Australian Whip Scorpions

By Steve Wilson One day a few years back, I was at my place in the lower Daintree Rainforest planting a tree. I moved a piece of rotting wood that was in the place I wanted to plant the tree. Then I noticed a small crab like creature with babies on its back looking up

The Bleeding Heart Tree

Homalanthus populifolius Graham What this humble looking tree lacks in flower power it sure makes up for with spectacular red foliage. Also known as Native poplar or Queensland poplar it is a member of the Euphorbiaceae or spurge family which includes the candle nut tree. Host plant to Australia’s largest moth the Hercules Moth (Coscinocera

Stinging Tree

(dendrocnide moroides) Few plants can strike fear into the hearts of locals and visitors alike more than the stinging tree or Gympie-Gympie. Its beautiful fuzzy heart-shaped leaves look harmless, until you touch them. Then you instantly come to know this plants sinister dark side. It belongs to a family of plants known as Urticaceae and

Peppermint Stick Insect

One of the most rare, beautiful and bizarre insects in the world is found here in our wet tropics. Known as the Peppermint Stick insect (Megacrania batesii) and it surely lives up to its name. With its striking iridescent blue green colour. This truly amazing insect found in isolated pockets of coastal pandanus forests from

Eastern Tube Nosed Bat

(Nyctimene robinsoni) Definitely one of the strangest looking animals I’ve seen that inhabits the Daintree rainforest has to be the Eastern Tube Nosed Bat. More often heard than seen with its whistling call that is quite loud and low pitched like a cross between a squeak and a little bell chime as it makes its

MUSKY RAT KANGAROO (hypsiprymnodon moschatus)

Many visitors to the Daintree Rainforest never get a glimpse of this primitive chocolate brown grey-headed daytime marsupial, but for those who do the experience is often a memorable one. Musky Rat Kangaroos are endemic to the wet tropics living in both low and highland rainforest. All species of kangaroo belong to the macropod family.

Introduction to the Daintree Rainforest

Why the Daintree Rainforest is so special By Steve Wilson Many people visit this region every year from Australia and all around the world. They drive around or take a tour and see a lot of trees, plants, beautiful scenery and if they are very lucky They may even see an iconic animal such as


The Green Dinosaur (Idiospermum australiense) By Steve Wilson Many people who visit this amazing ancient rainforest never realise how close we came to losing it forever. If it wasn’t for the rediscovery of a very special species of tree this whole area could all be farm land and developed now. Introducing the Green Dinosaur otherwise