Skyrail Nature Diary


A Humid start to the Year

January was mostly hot and humid at Skyrail, with only the occasional shower so those who visited us, would have certainly felt the moisture in the air. This led to a lot of flowering in Barron Gorge at a time when fruiting is usually the norm. The Northern Quandong has had an... read more


The Wet Season is here!

From the cableway, lots of large fruits can be seen on the canopy such as the endemic Kuranda Quandong which has green Ping-Pong ball shaped fruits with thick stalks, Blue Quandong with its prominent blue fruits, Yellow Wallnut with yellow egg shaped fruits and Brown Tamarind... read more


Fungi at Barron Gorge

Lichens are the most unusual of the fungi. They are a symbiosis between a Sac Fungus, that provides structure, and one or several algae, that provide photosynthesis. Structurally, there are three main types of lichens. The most common are the ones that look like stains... read more


Pests!

Kimberley in northern Western Australia. Many local frog species have been in decline since the cane toad was introduced to the region. Pigs are another pest that was introduced by early sailors by releasing them into the wild to secure a food source for future ship wrecked... read more


Ecological succession in Barron Gorge

Ecological succession is a phenomenon which occurs after a disturbance of some sort. This disturbance can take on many forms. In the Wet Tropics, cyclones often wreak havoc on the rainforest and start the process of ecological succession. Occasionally, fires clear large areas... read more