Rainforest Revelations – Cooper Creek Wilderness

Rainforest Revelations by Cooper Creek Wilderness is a running weblog of Daintree Rainforest news, including fauna and flora observations and photography, from the human inhabitants in the middle of the oldest rainforest in the world.

On the 9th December 1988, almost nine thousand square kilometres of tropical North Queensland, between Townsville and Cooktown, was inscribed onto the prestigious World Heritage List. In an unprecedented act, the Australian Federal Government compulsorily included some strategically important rainforest on privately-held lands, enabling a very restricted World Heritage human inhabitancy.

Reporting details of experiences acquired in this field, against the legislative and administrative provisions Australia has adopted for the application of the World Heritage Convention, is obligatory.  Rainforest Revelations allows for public reporting with the passage of time.  After quarter of a century within the World Heritage estate, the running report is driven more by the requirements of the rainforest, as it is expressed through its human inhabitants, than the objectivity of earlier reporting.  No two years are ever alike.  The variations of weather, rainfall, cyclones, droughts all play their part in the infinite expressions of the oldest rainforest in the world. 

Rainforest Revelations

The inscription of human inhabitants into Australia’s Wet Tropics World Heritage Area has provide the oldest surviving rainforest in the world with a human voice.  There are many aspects of rainforest health that resonate with exuberance and vitality, whilst other aspects are screaming for intervention.  Coming to terms with the complexity of this rainforest is an ongoing obsession, but every now and again, insight of the most profound importance reveals a major thread of connectivity and interdependence   The articles in this blog provide insight into an ancient and secretive rainforest through the technological window of the web.  We hope you find some value in their perusal and encourage commentary as it promotes discussion.

1105, 2015

Northern Jewelled Spider (Gasteracantha fornicata)

I recently chanced upon a curious flourescence out the corner of my eye, beneath the movement of a small black invertebrate. Upon closer inspection, I was delighted to see the Northern Jewelled or Spiny Spider […]

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905, 2015

Evolutionary Attraction?

What evolutionary attraction would lead fungi to produce light?  According to the Wet Tropics Management Authority, no one knows why they bioluminescence, but across an incredible evolutionary history, and in circumstances of such consistent windlessness, fungi appears to […]

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905, 2015

Daintree Tree Frogs

Daintree Tree Frogs have become synonymous with environmentalism. Their beauty, diversity and susceptability to environmental stresses, have elevated their importance to a level of almost universal appeal.

Every now and then we are advised that certain […]

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705, 2015

Daintree cultural heritage at risk

Daintree cultural heritage at risk around this blue-coloured pool (depicted above as it was 1995), within a World Heritage treasure of exceptional beauty situated in a sharp curve of Cooper Creek at the base of […]

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705, 2015

Secret World of Spiders

As a newcomer to the rainforest you will see a great many trees of incredible diversity, but you will be hard pressed to see the intricate and secretive wildlife.   You really need to go with […]

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405, 2015

Breakfast with the Boyd’s

Boyd’s Forest Dragon (Hypsilurus boydii), resplendent in his camouflaged coating and ornate headdress, had a fortuitous visit this morning.  A Giant Tropical Mantid (Hierodula majuscula) made the mistake of walking into sight of the ever-vigilant dragon and swiftly became breakfast.

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3004, 2015

World Heritage Wolseley

A most unusual and unexpected find in the middle of the world’s oldest rainforest – a 1965 Wolseley Mark II.  An original advertisement states:  Owning a new Wolseley Mark II is a luxury you can afford … […]

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2804, 2015

Forest Flame (Strongylodon lucidus)

Forest Flame (Strongylodon lucidus) is a woody vine, also known as Pink Strongylodon.  It is flowering prolifically at the present, but its Daintree Rainforest flowers are reddish-orange.  The image above also shows a Golden Orb-weaver Spider Nephila pilipes) in the lower right corner, no doubt aiming to catch the butterflies and bees that will be attracted to the colourful display. […]

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2204, 2015

Northern Leaf-tailed Gecko

Northern leaf-tailed gecko (Salturarius cornutus) is Australia’s largest gecko with a length to 23-cm. It has spindly limbs, sharp-clawed toes and a very flat body with lichen-like blotches. It is arboreal and forages at night for insects among […]

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2104, 2015

Chameleon Gecko

Chameleon Gecko (Carphodactylus laevis) and Northern Leaf-tailed Gecko (Saltuaris cornutus) are two Geckos occasionally seen on a Cooper Creek Wilderness Nocturnal Wildlife Tour, from the Family Gekkonidaea, having Gondwanan ancestral forebears dating back 100-million years.  Chameleon Gecko (Carphodactylus laevis) is a species in a monotypic genus of Australian gecko.  It is the only member of its genus and is found exclusively in the Wet Tropical Rainforests of North Queensland.  The antiquity of these Geckos has been used as evidence of a Gondwanan origin.

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2303, 2015

Rainforest Deception – Katydids

Rainforest critters are masters of disguise.  The world’s oldest rainforest is sure to exhibit a greater range of success stories, than other, younger forests.

Katydids are families of insects where camouflage and mimicry avoids detection, yet the […]

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2303, 2015

Rainforest Deception – Spiders

Deception in Daintree Rainforest – Spiders

Knowing the rainforest so that we can present its values to visitors from around the world has become our infinite vocation.  Secretive, obscure, cryptic, camouflaged, mimicking are terms that describe […]

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2103, 2015

The Strangler Fig

Fan Palms have an important partnership with figs that germinate in the brown fabric at the neck of the tree and start their lives about 25 metres above ground at the top of the tree […]

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2103, 2015

Fan-tastic Story of Success

Simplicity, efficiency, endurance and connection seem to be recurring themes within our forests.  What factors contribute to the continuance of the spectacular fan palms, Licuala ramsayi that have spanned 170million years?  Fossil records of these […]

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1803, 2015

Licuala Forests

The timeless grandeur of rainforest giants, individually exceeding a thousand years old, form a primary canopy above, that excludes much of the sunlight, whilst a secondary canopy of fan palms, Licuala ramsayii forms a vaulted […]

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1803, 2015

Yalanji Culture in Daintree Rainforest

Kuku Yalanji People existed for tens of thousands of years in an area along the coast of Queensland that stretches from Craiglea, south of Mossman, to the Amman River, south of Cooktown.  Five clans populated the area […]

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1603, 2015

Living with Cassowaries Part 1.

Cassowaries and humans co-exist in the rainforest. We share responsibility for the protection and conservation of Australia’s World Heritage Area. Cassowaries ingest rainforest fruit, process them through their powerful digestive systems and excrete them in a form that facilitates their germination.

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1503, 2015

A Living Green Dinosaur

World Heritage listing of the Wet Tropics of Queensland in December 1988 was a conservation endorsement of the highest order that included a range of tenures including freehold land. Never before or since, has Australia imposed a conservation imperative of international dimension on freehold land.

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1203, 2015

Daintree Rainforest Living

Daintree Rainforest living has us temporary custodians of a World Heritage allotment that is situated on the eastern flank of the highest mountain north of the Daintree River – Wundungu a.k.a. Thornton Peak. The area is acknowledged as containing the World’s oldest rainforest with a continuum of existence over 170-million years.  The decision to include our freehold Daintree Rainforest land into the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area placed the mantle of management responsibility squarely onto our shoulders with a primary goal that encompasses the protection, conservation, rehabilitation, presentation and transmission to future generations of the cultural and natural values of our World Heritage listed portion of Daintree Rainforest.

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1203, 2015

Wealth of the Daintree Rainforest

The Daintree holds a special place in Australia’s environmental conscience. How can a rainforest that has existed for an estimated 170-million years remain undiscovered until the 1970’s? How can a rainforest containing an unsurpassed richness of ancient, primitive and endemic plants be forgotten and lost?

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1203, 2015

Gondwanan Cradle

When I was asked to write about my transition from the open cut brown coal mines of Yallourn in Victoria, where I was born and bred, to the rich, diverse and very green Daintree Rainforest in northern Queensland, it occurred to me that 50-million years ago, when Australia participated in the final fragmentation of Gondwana by splitting away from Antarctica, the entire Australian continent was covered in ancient rainforest.

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1203, 2015

Nature Will Prevail

A significant aspect of living in the Daintree Rainforest comes from knowledge of past inhabitants and their impacts on the land. The power given to governments to make decisions that seriously affect human capacity to live in harmony with the natural environment is important to this discussion.

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803, 2015

World Heritage – World Class

The Primary Goal for the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area is to implement Australia’s international duty to protect, conserve, present, rehabilitate and transmit to future generations the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, within the meaning […]

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803, 2015

Rainforest Revelations

Rainforest Revelations chronologies a progressive history of life in the oldest rainforest in the world.  In 1988, a precedent was established that included private land in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. Freehold land, purchased in fee […]

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2711, 2014

Extended Combination Packages

All enquiries and booking requests for these Extended Combination Packages can be made via the comments box below.Daintree Rainforest Tours supplement the 2-hour Grand Fan Palm Gallery Tour with a 1-hour interpreted cruise through the world’s […]

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2511, 2014

Walk Cruise Combinations

Immerse yourself in the adjoining habitats of cassowaries and crocodiles on a guided walk cruise combination  2-hour Grand Fan Palm Gallery day tour and a 1-hour cruise through the world’s most diverse mangrove community in search […]

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2511, 2014

Day Night Combinations

Daintree Rainforest animals, plants & fungi, and their complex interrelationships, are presented within a Cooper Creek Wilderness Day Night Combination Tour.  
Designed to showcase the richer diversity of natural and cultural heritage values within the […]

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2411, 2014

Nocturnal Tours

The nocturnal wildlife experience offers the greatest opportunity to observe some of Australia’s most unique wildlife in natural habitat.
One of the most impressive qualities about Daintree Rainforest, the oldest rainforest in the world, is […]

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2311, 2014

Greater Wilderness Experience

Greater Wilderness provides discerning travellers with deeper and more successful access into the centrepiece of the world’s oldest surviving rainforest, revealing tremendous insight into a remarkable landscape.
Spectacular old-growth rainforest is presented through the accumulated knowledge […]

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2111, 2014

Grand Fan Palm Gallery

Grand Fan Palm Gallery tour allows discerning eco-travellers to venture into the heart of the oldest surviving rainforest in the world, in the company of an inhabitant guide.  The grandeur and awe-inspiring beauty within the […]

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