The Wet Tropics Rainforest: 20 Mind-Blowing Facts

daintree rainforest wet tropics world heritage rainforest tour with tropic wings

The Wet Tropics Rainforest: 20 Mind-Blowing Facts

The Wet Tropics Rainforest is a stunning 450km region of diverse rainforest ecosystems, towering waterfalls and rugged mountains. Teeming with unique flora and fauna, this ancient Rainforest continues to marvel visitors from every corner of the globe.

As a matter of fact, the Wet Tropics was penned “the most extraordinary place on earth” by Sir David Attenborough.

Read on the for incredible facts about the place that has existed since the time of dinosaurs… Continue reading

10 Things To Do In Kuranda

hand feeding wallabies at rainforestation

10 Things To Do In Kuranda

Heading to Kuranda? This list of 10 things to do in Kuranda guarantees that you will have a trip to remember!

Fringed by pristine World Heritage Rainforest, Kuranda is a funky, eclectic Tropical village bustling with activities, nature and remarkable wildlife. Whether you want to grab a bargain at the world famous Kuranda Markets, meet an Australian icon at one of the wildlife parks or explore the pristine beauty of the rainforest, a day at Kuranda is sure to be a highlight of your time in Tropical North Queensland.

Dream of cuddling a koala? How about flying over the rainforest canopy (yes, really). Read on for the ultimate list of 10 things to do in Kuranda… Continue reading

Last Minute Christmas Gift Guide for Adventure and Wildlife Lovers in Cairns!

Christmas Gift Guide

Have you got a friend or family member who loves going on adventures? What about a wildlife warrior who loves anything scaly, furry or feathered? Well we have you sorted this Christmas with the ultimate last minute Christmas gift guide!

Cuddle a Koala Photo Experience

Lets face it, an experience is more meaningful than an expensive material gift! What could be more memorable than snapping a pic while your cuddling one of Australia’s most iconic animals! Cairns Zoom and Wildlife Dome, Wildlife Habitat and Rainforestation all offer this memorable experience in Tropical North Queensland.

Day Tour to the Daintree with Jungle Tours

For the more adventurous gift recipient, why not give them a memorable day tour to The Daintree with all the trimmings. They can tick a few items of the bucket list on this trip including a scenic journey along the Great Barrier Reef Drive, mingling with some iconic Australian wildlife at Wildlife Habitat, a stop at Cape Tribulation, and walking amongst the one of the oldest continuous living tropical rainforests in the world. Why not make it an overnight trip so they can visit the Great Barrier Reef as well?

Annual Family pass to a local attraction

This one is a present the whole family can enjoy! Get unlimited entry to four of the best local attractions, Rainforestation, Australian butterfly Sanctuary, Cairns Zoom & Wildlife Dome and Wildlife Habitat. CaPTA offers a locals’ annual four park pass at a special rate of $130 for the whole family!

Behind the scenes tour at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas 

This one is for the true wildlife warrior who wants to get up close and personal with the animals. Learn all about Wildlife Habitat’s conservation efforts and even visit the Care Centre. Your Wildlife Habitat is a 2-hour personalised private tour and is an experience that is truly memorable. 

Day tour to Kuranda with Tropic Wings

Give the gift of being a tourist in your own backyard with a Tropic Wings Classic Kuranda Tour! Lots of people who live in Cairns have not experienced the magic of Kuranda. This trip includes a visit to the award-winning Rainforestation Nature Park, the Kuranda Scenic Railway and the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway!

A Day In Cape Tribulation – Top 9 Things To Do

Cape Tribulation sits in the heart of the Daintree National Park, roughly 140km north of Cairns, and is known as where two world heritage listed areas meet. On your way and upon arrival to Cape Tribulation, there are many fascinating things to do, and we hope this list of top 9 things to do in Cape Tribulation narrows down some options for you.

Top 9 Things To Do In Cape Tribulation

Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas is situated just north of Cairns, in Port Douglas, making it a perfect place to to visit on your way to Cape Tribulation. The immersion exhibit provides visitors with a chance to experience Wetlands, Rainforest, Savannah and Woodland environments in an open and interactive setting.

If you arrive at Wildlife Habitat in the morning, make sure you start your day with a scrumptious Breakfast with the Birds or if you are looking for something a little heartier, why not join in on Lunch with the Lorikeets. The Crulew Cafe & Bar is full of snacks and refreshments, which you can come back to at any point during the day.  The first exhibit is the Wetlands environment, where you will walk along the board walk through the layers of rainforest, from the floor to the canopy, whilst admiring the wildlife which call this environment home. Be sure to wander the Stork Walk pathway and keep an eye out for the range of birds that live in this environment, such as the Black-Necked Storks. Wildlife Habitat has the only pair of breeding Black-Necked Storks in the world, and still has some of the offspring living at Wildlife Habitat.

Moving along into the Rainforest environment, enjoy a walk along the board walk, taking in everything it has to offer. Experience an up close experience with Cass and Airlie, their resident cassowaries, and maybe even have a wildlife keeper show you how to feed them! The Rainforest exhibit is also home to the Boyd’s forest dragon and the beautiful Eclectus parrots.

Moving along, the Savannah Habitat offers you the opportunity to hand-feed kangaroos and wallabies, admire the Lumholtz’s Tree Kangaroo, and smile at many crocodiles. The Estuarine and Freshwater Crocodiles can be found lurking beneath the water or catching some sun. Watch as their experienced keepers demonstrate the sheer power of the Estuarine Crocodiles during feeding time – an impressive display not to be missed.

After you finish wandering around the park, make sure you get your Creature Feature photo, at an additional cost. Choose from getting a photo holding a koala, crocodile or snake, or one of each!

If the sun is setting and you’re not ready to leave, there is the option on participating in a unique nighttime experience, WildNIGHT Habitat. In a tailored small group tour, their keepers will help you explore the park and spotlight the nocturnal residents as they begin to emerge, including wild birds and sleeping animals.

things to do in cape tribulation - wildlife habitat

things to do in cape tribulation - wildlife habitat

Great Barrier Reef Drive

After leaving Wildlife Habitat, the Great Barrier Reef Drive will take you from the busy city to Cape Tribulation, passing two World Heritage Areas. Separated along the drive are a number of different stops, full of breathe taking views, perfect for the photographers. The first photo op is definitely the Rex Lookout. Pullover for a stunning view towards Cairns and if you are there at the right time, watch paragliders fly off the edge of the lookout.

Captain Cook Highway - great barrier reef drive

Alexandra Lookout

Approximately 10 minutes north after you cross the Daintree River, is the famous Alexandra Lookout, or its indigenous name Walu Wugirriga. Being on the way to Cape  Tribulation, it is definitely a must do on your trip! The lookout provides expansive breathtaking views of the Daintree coast, Daintree River, Snapper Island, Low Isles, Port Douglas, Black Rock, Cape Kimberley and Shipwreck Bay. If you visit on a good clear day, you may be able to see Double Island near Palm Cove.

In 1993, the State Government noticed the increasing number of visitors to the lookout and the need to properly manage the sit, therefore purchased it with Wet Tropics Management funds.

 

From Mount Alexandra Lookout, as the pigeon flies, it is…..

  • 4km to the mouth of the Daintree River
  • 7km to Snapper Island
  • 5km to the Ferry Crossing
  • 25km to Port Douglas
  • 20km to Cape Tribulation

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Daintree River Cruise

The Daintree River Cruise is definitely one of the top things to do in Cape Tribulation! Get the chance to see wildlife including Estuarine crocodiles, birds, frogs, snakes, butterflies, lizards, goannas, and insects. Sit back and relax and enjoy the ride through the oldest living rainforests in the world, and home to some of the richest wildlife habitats. With the choice of 1 hour and 1.5 hour cruises staggered throughout the day, Daintree River Cruise is an excellent way to witness some breathtaking wildlife and rainforest, which makes the Daintree Rainforest so special.

Daintree River

Cape Trib Horse Rides

Cape Trib Horse Rides is the perfect way to experience the stunning Cape Tribulation beaches and World Heritage rainforest whilst taking a joy ride on a horse. Whether you are a beginner or consider yourself a professional, the team at Cape Trib Horse Rides will have you up on the horse enjoying the beautiful views in no time. During your tour, you will pass through luscious paddocks and along winding river beds until you reach the spectacular Myall Beach, which is rated on of the best 100 views in Australia! There are many photo opportunities scattered throughout your tour, so make sure you keep your phone or camera with you! This is definitely one of the top things to do in Cape Tribulation, so make sure you add it to your itinerary.

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Jungle Tours Canopy Tours

If you are looking for an adventurous way to explore the Daintree rainforest, make sure you add Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours to your list of things to do in Cape Tribulation. Jungle Surfing takes you into the Daintree Rainforest on a guided tour through six tree platforms and seven ziplines. With landing platforms ranging from 5m to 19.5m above ground, their guides are with you every step of the way providing interpretive talks and fun facts about the wildlife surrounding you. The two hour tour runs in all weather which makes it the perfect thing to do, despite the weather. With tours departing twelve times daily from Cape Tribulation, there is no reason to not add it to your itinerary. For the photographers out there, make sure you bring your phone or action camera to film your ziplines and the views from the canopy!

things to do in cape tribulation - jungle surfing

Night Walks Jungle Adventures

Being in the heart of the Daintree Rainforest, there is a lot of wildlife that call it home. Night Walks Jungle Adventures offers guided night walks through the rainforest, to allow you to indulge your inner Attenborough, free from the shackles of technology, to really discover what lies beneath the rainforest canopy. As you and your small group wander through the rainforest tracks, you will discover a vast range of rainforest critters, whilst your guide gives you informative talks about how special the rainforest really is. This two-hour activity is also an all weather activity, which makes it the perfect activity to add to your list of things to do.

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Ocean Safari Half-Day Reef Tour

Your list of things to do in Cape Tribulation is not complete until you explore the Great Barrier Reef. To explore the second World Heritage area in Cape Tribulation, Ocean Safari have the perfect half-day tours! Join an exhilarating ride our to the Great Barrier Reef to snorkel the pristine reefs of the Cape Tribulation coast. The half-day eco tour visits two different destinations, each with an extraordinary array of marine life and coral species. With only a quick 25 minute ride to the Mackay and Undine Reefs, you will have an amazing time creating memorable moments. Your tour will include all of the snorkelling equipment needed, personalised snorkel instructions, reef interpretations and a courtesy bus transfer.

Sleep In The Rainforest With Cape Trib Beach House

With all of the rainforest activities mentioned above, why not also sleep in the rainforest? Cape Trib Beach House offers small secluded cabins 20m right beneath the rainforest canopy. The St. Crispins Cabin has personal pathway leading right to the beach front which is 20 metres from your cabin. further enough away but still close enough to the restaurant and bar, the St. Crispins Cabin is the perfect choice for a couples getaway. However if you are looking for a cheaper option, Cape Trib Beach House has other options such as rooms for four as well as dorm share rooms. After a night at the restaurant and bar, join the team at Cape Trib Beach House for a beach bonfire at 9pm (weather permitting). This is the perfect chance to gather around, relax and share stories about your experiences so far. Note: Don’t forget the marshmellows! This is the perfect way to spend your last night here, so make sure you add this to your list of things to do in Cape Tribulation.

When travelling to Cape Tribulation, there are so many things to do that it can get overwhelming. We hope this list of things to do in Cape Tribulation can narrow down some ideas for you. Tropic Wings offers Cape Tribulation tours which departs Cairns daily. Looking for things to do in Cape Tribulation but don’t want to plan it yourself? Book one of our Cape Tribulation tours online today for a memorable experience.

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Skyrail Maintenance Closure – May 2017

Kuranda Tours

Skyrail Maintenance Closure

As some of you are probably aware, Skyrail Cairns is currently undergoing some planned maintenance which will be continuing until the 4th of June. This maintenance will upgrade the cableway’s technology making it an even more memorable experience for customers. Although the Skyrail Cableway is a remarkable way to witness the World Heritage Rainforest, and a favourite way to commute to the Kuranda Village, Tropic Wings and Jungle Tours have you covered.

During the Skyrail maintenance Tropic Wings Cairns Tours & Charters have selected Kuranda tours which will be running with a different means of transport. These tours include a mixture of our coaches and the use of the Kuranda Scenic Railway to get you and your family into the Kuranda Village to enjoy a memorable experience. There is a tour to suit all needs and wants with a variety of inclusions such as Rainforestation Nature Park and the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary.

 

Our sister company, Jungle Tours & Trekking, are also offering multiple tours to the Kuranda Village. During the Skyrail maintenance period, Jungle Tours are offering two separate tours to the Kuranda Village and access to Rainforestation Nature Park. However if you are wanting to explore the Kuranda Village on your own without a guided tour, Jungle Tours are also offering two separate transportation options. Both include a ride to Kuranda Village on the Kuranda Scenic Railway and a return trip back to Cairns and your accommodation on our coaches.

 

All these tours include transportation to and from Kuranda without the use of the Skyrail Cableway. If you have any questions regarding the above tours, contact us and let us organise your booking for you. The above tours will stop running as of the 4th of June when the Skyrail maintenance is finished.

Complete Aboriginal Culture Experience

Kuranda Coach Tours

Learning about the Aboriginal Culture is definitely something that needs to be on your list of things to do when travelling Australia. With numerous local businesses offering valuable experiences, the only problem you will have is deciding which ones to do! Many of our Tropic Wings tours offer access to the Rainforestation Nature Park, which has an incredible Aboriginal Culture experience. The best tours are the ones which integrate learning and participating in activities, into one. This is exactly what the Tropic Wings Kuranda Tours do.

The Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience at the Rainforestation Nature Park is unforgettable. Follow your Pamagirri Guide along the Dreamtime Walk down the Rainbow Serpent pathway. Along your journey, learn about the Aboriginal Culture and participate in cultural activities.

Boomerang Aboriginal Culture Experience

One of your stops along the Dreamtime Walk is the Boomerang throwing. Gather around in a hut whilst your Pamagirri Guide explains the cultural history behind the iconic boomerang. After a quick history brief and watching your guide throw them, why not try yourself? One at a time have a couple of throws into the open area and see if your boomerang can come back to you! After a few attempts you really understand the skill it takes to use these as good as our guides can.

Aboriginal Culture Boomerang

Aboriginal Culture Dance Performance

Also included in your tour is the Aboriginal Culture Dance Performance. Sit back and relax while our guides put on a remarkable show for you. The performance depicts aspects of indigenous culture including animals, food gathering and hunting. The energetic performance will leave you wanting more, and even more educated about the remarkable culture. At the end of the show, our guides randomly pick a number of people from the crowd to join them on stage with their dances. So if you feel confident, jump on stage and join in!

Aboriginal Culture Dance

Spear Throwing and Didgeridoo Aboriginal Culture Experience

The third aspect of the Pamagirri Aboriginal Culture Experience is the spear throwing and didgeridoo playing. Spear throwing is an art, and just like anything, requires great skill. Circle around and listen to the guides explain the uses of the spears and how they have been used throughout the culture. After a brief introduction, watch the guides throw the spears both by hand and with a woomera. Music and dance is embedded into the aboriginal culture, and you get to witness this first hand during your tour. In the midst of traditional aboriginal dwellings, your guide will explain how didgeridoos are made and used in ceremonies, and then reveal the techniques used to play this haunting ancient instrument by imitating the noises of Australian animals. Pay close attention and see if you can hear the sounds imitating Kangaroos and the Kookaburra!

Aboriginal Culture Didgeridoo

Army Duck Aboriginal Culture Experience

Tropic Wings offers a number of different tours with many available upgrades, all which give you an unforgettable Aboriginal Culture Experience. Come join us and let us educate you on the history of Australia and even join with the various activities at the Rainforestation Nature Park Dreamtime Walk.

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Contact us now and let our team book you a tour you will never forget!

Kuranda Scenic Railway

Kuranda Scenic Railway

Kuranda Scenic Railway

Several our Tropic Wings Kuranda Tours include travel to and from Kuranda via the Kuranda Scenic Railway.  Three of our Kuranda Tours use the Scenic Railway to travel to Kuranda, and five of them use it to depart Kuranda.

 

Whether you are getting picked up from the Cairns station or the Freshwater Station, you will be immersed in the wildlife and history of the Scenic Railway. Throughout Far North Queensland’s World Heritage-Listed rainforest, there are countless species of plants, trees and wildlife that will surround you. As you ride the Kuranda Scenic Railway, you will be so close to all that natural wonder that you can almost touch it, and your senses will be alive with the organic fragrances and natural sounds of the dense rainforest.

 

Your experience will also include various historical facts. These are spread throughout your trip, regarding the wildlife and how the entire railway was built. The railway was, and still is, considered an engineering feat of tremendous magnitude. Hundreds of men were employed to complete the railway, and by hand they built 15 tunnels and 37 bridges. This operation was accomplished, however with considerable cost to the Queensland Government treasure, and the lives of the workers.

 

During your ride on the railway, you will slow down and come to a standstill at certain points on the track. This is so you can witness the picturesque views of the hills, Green Island and waterfalls. As you pass over the Barron river, the conductor will stop the train briefly and let you look out of the windows. As you stand up you can feel a cool wind entering the train. This breeze is actually coming from the ocean, that follows the Barron river until it hits the train tracks. This breeze travels several kilometres and is guided by the various rock walls and mountains.

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The Kuranda Scenic Railway is truly an amazing experience. With many of our tours using it as a means of transport, you have the opportunity to experience it too.

Visit our bookings page for more information regarding our tours, or contact us directly to speak with us. Remember, advance bookings are essential for these tours, so get it quick and book while there are still seats.

 

Kuranda Scenic Railway Waterfall

Darby The Koala

Cairns Wildlife Tour

Throughout our Tropic Wings Tours, you get the chance to be up close and personal with many animals. One of these, is the beautiful koala. Our Tropic Wings Kuranda tour visits the Rainforestation, and the Cape Tribulation Tours visit the Wildlife Habitat. Both of these parks include visits to these beautiful animals.
These marsupials can be find in the wild from as far as North Queensland, and as low as Victoria. However, the further you go north the sparser these creatures are. In terms of their diet, koalas are fussy eaters. Out of the 800 varieties of Eucalyptus, koalas only eat around 65. During the wild however, koalas may only have a home range that has one or two different varieties. Within our parks, we have managed to source 12 different varieties. This gives our animals the ability to choose what they want to eat
These nocturnal creatures sleep for an average of 18 hours a day. This is because their eucalypt diet has limited nutritional and caloric content. Living in the tree tops, koalas are very rarely seen on the ground. Generally, the only time this will happen is when they are moving to a different tree or when injured. Once two koalas have mated, the pregnancy lasts for approximately 35 days.

 

The joeys are born underdeveloped and live in the mother’s pouch for roughly 9 months. During this time, they joey receives its nutrients from its mother. Grown koalas have a digestive system that is adapted to detoxify the poisonous chemicals within the eucalyptus leaves. Just before the joey is ready to leave the mums pouch, the mother passes on the digesting bacteria to the joey. Once this is done, the young koala is then able to take to the normal diet of a koala.

Conservation

All of our parks strive to provide our animals with the most suitable and natural habitat. This ensures that their welfare is maintained to the highest standards and that our guests leave with a memorable experience.

 

Through understanding and appreciation, we can all assist with conservation. Not just with koalas, but with our entire wildlife. The number of wild koalas within FNQ slowly diminishing, so we all need to do what we can to help this species. Our koalas are faced with many threats, most of which are things we can reduce. Things like deforestation, pollution, and escaped domestic dogs all threaten the lives of koalas.

 

If you would like to know more about these remarkable animals, join us on a tour or give one of our parks a call!

Christmas Party bus hire

christmas party bus hire

With Christmas only a month away, it’s time to start planning your end of year celebrations! We can help you with your Christmas party bus hire to ensure you have the perfect night.

Here at Tropic Wings, we have an experienced & friendly Charters team who can help put together an extra-special Christmas event – no matter the size of your group.

Check out our website for more info, or give our friendly team a call.