Archive for March, 2011
Living within the gondwanan refugium of the Daintree Rainforest over the past 22-years, has given unparalleled insight into the extraordinary complexities of Nature’s Masterpiece. Sleeping beneath its ever-changing blanket of chemical signals and venturing into its secretive centrepiece on a daily and nightly basis, in the company of genuine eco-travellers with their fresh sensitivities and enthusiasms, has forged an increasing familiarity and one that asserts its subtle influence through the ever-increasing sensitivities of sub-conscious channels. Little by little, the seemingly insurmountable complexities yield to unexpected sensitivities of the long-term human inhabitant.
Less than two weeks after Cyclone Yasi, amazing new growth fills the gaps in the rainforest with vibrant colour and beauty. The forest enlivens with varying shades of pink and light green and the devastation of Australia’s most powerful cyclone is shown to be necessary stimulation for regeneration of new forest. Masses of flowers cover the canopy as the blue quandong, candle nut and other fast growing trees ensure that a rapid replenishment of fruit will soon be available for the wildlife.
Daintree Rainforest and Cooper Creek Wilderness wish to sincerely thank Cairns Regional Council and staff and the various consultants and construction experts who all contributed to the successful completion of this critically important piece of transportation infrastructure … in the most extraordinarily difficult circumstances that nature could conceivably unleash.
Daintree Rainforest is wholly dependent upon tourism for its conservation economy. And yet, it is probably the only tourism-dependent destination in the world that is subject to a formal government policy that seeks to deflect tourism elsewhere. This explicit anti-tourism policy has applied since 1995 and has been so significant in its impact, that eco-tourism has all but abandoned the global treasure of the Daintree Rainforest.