Posted: 21 Feb 2018
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Posted: 20 Feb 2018
Kim from Tourism Town recently took to the stage and gave a great presentation on our platform to the Tourism & Technology community in Brisbane.
you can view it on youtube here:
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Posted: 20 Feb 2018
A lovely morning in the Daintree Valley which is looking as beautiful as ever after all the rain last week so we took a leisurely drive along the Upper Daintree road. The rainforest and cattle pastures all Incredibly lush and the cattle all in prime condi...
Posted: 12 Feb 2018
I went to Emerald Creek Falls the other day and always get a little upset if I find rubbish lying around beautiful parts of Tropical North Queensland. So, unable to accept it any longer I packed in a ‘rubbish kit’ (plastic bags and plastic gloves), making...
I’m sure people look at you oddly when you have a plastic bag dangling off your backpack and pull out the gloves to pick up stuff on the track or in the bush, scouring for bits of plastic and bright objects like some demented Bowerbird. Thankfully Emerald Creek Falls is off the beaten track so rubbish is never really a major issue here. As compared to places where people park and admire the view, now that’s another matter…. don’t get me started!
Fortunately, the rubbish at the Emerald Creek car park was minimal, and thanks to the recent rains we mainly saw mushrooms, toadstools and a HEAP of wildflowers. David, a Nature Play facilitator was busy collecting and pressing wildflowers and happily waiting for other members of the Tree4Reef group to rock up.
Most other people who arrived in the car park didn’t dally around and missed the Frilled Neck Lizard that was the highlight of my trip (I’ve never seen one in the wild before). Its amazing camouflage and ability to pose like a piece of wood meant that most people didn’t spot it when they walked past. I love coming up to the tablelands just for that reason, there’s such a difference in the flora and fauna, and I’m a BIG fan of checking out the birdlife that you don’t spot regularly down on the coast.
The good news is that whilst scouring for rubbish around the car park I inadvertently enlisted the help of ‘Violet’, a little Power Ranger who was all of 9-years old and who was totally into finding colourful objects that didn’t look right in the environment. My pint-size Power Ranger found stuff around that car park that eluded my eyesight and she didn’t even need ‘gloves’ to handle them.
Along the track to the waterfall we found all manner of stuff. Paths leading off to other places to swim, grasshoppers more colourful than the suburban variety, dragonflies, a segment of the river that looked like it belonged in a Peter Jarver gallery plus we stumbled across loads of slippery rocks and big boulders with scary drop offs that the kids (and us) took all in our stride.
Meanwhile my pint-sized Power Ranger was still scouring the environment for things that didn’t quite fit the picture – we left the sock and the busted thongs for their rightful owners in case they may return and pick them up later.
Up at the base of the waterfall we found a few people sunning themselves and the waterhole empty. Personally I didn’t blame them, the waterfall was pumping thanks to the recent rains and most were happy to just watch and enjoy the views. It didn’t take us long however to jump in and play and frolic in the foaming waters, slowly getting to grips with the power of the falls cascading down the granite ledge.
In the meantime, I donned my mask and fins and went snorkelling, scouring the swimming hole for a mislaid beer bottle or lunch wrappers. Instead I found freshwater shrimps, loads of native tadpoles clinging to the rocks and an eel. My pint-sized Power Ranger however was hunting around where we threw our towels and was slowly filling up my rubbish bag with plenty of lunch wrappers, cans and all manner of discarded items. She wasn’t ready to take on the water just yet, just happy collecting stuff that looked out of place.
Later I lent Violet my mask and she popped her head in for a peek at what lay beneath the surface and was swimming around in the eddies, despite the formidable looking waterfall that was tumbling off the rocks nearby.
Trekking back out after a big day snorkelling, jumping off rocks and playing at the falls, I finally catagorised (i.e. took a photo) all that we shipped out. As I laid it out like a Bowerbird and took the shots I realized that 10% of the items was collected by little ol’ me. Violet, the 9-year old had collected the other 90%! It dawned on me she wasn’t a ‘little’ Power Ranger at all BUT a full blown superhero mingling amongst us adults. I have to say I felt humbled in her presence, knowing full well that this is the generation of Guardians that will stay on long after my lot (and others) have moved on.
Good Things to Know:
• David Witherall, the Coordinator of the Nature Play QLD Family Group called Tree4Reef regularly holds adventures to learn about the environment and to encourage natural play and exploration outdoors for all ages (adults included). Tree4Reef promotes the Great Barrier Reef and the value of trees especially near waterways.
MORE INFO, pics & video on Emerald Creek Falls at www.adventuremumma.com
Posted: 30 Jan 2018
Babinda Kayaking is back and it's better than ever. Check out the blog and photos at https://phlipvids.com.au/babinda-kayaking-back/
Posted: 24 Jan 2018
Look what can be found hiding in the Fan Palms Trees, this little Peppermint Stick Insect, spotted regularly at our morning tea site in Cape Tribulation. Visit www.daintreetours.com for more information on our small personalized tours departing Port Do...
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Posted: 20 Dec 2017
Live coral fragments have been successfully collected and installed in the first offshore coral nursery being trialled on the Great Barrier Reef in a bid to regenerate damaged areas of the world’s largest reef. The Reef Restoration Foundation has a...
Live coral fragments have been successfully collected and installed in the first offshore coral nursery being trialled on the Great Barrier Reef in a bid to regenerate damaged areas of the world’s largest reef.
The Reef Restoration Foundation has a permit from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) to establish a pilot research offshore coral nursery at Fitzroy Island, near Cairns in Tropical North Queensland.
Foundation Chief Executive Officer Stewart Christie said the not-for-profit social enterprise sought and obtained significant tourism industry and scientific support for the coral gardening and restoration research project, which will regenerate degraded coral reefs.
“This week we collected small amounts of healthy coral which, having survived the past two years of high temperatures, should be naturally more resilient to coral bleaching,” he said.
“This coral has been attached to six ‘coral tree’ frames in the offshore coral nursery at Fitzroy Island.”
Corals in offshore nurseries grow much faster allowing cuttings to be taken just six to 12 months later to be attached on reefs to grow new coral and regenerate damaged sections.
James Cook University Professor Damien Burrows said: “As coral cover across the Great Barrier Reef continues to decline, additional management approaches are required to assist the recovery of corals.”
Led by the Reef Restoration Foundation, the project has strong tourism industry support with funding from Fitzroy Island Resort, Cairns Dive Centre, the Association of Marine Park Tourism Operators (AMPTO) and Gempearl.
Researchers from James Cook University’s TropWATER and Reef Ecologic will be monitoring the performance of the coral nursery with support by volunteers from the Fitzroy Island Resort, Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre, Cairns Dive Centre and other skilled individuals.
Mr Christie said the process adopted by Reef Restoration Foundation had been proven in other locations around the world including the Caribbean and Florida Keys.
GBRMPA Chairman Dr Russell Reichelt said there had been major climate change-driven impacts on the Great Barrier Reef over the past two years.
“GBRMPA’s Reef Blueprint launched this week highlights the importance of innovative approaches and new technologies to manage the Reef,” he said.
“It’s great to see this trial underway — while it’s still early days in this project, we look forward to seeing the results.”
Fitzroy Island Resort Director Doug Gamble said it was critical to invest in projects to support the natural assets that local industry and the community relied upon.
“Investing in the offshore coral nursery is a tangible action that will make a positive difference to reefs and contribute to a better-quality experience for our guests.”
Association of Marine Park Tourism Operators (AMPTO) Executive Officer and Gempearl Director Col McKenzie said the innovative program would engage tourism operators, Reef visitors, and individuals and businesses with a connection to the Reef showing that small actions could create a big impact for the Reef’s future.
Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef CEO Andy Ridley said: “Projects like this are vital as we need to work together to undertake actions at a local, reef wide and global scale that make a positive difference to ensuring the future health and resilience of the Great Barrier Reef”.
Follow Reef Restoration Foundation on its journey at https://www.facebook.com/reefrestorationfoundation/ and if you are inspired to make a positive improvement to the health of the Great Barrier Reef, please sign-up or donate at www.reefrestorationfoundation.org.
Posted: 20 Dec 2017
A unique research project underway near Cairns to grow healthy coral for replanting on the Great Barrier Reef could soon get a helping hand from tourists. One of Australia's first coral gardens was planted this week. Small pieces of coral taken from...
One of Australia's first coral gardens was planted this week.
Small pieces of coral taken from Fitzroy Island are being suspended from a tree-like structure to promote quick growth.
Reef Restoration Foundation founder Stewart Christie said the nursery of heat-tolerant varieties will eventually be harvested and placed on parts of the reef affected by bleaching.
"Every six to 12 months we'll take cuttings from these trees, plant them on the reef and try to restore some of those damaged sections," he said.
The not-for-profit organisation will spearhead the three-year research project, after it was granted a permit to install 20 coral growing frames in two different locations at Fitzroy Island.
The concept has been more than a year in the making and is based on successful programs developed in Florida and the Caribbean.
Tourists to get involved
If the study is a success, tourists will be given the opportunity purchase their own piece of coral which will be planted back on the reef.
"The focus is really around helping tourism operators rehabilitate and restore the damaged sites so they can showcase some pristine parts of the reef and from there we can start educating tourists and guests about the bigger ticket items like climate change, " Mr Christie said.
Acropora coral tagged for monitoring as part of a study to replant coral on the Great Barrier Reef.
PHOTO: Acropora coral tagged for monitoring as part of a study. (Supplied: Reef Ecologic)
The move has been backed by Cairns tourism operators who hope it will help businesses struggling after two consecutive bleaching events.
"Some of the local operators that aren't so much involved in the international marketing are down 20-30 per cent so it's a very significant drop in visitation," Association of Marine Park Tourism CEO Col McKenzie said.
Mr McKenzie said giving visitors ownership over the reef was instrumental in raising global awareness, while also encouraging return visits.
"This is probably one of the most exciting projects we've seen come up this year," he said.
"This the first time [the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority] has given a permit for this kind of research and if we can prove it's successful it has enormous potential to assist the tourism industry," he said.
The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority's (GBRMPA) approval of the project coincides with the official launch of its Reef Blueprint this week, which sheds light on the challenges faced by the UNESCO World Heritage site.
"The future of the Great Barrier Reef is uncertain. We desperately need strong global action on climate change but in the meantime we need to do everything we can locally," GBRMPA chief scientist David Wachenfeld said.
Dr Wachenfeld said initiatives like coral gardening reflected a new approach to dealing with the problem.
"We're actually looking at new ways of managing the marine park and one of those things is to think about the best ways to intervene in the health of the reef and promote its resilience, including restoration," he said.
Marine scientist Nathan Cook, who has been assisting on the project, said while it was a step in the right direction, work in reef restoration must not detract from the problem of climate change.
"They can provide small-scale localized diligence to help that reef manage through difficult times and potentially recover quicker after disturbances, but we have to be mindful that we don't detract from the message that climate change is the greatest threat," he said.
Scientists working in the field have hopes the results of this research could open the door for other unique approaches to helping the reef enter into a new era.
"This is the first step on that road and we anticipate we'll have three, four or more of these projects over the coming few years," Mr Cook said.
By Sally Rafferty
Posted: 17 Nov 2017
There’s no discounting - there’s TONNES of things to do in Cairns, the Adventure Capital of North Queensland. With loads of activities at your fingertips, plus some iconic places to explore (how about the Great Barrier Reef and that World Heritage Rainfor...
No 1. The Cairns Esplanade (1-5 mins from CBD)
I hate to break it to you BUT there is NO BEACH in Cairns, at least not near the CBD anyway. Fortunately, we do have the Cairns Esplanade which makes up for this in bucketloads. It’s a fantastic recreational strip that follows our city’s shoreline and if you visit you'll find yourself hanging out with families, backpackers, birdwatchers, fitness lovers and anyone else who love being outdoors.
Here's my TOP suggestion on the Esplanade:
- Cool Off at the Cairns Lagoon
- Walk the ‘Narde’ via foot power
- Hang out at a Playground
- BYO & cook on a FREE BBQ
- Explore on Wheels – Cruise the ‘Narde via scooter, rollerblades, skateboard or pedal power along the designated bike path (5km round trip).
- Work those Muscles at an Exercise stations
- Join a FREE Fitness ‘Active Living’ class - Aqua Aerobics, Zumba, HIT and meditation
- Fish on the designated fishing jetty (complete with cleaning benches, rod holders and charts to measure your catch, as well as barbies to cook up a feed if you get lucky)
No 2. Visit the Northern Beaches (15-30 minute drive from CBD)
Head north along the Bruce Highway and check out the Cairns Northern Beaches line-up.
Machans, Holloways, Yorkeys and Kewarra – attract the locals.
Trinity Beach and Palm Cove are popular with Tropical North Queensland (TNQ) visitors with a range of accommodation, restaurants and coffee haunts along their esplanade plus watersport options.
No 3. Freshwater Creeks (15 mins – 1 hr drive from CBD)
The creeks and waterfalls of TNQ are easily the best way to cool off around Cairns.
No 4. Cairns Botanic Gardens (15-mins from CBD)
For one of the best exhibitions of tropical plants in Australia head straight to the Cairns Botanic Gardens for a FREE (and relaxing) day out.
There’s no need to pack a picnic lunch here, you’ll find plenty of café’s to choose from: the waffles at the Botanic Café are legendary, there’s some healthy eats at the Tanks centre and only a short stroll away (5-mins) is Edge Hill, with its great line-up of popular eateries.
No 5. Lake Morris (30-mins drive from CBD)
A drive to Cairns’ natural reservoir is a must. On the way up you’ll get some terrific views of Cairns, skirt through lush tropical rainforest and enjoy the panoramic landscape of the lake and mountains that supplies the township with the best drinking water.
No 6. Rusty’s Market (Cairns CBD)
Rusty’s Market is an easy, central location to peruse what’s locally grown (and made) around the region. Operating every weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday), you’ll find fresh coconut milk and cane juice, Vietnamese coffee, legendary samosa’s plus a huge range of tropical fruit and produce available. Be warned though, its difficult to wander around the stalls without parting with a few of your $$$$.
SO, Hopefully my list of 6 FREE things to do in Cairns has got you keen for a visit soon!
You'll find the FULL length blogpost at www.adventuremumma.com with a HEAP more Info and links available on all of the above.....
Posted: 10 Nov 2017
Our first mangoes and these are the delicious, sweet, soft-fleshed R2E2 variety. They are still a little unripe but we are just trying to save a few for ourselves before the Spectacled Flying Foxes discover them! The tree is loaded at the top but it's now...
Posted: 01 Nov 2017
November is packed with things to do in Cairns & North Queensland! We've picked top events to help you plan your next day out in November. Make sure you find out what's on and don't miss a thing! http://www.cairnsevents.com/2017/November/ Want to...
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Posted: 18 Oct 2017
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Posted: 09 Oct 2017
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Posted: 06 Oct 2017
The Great Barrier Reef is looking good, damn good - although you may think travelling out in the comfort of Divers Den new boat, AquaQuest could skew our thinking. All that brand new gear to play with, accompanied by a crew with a sparkly, fresh attitude...
It helped that we travelled out in luxury, on the top-deck of Aquaquest, lounging around on a huge sunbed, that wouldn’t have looked amiss poolside at a Balinese resort. We did have it one better though, as we got to enjoy a 360° view of the Great Barrier Reef...
The two sites we visited, a 90-minute boat ride north of Port Douglas, were both big on viz (visability) and big on stuff to see – white tip reef sharks, rays, clown fish, giant clams and plenty of healthy hard coral were on display. Check out the video below for a quick snapshot of our day....
Although AquaQuest can take up to 80 passengers we did feel that we had our own special ‘Fathers Day’ charter as crew numbers appeared to equal passengers on the day.
This is another good reason to jump onboard and take advantage of this boat right now. Divers Den is new to the Port Douglas market and as with everything it takes a little while for a tour operator to get established in a destination, despite the fact they’ve been operating boats out of Cairns for years.
Being long-time operators on the reef it also means that when it came to designing their new boat Aquaquest, they knew what works and what doesn’t. Both the back deck snorkelling and diving activities flowed really well.
By the time us snorkelers were ready to jump in we had the back deck all to ourselves, there was no need to shuffle around divers and their big heavy tanks and no crowding on entry to the water.
What I really liked about this reef trip was that there were no hidden costs. The snorkelling package includes everything – all your gear, right down to a decent set of mask, snorkel and fins, a wetsuit or lycra suit plus a snorkel guide if you need one.
It’s a big bonus if you’re a newbie to the underwater world and there’s somebody already in the water giving you assistance and showing you where all the good stuff is.
Aquaquest is a slick operation, the crew are genuine and fun, and the whole boat has that new car smell about it.
If the weather’s fine whilst cruising to your destination, the Great Barrier Reef, then try for a spot on the sundeck (top deck) or out the front on the bow. The second level is another good option whilst travelling with big timbered benches for sitting on and plenty of space to store snorkel equipment.
Ultimately there is plenty of space to choose from on this boat, hot showers (a huge bonus after a salty dip in the sea) PLUS a decent stocked bar – after all it was Fathers Day remember :D So do yourself a favour, don’t miss it!
Good Things to Know:
• 4 hours on the outer reef
• Visit two exclusive dive locations
• Morning tea including pastries with choice of tea or coffee
• Hot & cold tropical buffet lunch selection with fresh prawns
• Hot fresh water showers
• Detailed snorkel and dive briefings
• Free guided snorkelling tour
• Free professional certified diver guides (optional)
• Free use of dive/snorkel equipment (including masks, snorkel, fins and flotation devices)
• Free use of wet and stinger suits
Posted: 06 Oct 2017
A new partnership between Skybury Coffee and Brett’s Outback Tasting Adventure is set to offer joy to foodies who combine their passion with wanderlust. Skybury business development manager Paul Fagg said Brett’s Outback Tasting Adventure tour would vis...
Skybury business development manager Paul Fagg said Brett’s Outback Tasting Adventure tour would visit Skybury Tropical Plantation four days a week, bringing locals and domestic and international visitors from Port Douglas to experience world-class export produce right where it is grown.
Skybury Tropical Plantation, 10 minutes west of Mareeba on the Atherton Tablelands, is a family-owned plantation, home to Skybury Coffee and Papaya, and a first-rate on farm visitor experience, the Skybury Café and Roastery.
“We are delighted to partner with Port Douglas-based Brett and Andrea Cameron to share our beautiful part of the world and our unique farm-fresh produce with people who enjoy the simple pleasures of real food,” Mr Fagg said.
“Our produce is sent all over Australia and overseas, and it is great to give visitors the opportunity to learn more about our passion for coffee and papaya and discover the rich diversity of the Atherton Tablelands.”
Brett and Andrea Cameron have seen their business go from strength to strength since starting Brett’s Outback Tasting Adventure three years ago.
“We have found there is so much interest in the tasting tours. It’s a good day out, satisfying and fun,” Mr Cameron said.
“The Atherton Tablelands are a wonderland with cheese, wine, chocolate, tropical fruit and vegies, locally distilled spirits – and now Skybury Coffee. There is something for every interest and palate.
“Locals enjoy discovering the foodie treats in their backyard just as much as tourists from the other side of the world
“We found people were driving to Port Douglas from Cairns for our tour, so we added the Cairns Food and Wine Tour (www.cairnsfoodwinetours.com.au) that starts and ends in Cairns.”
Posted: 27 Sep 2017
Did someone say cake? Yes that's right, we'll be selling of yummy cake slices made for us by Bonnie at 'The Plaza Cake Shop' as our Save the Koala Month fundraiser today. See our team to purchase a ticket.
Posted: 27 Sep 2017
Due to their popularity, we're going to be extending our current specials until the end of October! That means that you've got another 5 weeks to take advantage of: - $100 off liveaboards - FREE scuba dives - $FREE Open Water upgrades, saving $180
That means that you've got another 5 weeks to take advantage of:
- $100 off liveaboards
- FREE scuba dives
- $FREE Open Water upgrades, saving $180