AUSTRALIA’S TROPICAL RAINFORESTS
Take a step back in time, a time before dinosaurs roamed, and discover the history and natural beauty of North Queensland’s World Heritage listed tropical rainforest. Representing one of the world’s most ecologically fascinating and diverse environments, this ancient rainforest is recognised as one of the oldest continually surviving rainforests on Earth, with a range of plant and animal lineages dating back hundreds of millions of years in some cases. From mosses and lichens to basket ferns, native orchids, strangler figs and the majestic Kauri Pine, the rainforest is teeming with plant life. Add to this the range of rare and endemic animals such as the Lumholtz’s Tree Kangaroo, Torrent Tree Frog, Ulysses Butterfly and Southern Cassowary and the uniqueness of the rainforest environment becomes even more apparent. Due to its immediate proximity to the Wet Tropics rainforest, the broader Atherton Tablelands region is the perfect starting point for both locals and visitors alike to participate in an enviable rainforest immersion experience. One of the region’s ‘must do’ means of achieving this is the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway where visitors can experience the sights, sounds, smells and life of the rainforest. The stunning 360 degree views of the Coral Sea, lush Atherton Tablelands region, Barron Gorge and rugged mountain ranges are perfectly complemented by the unique perspective that Skyrail offers as it glides just metres above the pristine rainforest canopy before descending to the forest floor to discover the world’s most beautiful rainforest experience. Skyrail’s two rainforest stations provide the opportunity to explore and learn more from the forest floor via the interpretive signage and rangerguided or self-guided boardwalk tours at Red Peak and the interactive touch screens, displays, videos, signage and educational tools of the Skyrail-CSIRO Interpretation Centre at Barron Falls. The Barron Falls station also incorporates three viewing platforms, which offer different perspectives of the famous 260 metre waterfall that cascades down its granite face all year round. While it physically accounts for a mere 0.26% of the entire Australian continent, the vast natural and cultural values associated with Queensland’s Wet Tropics Rainforest need to be fostered and preserved for future generations. With its sustainable operating practices and commitment to maintaining a negligible ecological footprint, Skyrail is helping to achieve this ultimate goal.
ancient rainforest of Tropical North Queensland is recognised as one of the oldest continually surviving rainforests on earth.
The broader Atherton Tablelands region is the perfect starting point for both locals and visitors to explore this wonder. Skyrail Rainforest Cableway offers a unique chance to see the rainforest canopy from up above or the forest floor with detailed interpretive signage and rangerguided or self-guided boardwalk tours.