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Opulent Orchids

September equals springtime in Australia’s Tropical Rainforests, which heralds the arrival of the warmer weather and a colourful array of dazzling blooms. Of all the flowers in the world, orchids would have to be some of the most beautiful, elaborate and delicate. Varying in... read more

Epiphytic ferns of the forest

Last, but certainly not least, we look at the Common Tassel Fern (Huperzia phlegmaria). This is the most primitive fern in the forest and belongs to the ‘club moss’ family, which first appeared more than 300 million years ago and grew as large as trees. Although the Common... read more

Skyrail celebrates 25 years of Australia's World Heritage

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is playing a part in the nationwide celebration of Australia's World Heritage listed sites, with a display at Red Peak Station. 2006/07 marked the 25th anniversary of the first Australian properties being inscribed on the World Heritage list; to... read more

I Smell a (Musky) Rat...

Do you smell a rat? If you’re in the rainforest during July and you detect a musky odour, there may be a Musky Rat-kangaroo (Hypsiprymnodon moschatus) nearby. Deriving its common name from the odour it emits during the mating season, the Musky Rat-kangaroo is thought to be... read more

The Golden Penda: Cairns’ official floral emblem

The Golden Penda can grow up to 40 metres in height and yields a hard, durable timber, but if pruned annually it can also be contained to shrub size. In the rainforest this tree grows tall and straight, but is also found along river banks, such as the Mulgrave River, growing... read more