A bit of a walk on the wild side today. These photographs were taken on a stroll through the wet tropical rainforest in the mountains of Queensland, Australia. We took a fantastic ride with the Kuranda Scenic Railway from Cairns on the coast up to Kuranda via the Barron Gorge National Park. Although the town itself is very much dedicated to tourists and tourism, and that has its own appeal and interest, it is also surrounded by natural forest with walkways so that you can at least experience Nature up-close and personal in a safe way.
I hope this gallery of photographs will give you a flavour of what it was like to be in the hot and humid rainforest with its luxuriant vegetation of peeling Paperbarks, Wait-a-while Palms and Palm trees of all sorts, Staghorn Ferns up in the boughs, twisted vines wrapping around the tree trunks, and occasional trailing tendrils with vibrant flowers.
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4 Replies to “Rainforest at Kuranda – Part 1”
Wow… that lichen(?) on no 4, and the banding on the tree in 12 and 10 are just amazing. What is that tree?
Yes, that was a particularly attractive lichen, with a distinct shape and colouring compared to the other rainforest lichens I’ve shown on the blog.
The tree trunk banding seems to be typical of the palm tree – I don’t know the species, there are so many – but I did photograph a lot of palm tree bark patterns when I was in Australia. I think my favourite is this one called Art in Nature 1.
Wow… that really is beautiful.
Thank you, Juliet.