This area is famous for the butterflies.
Friendly local Staff on the Shore side Boats which we used to supplement our own cruise Ships boating operation. A great success.
Yorkey’s Knob is a suburb of Cairns, about 13km (9miles) north of Cairns, the regional capital of Far North Queensland. James Cook visited here briefly in 1770 on his first voyage of Discovery, but Cairns was officially founded only in 1876 as a frontier town to support the gold rush. The main street of Cairns does rather remind you of an outback town that has just grown up a little.
Australia’s Tropical Rain forests cover approximately 900,000 square hectares and are internationally recognised as being one of the most ecologically fascinating natural areas in the world, as a matter of fact one of few remaining truly pristine tropical rain forest places on the planet. These forests contain an amazing array and diversity of flora and fauna.
Stretching for over 500 kilometres along Tropical North Queensland’s coastline, these rain forests are the oldest continually surviving rain forests on earth and once covered the entire Australian continent. Some of the trees found here are more than 3,000 years old. The tallest trees in the forest reach up to 60 meters.
If you would like to experience Australia’s rain forest but are not sure if you want to meander into it, then I recommend that you book on our tour that allows you to fly above it in Cairns: The Skyrail Rain forest Cable way is a world first in environmental tourism taking you on an amazing experience over Australia’s World Heritage listed Tropical Rain forest canopy and deep into the forest.
The Skyrail experience, spanning 7.5kms over pristine rain forest, allows you to explore the wonders of an ancient tropical rain forest and find out more about one of the most botanically fascinating and diverse areas on earth. Each of the Skyrail gondolas holds 6 people, making this a very private affair. We could relax, sit back and enjoy the ride up the mountain. The views over the canopy are incredible as you can imagine. One of the most impressive sights during the journey is the opportunity to step off the cable way and walk along the boardwalk to view the Barron River Falls, a postcard picture that seems near impossible to believe unless you’ve seen it with your own eyes.
In 1885 the explorer Archibald Meston described that the raging waters of Barron Falls "rush together like wild horses as they enter the straight in the dread finish of their last race ... (where) the currents of air created by the cataract waved the branches of the trees hundreds of feet overhead ...."
Then there is also the amazing Butterfly Sanctuary's that is home to over 1500 magnificent tropical butterflies, all local to the area, including the electric blue Ulysses butterfly which simply would not settle long enough for a snap picture. Here you will find some of the largest butterflies in Australia.