Posted: 22 Feb 2018
In evolutionary terms, the flightless birds, or ratites, were some of the earliest types of birds to develop. Some still exist today including the emu, rheas, kiwis and the ostrich. But several have become extinct in recent times including the Moas of Ne...
Cassowaries are Gondwanan in origin and were concentrated in the small part of the super continent that later broke apart and became the present areas of Northern Australia, Papua New Guinea and some of the eastern island groups of Indonesia.
Two separate populations of Australian cassowary exist - one in the Wet Tropics area from Mt Halifax/Paluma through to Cooktown and the other on Cape York Peninsula in the McIlwraith and Iron Ranges, Jardine River area and the Eastern Dunes. The Australian cassowary is called the Southern Cassowary or sometimes the Double-wattled Cassowary. Once you realise that this species is also found in Papua New Guinea along with two more species and several subspecies, then it becomes clear why ours is called the Southern Cassowary.
A Cassowary is a solitary animal and when it is a sub-adult, it is banished from the home range of its father. The young animal wanders off to find its own future patch of habitat. It finds a part of the forest where it can coexist with the resident adult cassowaries and starts learning its way around.
This is a vulnerable time for the maturing Cassowary.
Dogs can easily chase it down and kill it; an adult Cassowary already resident in that forest can attack it and perhaps the young Cassowary may not be able to find sufficient food in a foreign area where it is disoriented.
Once the Cassowary has established its home range, it moves regularly through that range which can be quite large. Some of the Daintree animals have a home range of roughly 7 square km. The shape and area of the range changes depending on food and the annual breeding season (courting starts in May/June). Home ranges are not necessarily clearly defined and defended territories - they can overlap. Females tend to have overlapping ranges with several males.
On the Tablelands where the habitat is mainly rainforest, the ranges are larger. This increased range leads to fewer interactions between birds.
The female Cassowary has turned the tables on what is mostly a maternal social structure in the animal world. The males incubate the eggs and raise the chicks. Once a clutch of eggs is laid, the female will seek out other males with which to mate. For each male that she finds, she will provide a clutch of eggs (usually 3 to 5) for him to nurture.
Hinchinbrook Marine Cove Resort In Lucinda Wins Third-straight Australian Good Food And Travel Guide Readers’ Choice For Townsville Region
Posted: 23 Jan 2018
Hinchinbrook Marine Cove Resort Lucinda Queensland Australian Good Food and Travel Guide (AGFG) Readers’ Choice Townsville and Surrounds 2018The Hinchinbrook Marine Cove Resort in Lucinda, Queensland, has been awarded the Australian Good Food and Travel G...
“For three years in a row the readers of the Australian Good Food and Travel Guide have recognised the Hinchinbrook Marine Cove Resort as one of the best places to stay in its category in the Townsville region,” said owner and operator Michael McKeown. “My wife, Linda, and I have worked hard over the last few years to ensure that our resort exceeds guest expectations in terms of price, quality and service.”
Linda said the Hinchinbrook Marine Cove Resort had seen an increase in tourists from North Queensland, particularly Cairns and Townsville, who were attracted by the spectacular scenery of Hinchinbrook Island National Park and the world-class fishing.
“The tourism sector, particularly domestic tourism, is strong and we have seen an increase in the use of our conference centre, including for weddings, engagement parties and business-related events,” she said.
The AGFG overview of the Hinchinbrook Marine Cove Resort, described the tropical getaway just north of Townsville as perched by Hinchinbrook Channel’s pristine waters.
“Sweeping lawns and gently swaying palm trees lead to modern units and comfortable, self-contained bungalow cabins surrounded by lush gardens with views across a glistening ocean,” the overview reads. “A nearby boat ramp provides access to otherwise secluded fishing spots or simply throw in a hand line off the motel’s private jetty.”
Mike said guests, including anglers, could enjoy a BBQ in the facilities area that overlooked the Channel and Hinchinbrook Island in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Other attractions in the Ingham area included Australia’s tallest waterfall, beautiful beaches, rainforest hikes and wildlife.
“It has been fantastic to see our bookings increasing with hikers and campers heading over to trek the world-famous Thorsborne Trail on Hinchinbrook Island,” he said. “Hikers, who can leave their vehicles in protected parking, can be picked up directly from the Hinchinbrook Marine Cove Resort’s private jetty and taken directly to the island. And our resort is the perfect place to relax for a day or two afterwards, including a cool pool, hot showers, cold drinks and hot food.”
Linda and Mike thanked AGFG and its readers for honouring the resort.
For more information please visit our Website, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.
Posted: 20 Nov 2017
Oxford English Dictionary Defines adventure as: 1. An unusual and exciting or daring experience. Well if that start doesn’t take you back to high school, I hope your excitement for adventure does. I think Far North Queensland defiantly takes the to...
1. An unusual and exciting or daring experience.
Well if that start doesn’t take you back to high school, I hope your excitement for adventure does.
I think Far North Queensland defiantly takes the top prize for adventure in Australia.
You can do it all up here from new sports like River Boarding with Rapid boarders, Fly Boarding, SUPing(Stand up Paddle boarding).
To the old time favorites like Hiking, Mountain biking, Quad biking, Bunjy jumping and sky diving.
Hell we even have a JetSki croc spotting tour!!!!!!!
Seriously the list could just go on, any adventure you think you could do outdoors or even the odd indoor adventure, chances are you can do it in Cairns. I will rack my brain and try to get a full list bellow. JUST NO SNOW!!!! that stuffs too cold anyway!
Many have based them selves in the area purely for the adventure aspect; many travel to the region for their adventures. Either way it’s definitely the place to be if adventures are your thing. So much so that Far North Region has held or will hold many world class adventure events. This year alone Cairns will host the 2017 UCI World Championships (mountain biking), and in 2018 Tully will be the home of the Rafting World championships.
I would probably class my self as an adventure newbie really, it hasn’t always run though my veins. It all started back in 2010, I completed my first Bungy, sky dive and raft trip all in about 6 months and from that point on I think I was hooked. I have been river boarding for fun for about 4 years(defiantly not as much as I would like). I love hiking, and through working with them I’m now in love with Hot Air Ballooning.
With the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest literally at our doorstep, adventure tourism is such a HUGE part of Far North Queensland. We love showing it off and we do so in some of the most adventurous fun ways possible. We don’t need fancy parks or man made rivers we have natural playgrounds. I have been working in adventure tourism for the last 4 years with Rapid Boarders and also Hot Air Ballooning. The best thing about it is seeing people accomplish things they may have never even thought possible in places that they are simply amazed by. These tours cater to your every adventure need, you don’t need to bring/own your own equipment or even have experience you simply sign up and show up.
I believe some of the best adventures come from wild ideas, random exploring and pure craziness, they can be spontaneous or planned it doesn’t really matter, what matters is that you keep having them, you keep exploring, and you pass on that adventure sprit to every person you meet. If that means taking your kids for a hike, or passing on some information about something awesome you just did.
We as adventures just need to keep living and Far North Queensland is defiantly the place to do it!!!
Hot Air ballooning
Wake boarding /water skinningKite surfing
Giant natural waterslides and waterfalls
Posted: 06 Oct 2017
Raging Thunder recently welcomed ten brand new rafts from South Africa to the fleet, operating on the Tully River. Raging Thunder Adventures is committed to providing world class rafts that navigate the river with more ease while ensuring passenger safety...
Dave McFarlane, the Tully Operations Manager said, “the white water raft guides are really stoked to have a new fleet of rafts to use on the mighty Tully River, they look great out there on these beautiful sunny days and the customers are always impressed with the quality of the rafts they get to go down the rapids in”.
The timing of the new rafts also coincides with the launch of Raging Thunder's Tully Express, which as the new suggests, gets you to and from Tully in the quickest possible time. "Our passengers still get to experience the awesome grade 3 and 4 rapids on Australia's premier rafting river but we paddle the stretch in one hit, have lunch at the end and have you back to Cairns by 3.30pm or Mission Beach by 2.30pm" said Dave.
For further information, contact: Emily Rossi on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07 4030 7990
Posted: 29 Sep 2017
The Hinchinbrook Marine Cove Resort in Lucinda, Queensland, has been named Australian Good Food and Travel Guide (AGFG) Readers’ Choice winners for 2017. It is the second year in a row that the ocean-side resort overlooking the famed Hinchinbrook Island N...
The Hinchinbrook Marine Cove Resort, just south of Cairns in North Queensland, was voted a winner in the “Townsville and Surrounds” region. The AGFG Readers’ Choice Awards are designed to give the Australian public the opportunity to vote for their favourite establishments throughout the year. The Awards recognise “hard-working establishments and they provide AGFG editors with invaluable data on what’s popular.”
Hinchinbrook Marine Cove Resort owner-operator Linda McKeown said she was delighted with the Award, which was a reflection of the positive feedback the accommodation had received from numerous guests.
“We are located in a superb environment in the Hinchinbrook Channel, our accommodation is first class and I guess our guests are pretty happy with our service,” Linda said. “So yes, we are delighted to have received the award for the second year in a row.”
Michael McKeown also singled out the resort’s proximity to both Cairns, Townsville and Ingham and the popularity of the Hinchinbrook Island National Park as well as fishing on the Great Barrier Reef and the Hinchinbrook Channel.
“It’s a special part of the world that many of our guests will testify to, including those that kindly voted for us in the AGFG Readers’ Choice Awards,” Michael said. “We hope to see them all back here in the not-to-distant future and of course we welcome anybody who wants to come and stay and experience our hospitality.”
Hinchinbrook Marine Cove Resort has more than 30 motel rooms providing the very best in accommodation options for the discerning guest, including 20 resort motel rooms, 12 self-contained bungalows and a three-bedroom apartment for larger-sized groups.
For more information please contact Linda or Michael
Phone: +61 (7) 47778395 / Mobile: +61 427055678 / +61 427175567
Fax: +61 (7) 47778317
Address: 54 Dungeness Road, Lucinda 4850, Far North Queensland, Australia
Posted: 20 Jul 2017
Did you know that at mating time, females and males migrate to the beach where they were born, following the magnetic fields of the Earth as their guide. The migrations can be over 2000 kilometers long. How Turtley Terrific!
Posted: 19 Jul 2017
On our recent Wildlife of Australia's Rainforest expedition to far north Queensland this stunningly colourful Boyd's Forest Dragon was found sunning himself in the middle of the road. While picking him up to place him on a tree, out of harms way, particip...
It's experiences such as these that Earthwatchers get the opportunity to enjoy while in the field.
Posted: 06 Jun 2017
Bingil Bay is a small community just north of Mission Beach and you do get a sense that the rainforest really does meet the sea in this area. The following is information from Wikipedia about the history of this beautiful location. The name Bingil is b...
The name Bingil is believed to be an Aboriginal word meaning a good camping ground given to the area by Frederick Cutten, a pioneer settler in the area. In 1884, the Cutten brothers (Frederick, Leonard, Sydney and James) established the first commercial tea plantation in Australia on their Bicton estate at Bingil Bay, also growing coffee, mangoes, bananas, pineapples and other tropical fruit. At that time, Bingil Bay was only accessible by boat. Most of the Bicton estate was destroyed by a cyclone in 1918 and although the homestead was rebuilt the remainder of the estate was never restored. The descendants of the original tea plants were rediscovered in the rain-forest by Dr Alan Maruff in 1958 and seedlings from these plants formed the basis for the Nerada tea plantations.
In 1921, an overland connection was created from El Arish (a distance of 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) away) but it was only usable by a dray and the journey took most of the day.
The area was formerly known as Clump Point (the name of a nearby headland) until 1929 when a post office called Bingal Bay was established.
On 9 July 1936, the road from El Arish to Bingil Bay was finally completed, reducing the travel time to 30 minutes. It was officially opened by Percy Pease, the Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly for Herbert.
The Bingil Bay Lifesaving Club opened in 1936.
Around 1966, then Prime Minister of Australia, Harold Holt and his wife Zara Holt, owned a holiday cottage they called "The Shack" at Bingil Bay. It sat high on the hill with views as far as Dunk Island. The couple were keen spearfishers. The cottage did not have a telephone.
Posted: 26 May 2017
Your weekend to do list - escape to a tropical island. We can make this happen with our Locals Discounted rate of $150. Book now and pack your beach bag!
Watch it here: http://www.cairnstoday.com.au/cairns/tours.95/cruise-dive-frankland-islands.1905/
Watch it here: http://www.cairnstoday.com.au/cairns/tours.95/cruise-dive-frankland-islands.1905/
Posted: 02 May 2017
Hinchinbrook Marine Cove Resort is the #1 destination for hikers that come to the area then catch the boat from our jetty over to the drop off point which is either the north or south end of the Island then picked up after their hike and bought back to th...
You can even leave your cars in the safe grounds of the resort at no charge.
Contact us to make this a possibility-
P: 07 4777 8395
Posted: 19 Apr 2017
To swim with a sea turtle is a dream that most people share. So graceful, in the coral sea’s clear water, as they glide by with not a care in the world. But as we’re taken in by the beauty of this pre-historic animal, we often forget how fortunate we are...
Of the seven existing species of sea turtle, six are listed as threatened or endangered. They are exceptionally long-lived, and are slow to reach sexual maturity. For example loggerhead turtles take around 35 years to reach sexual maturity and then breed on around 5 occasions, at intervals of several years. Apart from Crocodiles, sea turtles are amongst the largest of reptiles with mature specimens ranging in size from 40kg - 300kg. Their diets vary with the species: green turtles eat algae and seagrasses; loggerheads molluscs and crabs; hawksbill sponges and algae; and leatherbacks eat jellyfish. When sea turtles lay their eggs in the shallow dunes of Frankland Islands and other beaches, it is the temperature of the sand that will determine what sex the hatchlings will be. Incubation temperatures above 30ºC cause female sex in hatchlings, whereas temperature below 28ºC result in male hatchlings. Over the course of one reproductive season the females can lay anywhere between 100 and 500 eggs. Of these maybe one or two will actually reach adulthood.
Only a small percentage of sea turtles actually make it back to the beaches where they hatched. I hope the odds are greater for you to make it back to swim with the turtles around the Frankland Islands.
Posted: 31 Oct 2016
The Barron River afternoon session is a great tour full of extreme adventure on up to grade 3 rapids. River boarding with Rapid Boarders is a great white water option and all essential training is provided, so requires no previous experience. The thril...
River boarding with Rapid Boarders is a great white water option and all essential training is provided, so requires no previous experience. The thrill of being in control of your own individual board puts you in the drivers seat and will make the Barron river seem more exhilarating.
Half day tour includes:
Pick up / Drop off from Cairns city accommodation
Transfers to the River
Use of a world-class white river board, The Fluid-Anvil
All equipment and Safety gear including life jacket, helmet, knee and shin guards, wetsuit pants and fins
Up to 2 hours on river time
An action packed afternoon you will never forget
Transfers Back to accommodation
Photos of the day (All Pictures and video packages available at an extra cost )
- Minimum age is 16, (participating guardian consent if under 18 years of age is required)
- Must be able to swim.
- Medium level of fitness required.
- Comprehensive understanding of English is required.
See website for full restrictions and requirements. www.rapidboarders.com.au
Posted: 04 Jun 2009
Rainforest Rescue will be continuing with their amazingly successful Plant a Rainforest Project in the Daintree from the 22nd to the 26th of June and from the 29th of June to the 3rd of July. The trees have grown incredibly well in the tropical climate. I...
Posted: 11 Oct 2008
Rainforest Rescue has just launched its new look website. We have designed it so it is easier to navigate and we have added a Rainforest Blog packed full of news and useful information about our precious rainforests. Have a look and let us know what you t...
Posted: 14 Aug 2008
Rainforest Rescue announces the purchase of a tenth property through the Daintree Buy Back and Protect Forever Project.This is extremely good news for the critically endangered Southern Cassowary. It prevents another housing development with all its assoc...
Posted: 14 Aug 2008
David Suzuki, the internationally acclaimed broadcaster, journalist and biologist is making his voice heard as a spokesperson for Rainforest Rescue."Come on Australia" said David Suzuki. "This is important work. All Australians should get b...