trees planted at the Kamerunga Environment Park for Tropical Tree Day 2017.

Major sponsor Cairns Pacific Toyota and Planet Ark ensured no one got sunburn by kitting out all the eager planters with sunscreen, long sleeve shirts and gardening gloves. You even got to keep your shirts and gloves! After your feel good morning doing your part for the community, you get to take home some pretty neat souvenirs. 

If you need even more motivation to get down to Tropical Tree Day with the kids, how does the free face painting and glitter artists sound?

Five children lean over mixing crystals with water ready to put onto the freshly planted trees

All hands on deck – mixing the water saving crystals to go in the holes that will support the native seedlings.

Three men stand smiling in front of  a tree and next to a bbq cooking sausages and onions

Team Cairns Pacific Toyota in charge of the BBQ at Tropical Tree Day in Cairns.

In case you’re still not completely convinced about giving up your Sunday morning for this great event, maybe the unlimited free snags will do it for you?

The smell wafting around the park is amazing and the chief sausage cooking team from Cairns Pacific Toyota seem to have an endless supply! (Minus the ones they are consuming for quality assurance purposes along the way!)

The kids have got it sorted, sausage in one hand and water saving crystals in the other. There is something really satisfying about watching all these families having such a blast whilst giving their time to these community projects.

A bird-eye view of the planting site with holes dug and people gathering to plant

A small section of the Kamerunga Environment Park which was newly planted with native trees.

A male, femal and three small children all wearing blue hats and tree planting tee shirts kneel beside a freshly planted native tree

A fun family event, outdoors enjoying the sun and regenerating a community space together. 

Skyrail Environment Ranger and passionate photographer, Mike Gaia is onsite with his drone. Busy buzzing around overhead, keeping track of all the trees going in the ground and getting the kids involved in his footage.

When you see the photos from the air, you can really appreciate how much ground has been covered! the newly planted area is quite extensive and very impressive in the aerial shots.

It was hot work out there, but throughout the day over 1000 holes had been dug and over 1000 native trees were planted by the Cairns local community, Skyrail and Cairns Regional Council Rangers and the team from Pacific Toyota Cairns!

A huge thanks goes out to the events primary sponsors Cairns Pacific ToyotaCairns Regional CouncilPlanet Ark and the Skyrail Rainforest Foundation.

Cairns Tropical Tree Day was also attended and support by BATSOC – Bat & tree society of Cairns along with the Biosecurity QLD Electric Ant Team and The Bearded Barista.

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