Roaming guides will be on deck these school holidays at the award-winning Daintree Discovery Centre to add to visitors’ rainforest experience.
The guide, unmissable in a bright green shirt that stands out against the darker rainforest foliage, will provide interesting, structured talks at vantage points along the various walks and aerial walkway.
This is in addition to the free audio guides that are provided for visitors’ use as part of the entrance fee.
Structured talks on a variety of subjects include explanations of the biology, traditional and cultural uses and evolutionary niches of the different plant species that may be fruiting or flowering at the time.
Daintree Discovery Centre spokesperson Brian Arnold said the Centre was the perfect place for visitors to start their Daintree adventure as it offered an entertaining and informative insight into the ancient forest and its inhabitants and how the ecosystem worked.
“There is no doubt the Daintree is a bucket list destination and many people have spent a lot of time and money to come here.
“Our goal has always been to make sure these people leave the Centre with a lot more knowledge than what they arrived with, giving them the tools to go on and further explore this incredible eco-system.”
Mr Arnold said having the different interpretive walks from the forest floor to the the aerial walkway and 23-metre high canopy tower, means people can gain an understanding of the rainforest and its different stratas, from the ground up through the middle layers to the tops of the trees in the canopy.
“Our guide Brianna has been doing most of the roaming shifts so far and we have had really good feedback from visitors who appreciate the little extra insights and explanations and the opportunity to ask questions about the things they are seeing at that moment.”
“People can take in any or all of the various talks, depending on their interest. There is also time in between for lunch or a coffee in the cafe before seeing the rest of the exhibits and interactive displays in our interpretive centre,” Mr Arnold said.
The centre showcases the oldest rainforest on the planet in a sustainable and environmentally sensitive manner and works to preserve the fragile eco system through scientific research, revegetation programs and other carbon reduction initiatives.
He added that the Jurassic Forest display, which features life-size animated Australian dinosaurs and megafauna, were hugely popular with most visitors, particularly the families who had visited so far these holidays.
He encouraged locals from across the Tropical North who were interested in a self-drive adventure north of the Daintree River to apply for Douglas Shire’s Douglas Card.
This card entitles bona fide residents free travel on the Daintree Ferry between November 1 and February 28.
Application forms for the Douglas Card are available via the Douglas Shire Council website www.douglas.qld.gov.au or the Douglas Shire office and Mossman and Port Douglas libraries.
For more information on Daintree Discovery Centre visit www.discoverthedaintree.com.