Daintree Rainforest

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  • February 4, 2013 10:10 AM AEDT
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The power to inspire: the Daintree Rainforest and the educational centres and sanctuaries nearby.
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Australia is not all desert or city - there are some superbly dramatic rainforest landscapes, which provide all visitors to Australia with fascinating sights, capturing the imagination and attention of every tourist, from the young children to the adventure junkies, the flora and fauna obsessed to the casual wanderer. The Daintree Rainforest is one such location, and within it is the Daintree Discovery Centre, which offers a host of walking tracks and learning centres designed to attract each type of visitor.

The Daintree region is full of trees, bush plants, birds and animals, and is famous for being the oldest continuous rainforest on the planet. The vast expanse of the forest, along with its peaks, creeks and layers of trees makes it ideal for a day visit, or even a visit over a series of days, to hike or just to visit the Discovery Centre for a shorter walk. The Aerial Walkway and Canopy Tower offered at the Discovery Centre makes for an interesting visit, displaying the forest's offerings from up high and on ground, and presenting the variety of life that lives in this region.

The flora ranges from familiar plants such as ferns and palm trees to more exotic and exciting sub-species of these plants and other plants such as the Ylang Ylang (perfume tree) and the Stinging Tree. These vary in width and height, allowing visitors to see different plants from all heights and to be able to physically see how these plants help each other to survive in such an environment and how they've adapted to survive themselves. The breadth of animal and bird habitants of the forest is equally impressive. To name just a few, the following are known to

inhabit the forest: Spectacled Flying Fox, Fig Parrots, Cassowary, Striped Possum, Stone Creek Frogs, Amethystine Python, Bush Turkey, and the Orange-footed Scrub Fowl. Some of these animals and birds are nocturnal; however, as with all wildlife, this does not mean that they won't necessarily make an appearance. In fact, it has been estimated that the rainforest as a whole plays host to 180 species of plant, and 1600 animals. The Rainforest Habitat Wildlife Sanctuary, is another great place to visit for those who want to see some of these species of animals up close and to learn about the sanctuary's role in protecting and encouraging the flora and fauna of the rainforest region's survival.

The ecology of the rainforest is an important feature, and is well documented and taught to visitors via displays, videos, talks and signposts placed around the various walkways. This makes the Discovery Centre a place that is attractive to those most ecology focussed, whilst the spectacle of the layout of the centre, with the canopy walks makes it something more exciting and memorable for families too.

Whether, the Daintree is visited for the Discovery Centre, for hikes or for a general explore, it is recommended that comfortable walking shoes are brought along, but apart from that, all I would recommend is a camera and an open mouth - it really is an awe-inspiring place to explore, and I personally couldn't retain my delight and fascination when I visited! And going back to the Rainforest Habitat Wildlife Sanctuary, which again provides a variety of walks for visitors to go on, the walks have different ecologies and wildlife, such as a Grasslands walk, Wetlands walk and Rainforest walk. This again allows a varied and detailed insight into the variety of life and ecology offered in this region of Australia, and can be visited as a keen ecologist, or a family day out.

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