Posts Tagged ‘Daintree’

Rainforest Rescue

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

Heard of Rainforest Rescue? We have been keen supporters of their work for a while now… 


This week we have started to allow videos to be included in the listings on Cairns Unlimited, and I am sure this will help advertisers to really engage with our readers… and to stand out from the competition.

Always busy… always something new…

another little piece of rainforest saved forever!!!

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

Notice how long it’s been since Maria wrote a blog? What a lazy thing she has become, spending all her days sunbathing by the pool, and her nights partying at Cairns top nightspots while I work…

While she’s been relaxing and I’ve been working, a dedicated group known as Rainforest Rescue have rescued yet another slice of the Daintree rainforest. 

“On 13th of May 2009 the purchase of Lot 29 Cape Tribulation Road in the Daintree was completed; our thanks and congratulations to everyone for their part in making this happen.

This property represents acquisition Number 11 in the Daintree Buy Back and Protect Forever Project – identifying and purchasing precious rainforest at risk of development and establishing Nature Refuge status, which protects it forever under covenants ratified by the Queensland Parliament in Australia.

With No.11, not only does this mean that the unique rainforest flora here, including the impressive Fan Palms are safe, but rare and endangered species like the Bennett’s Tree Kangaroo and Cassowaries now have a vital corridor through the rural residential subdivision from the Daintree National Park on its northern side to two declared Nature Reserves in the south. This is particularly important in this area, as residential development fragments essential cassowary habitat through clearing and the introduction of weeds and dogs…

As a dedicated Nature Refuge, no development is possible at all now on this property; no dogs, no traffic, no clearing, nothing… Another victory for the Daintree and its precious inhabitants, made possible by individuals and businesses like you. Piece by piece, we are making a difference.”

We are delighted to be a small part of the success of Rainforest Rescue. We make a regular monthly donation to help save the Daintree Rainforest, and also make an additional $25 donation every time a Daintree or Cape Tribulation business advertises on our website (new listings and renewals). Not only do we personally feel it is worthwhile, we feel it is our obligation as a business to help protect the environment from which we derive our livelihood. It just makes sense, doesn’t it?

Cassowaries and icecream… another road trip in Tropical North Queensland

Sunday, July 13th, 2008

As we start to wrestle control of our still rapidly growing Digital Underwater Camera rental business, it feels like it’s time to get back to exploring the region a little. Although we have camera deliveries in Cairns every evening and most mornings, there are plenty of terrific places that we can visit as a day trip from the city.

 

Last weekend it was the wonderful Atherton Tablelands, one of my personal favourite areas of Tropical North Queensland because of its diversity and the authentic unspoilt Aussie charm of the towns dotted through the Tablelands. This weekend it was time to head north, to cross the mighty Daintree River for the first time since we holidayed here two and a half years ago.

 

Our first stop was Port Douglas. With its unhurried holiday atmosphere, this is always a pleasant experience. We enjoyed a couple of huge homemade muffins and a coffee in one of the main street’s many eateries before venturing north through the came fields that surround Mossman to the sleepy little village of Daintree, where I embarrassed Maria by raucously spinning the wheels (accidentally) of the cairnsunlimitedmobile in the quiet main street.

 

 

The main activity in Daintree is crocodiles; more specifically spotting them on one of the many river cruises available. Some of the cruises depart from Daintree Village, some from just outside town, and many from just before the ferry crossing. There is no bridge across the wide Daintree River, and the vehicle ferry operates from 6:00am till midnight, continually passing from bank to bank every few minutes.

 

North of the river, it’s a slow drive through the rainforest; a winding, narrow road designed for sightseeing rather than ‘getting there’. It was due to the leisurely pace that we were able to notice something staring at us from the thick roadside foliage. We stopped to investigate, and the large animal watched us intently, pacing slowly from side to side to view us from the shelter of the shrubbery. It was difficult to get a clear photo, but after a while curiosity got the better of it, and the large cassowary emerged cautiously from the scrub. It was as it approached us that I remembered this is the species which holds the title of ‘deadliest bird in the world’. One look at its powerful legs, and Maria and I decided the photo opportunities would be just as good from the safety of our car. We beat a hasty retreat.

 

 

This was the first time I had ever seen a cassowary in the wild, but we were to be treated to two more close encounters with the large flightless birds before we reached the end of the sealed road at Cape Tribulation. In fact, it was quite a day for wildlife; upon arrival in the village, we had to slow to allow a large goanna to cross the road. The 1.5metre long lizard quickly sought camouflage in the long grass, but stayed still long enough for me to get a good photo.

 

 

The beach at Cape Tribulation really gives you a sense of isolation; it is long and wide and backed by rainforest clad mountain ranges with no signs of human influence as far as the eye can see… and usually it is all but deserted. But not this time. Being the busy tourist season – and local school holidays to boot – this two or three kilometre stretch of beach was ‘crowded’ with over a dozen people!

 

 

I was ready for lunch, and in fact had a craving for a grilled fillet of barramundi. But Maria was still full from the football sized muffins we shared for breakfast. Still, I knew she would be tempted by icecream. We sampled four flavours of local homemade icecream; yellow sapote, wattleseed, blueberry, and macadamia. But time flies when you’re having fun, and it was time to return and prepare the cameras for the evenings deliveries. Another successful road trip!