March 15, 2005
We make an extended stop of an hour to ride on a riverboat on the Daintree River, where a wildlife guide points out crocodiles while explaining fascinating details about them, such as that the temperature must be 31 degrees for a male to be born; otherwise they are female. Hence, there are more females than males.
We also learn about the strangler figs and mangroves. The latter has the ability to filter the salt from the water, directing it to the lower leaves, which turn yellow and die off, and the unusual seed pods that fall with the point landing into the soft mud, planting itself.
After a delicious lunch, we headed south a little to our final destination, the Daintree Discovery Center, complete with an aerial walkway and canopy tower. A guide from the center led us across the walkway, identifying small insects and common plants along the way. When we reached the third floor of the canopy tower she pointed out various birds, nests, hanging basket ferns and epiphytes. At the end of the 45-minute tour, you could explore on your own.
There’s the Bush Tucker Trail and Cassowary Circuit where you can find parrots , Ulysses Blue Butterfly (absolutely gorgeous), and flying foxes, amethyst pythons sleeping in the v-shape of branches. as well as orchids, strangler figs, and ferns. There’s even a refreshing stream that meanders around the property with perch.
There is an eco-friendly gift shop and a café that overlooks the stream bed, with lush ferns adding to the backdrop. A great place to listen to the sounds of nature.
From journal Reef to Rainforest