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…
20 Mind Blowing Facts About The Wet Tropics Rainforest
1. It’s 80 million years older than the Amazon Rainforest.
2. The Wet Tropics Rainforest is home to the wettest place in Australia, Bellenden Ker which braves a whopping 8140mm each year.
3. It provides a habitat for 700 plant species that occur no where else in the world.
4. 80% of the Wet Tropics has remained intact since Europeans first settled in Australia.
5. Dinosaurs once roamed the very same Rainforest. The Wet Tropics have survived millions of years.
6. Lumholtz’s Tree Kangaroos and Bennett’s Tree Kangaroo can only be found in the Wet Tropics Rainforest.
7. 20 different Aboriginal tribal groups called the Far North Queensland Rainforest home.
8. The Daintree Rainforest is iconic as it meets the Great Barrier Reef at low tide at Cape Tribulation and two World Heritage sites meet.
9. It’s home to Australia’s tallest waterfall, Wallaman Falls, which is a staggering 305 metres high.
10. It consists of three major subdivisions which are based on leaf size: mesophyll, notophyll and microphyl.
11. Native Title covers 87.5% of the world heritage area. This is land where Aboriginal people practised traditional lore prior to European settlement.
12. The rainforests contain many species from different stages of evolution. Many of these originated from when Australia was part of Gondwana.
13. They contain the highest concentration of primitive angiosperms in the whole world.
14. The Daintree Rainforest alone is the size of around 25,000 football fields.
15. It’s home to 30 stunning national parks.
16. 60% of Australia’s butterfly species call the Wet Tropics home.
17. 162 Sydney Harbour’s could fit in this unique area of Australia.
18. The Wet Tropics Rainforest is the oldest continually surviving rainforest in the world. Furthermore, it’s also the most biologically diverse.
19. It is home to dozens of breathakingly beautiful and iconic rainforest waterfalls. This includes Millaa Milla Falls, Barron Falls and Josephine falls.
20. It consists of 185 regional ecosystems.