Skyrail News

Trees in the Rainforest

This month we will be looking at the various primitive trees that produce seeds without the use of flowers. Queensland Kauri (Agathis robusta: Araucariaceae) is the most obvious tree at Red Peak station. It can grow up to 50 metres on decent soil, whilst 30 metres on the... read more

Mimicry in the Rainforests of the Wet Tropics

This month we will be looking at the phenomenon of mimicry in the rainforests of the Wet Tropics. Mimicry is the art of looking like another species for a variety of reasons which can be either defensive or aggressive. Defensive mimicry is for the purpose of avoiding becoming... read more

Launch of Djabugay Walking Tours

Djabugay Native Title Aboriginal Corporation (DNTAC) have developed walking tours with aboriginal guides on a rainforest trail on traditional Djabugay lands, departing from the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway Barron Falls Station. The official launch of the tours took place at... read more

Out of Season Flowering and Fruiting

May has been an unusually wet month for Cairns this year which has resulted in some trees flowering a little "out of season". The most obvious are the beautiful Alexandra Palms which have been covered in flowers on both sides of Red Peak station alongside creeks in the... read more

Decomposition in the Rainforest

April this year seems to have followed the "rules" regarding weather. The temperatures were slightly down and the rain has ceased. This means that there will be fewer flowers than we have had so far in the rainforest. Even fruits are less common on the trees. There are some... read more