Sunday, December 30, 2007

Crossing Coopers Creek 30/12/07

This group of travellers has an exciting crossing of Cooper Creek on their way to Cape Tribulation. Coopers is the last low level causeway on the road, and willl hopefully be replaced with a high level one in 2008.

Daintree Coast Weekly Report 31/12/07 - 6/01/08

It’s been a nice wet end to 2007, with a number of significant falls over the last week. The Wet season has arrived and now all the creeks are flowing nicely, with water everywhere. The rain has cooled it down somewhat as well. We can now hear thousands of White Lipped Green Tree Frogs in the swamps, from a distance they sound like Aboriginal Clicking Sticks.
From the forecast it seems that rain periods are likely to continue this week. The winds will be light to moderate during the week, but localized strong winds can experienced in association with Monsoonal Storms.
Its very hard to accurately predict monsoonal weather, hence the Weather Bureau saying ‘Scattered Showers’
NORTH TROPICAL COAST AND TABLELANDS DISTRICTIsolated coastal showers tending scattered with areas of rain over far northernparts. Moderate SE winds.Outlook for Tuesday ... Scattered showers, rain in the north.Outlook for Wednesday ... Scattered showers, rain in the north. North Tropical Waters, Cooktown to Cardwell:
Monday until midnight: S/SE winds to 15/20 knots. Seas abating to 1.7 metres outside the reef on a 2 metre SE swell, and to 1.2 metres inside. Scattered showers.
Tuesday: SE/E winds 10/15 knots, afternoon seabreezes inshore. Seas abating to 1.2 metres outside the reef on a 2 metre SE swell, and to 0.8 metre inside the reef. Scattered showers.
Wednesday: SE/E winds 10/15 knots, afternoon seabreezes inshore.
The road to Cape Tribulation is open, but there has been localized flooding, in places, particularly at Cooper Creek. Despite repeated requests our Council has still to build a high level causeway there. The flooding abates quite quickly when the rain stops, so there have been no days where the road has been cut all day. Those in small cars should be cautious about crossing, I have seen some very ‘bold’ drivers this week, and I would say a couple have been very lucky. Also keep in mind that a car rental company would rather their car in one piece and the hirer alive at the conclusion of the rental period. Ask your self if it’s really worth the risk to catch a flight…
The Bloomfield Track is currently closed, not officially, but there are large fallen trees blocking it. I will go and have a look this afternoon and see the extent of the problem. Those attempting the track should only do so in heavy duty 4WDs, and be prepared for very deep, washed out and rocky river crossings. My 2007 tide chart has run out so no tide info until I get a new one! Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Frog Season on the Daintree Coast

Unfortunately one of the amphibians we see more of at this time of the year is the Cane Toad. Cane Toads were introduced as ameans of controlling insect pests in Sugar Cane. Unfortunately this attempt at biological control was poorly researched, and the toads don't do any good for Sugar Cane.
Not long after the Toads were introduced, a chemical called Suscon Blue provide the neccesary insect control.
The toads have prospered, and spread rapidly through Queensland, and The Northern Territory, and even into New South Wales.
The problem with Toads is that they are poisonous and many native animals catch and eat them, mistaking them for edible native frogs. With few exeptions, any native animal that does this will die. Quolls, Birds, Snakes, Lizards and even Crocodiles have been affected.
It would be great to be able to eradicate this pest from our rainforests, but a means of doing so is yet to be devised.

Frog Season on The Daintree Coast


Another common frog here is the Stoney Creek Frog. Although they are strictly speaking a Tree Frog, they have less ability to climb than most other Tree Frogs and are mostly seen on or near the ground.
Many stories I have read about the Daintree talk of a mysterious creature that makes a maniacal laughing noise in the forest. I too was puzzled by this until many years ago I actually observed this frog as the culprit!
They are also capable of a noise rather like a baby crying, usually made when a predator has got them.
When their legs are extended they reveal quite beatiful colours inside, which some refrence books claim are used in mating rituals. Apparently the males repeatedly extend the legs at this time.

Frog Season on The Daintree Coast


This time of the year, Frogs become much more active. With the onset of warmer weather, more insects, and rain many frogs take the opportunity to feed and breed.
This White Lipped Green Tree Frog was photographed on a Mason's Tours Nightwalk in December 2007.
These beautiful Frogs are very common on The Daintree Coast and can be see after rain from the boardwalk to the Cape Restaurant at Coconut Beach Lodge.

Daintree Coast Weekly Report 24/12/07 - 30/12/07

Merry Christmas one and all!

Still great December weather, with warm humid days, some rain, and lots of sun. This weather there is nothing better than a dip in a local swimming hole to cool off. There are public pools at Mason’s Shop and at Emmagen Creek, and some private tour operators offer a swim if you join them on a tour.
Jellyfish are now out in force, and swimming along the Daintree Coast should not be contemplated unless a stinger suit is worn. Remember that Box Jellyfish are coastal, and do not extend out to the Barrier Reef.
With Christmas approaching, a reminder that some businesses are not open for Christmas Day. Most Resorts and Restaurants are of course open, but many tour operators are closed for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day, and New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Now for next week’s weather:
NORTH TROPICAL COAST AND TABLELANDS DISTRICTIsolated showers about the coast. Isolated afternoon and evening showers andthunderstorms on and west of the Tablelands. Light winds with moderate coastalseabreezes. Outlook for Tuesday ... Isolated afternoon and evening showers andthunderstorms. Merry Christmas.Outlook for Wednesday ... Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms.

North Tropical Waters, Cooktown to Cardwell:Monday until midnight: NW/NE winds 5/10 knots with inshore seabreezes 10/15 knots. Seas to 1.0 metre outside the reef and to 0.6 metres inside the reef. Isolated showers.Tuesday: E/SE winds 10/15 knots with afternoon NE seabreezes. Seas to 1.2 metre outside the reef and to 0.8 metres inside the reef. Increasing showers. Wednesday: E/SE winds 10/15 knots with afternoon NE seabreezes.

Roads – the road to Cape Trib is open. Storms can bring down the odd tree so drive carefully. There has been no flooding recently. The big tides on Saturday and Sunday may briefly flood Cooper Ck Causeway mid morning Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Bloomfield Track is open to 4WDs only and is in fair condition. Some mud/rough patches are developing. We recommend the use of low gear (low range if available on steep descents) The creek crossings are about 0.5m deep and will have rocks in them after flooding. Low clearance 4WDs may have trouble. I recommend all crossings be walked before driving, except Bloomfield Causeway which has a Croc risk. The Bloomfield Causeway has subsided on the northern downstream side and it is important you do not drive on this area. The big tides on Saturday and Sunday may briefly flood Bloomfield Causeway mid morning Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
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Tides – are high morning tending to early afternoon later in the week. Early in the week the tides are extremely high.

Pre booking is advised as most places are close to full over Christmas

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Daintree Coast Weeekly Report 17/12 - 23/12

So far we have had great December weather, with warm humid days, some rain, and lots of sun. This weather there is nothing better than a dip in a local swimming hole to cool off. There are public pools at Mason’s Shop and at Emmagen Creek, and some private tour operators offer a swim if you join them on a tour.
Jellyfish are now out in force, and swimming along the Daintree Coast should not be contemplated unless a stinger suit is worn. Remember that Box Jellyfish are coastal, and do not extend out to the Barrier Reef.

Now for next week’s weather:

NORTH TROPICAL COAST AND TABLELANDS DISTRICT
Isolated overnight showers on the coast and inland. Mostly fine on the
Tablelands. Light to moderate SE to NE winds. A moderate to high fire danger.
Outlook for Wednesday ... Scattered showers coast and ranges chiefly overnight
and morning.
Outlook for Thursday ... Scattered showers coast and ranges chiefly overnight
and morning.

North Tropical Waters, Cooktown to Cardwell:
Monday until midnight: SE winds 10/15 knots and NE inshore seabreezes. Seas to 1.2 metres outside the reef and to about 0.7 of a metre inside the reef. Isolated showers.
Tuesday: SE/E winds 10/15 knots rising to 15/20 knots during the late afternoon and evening. Seas to about 1.2 metres outside the reef rising to 1.7 metres. Seas to about 0.7 of a metre inside the reef rising to 1 metre. Isolated showers.
Wednesday: SE/E winds 10/15 knots, becoming 15/20 knots offshore.
Thursday: SE/E winds 10/15 knots, becoming 15/20 knots offshore.

Roads – the road to Cape Trib is open. Storms can bring down the odd tree so drive carefully. There has been no flooding recently. The big tides on Saturday and Sunday may briefly flood Cooper Ck Causeway between 8 and 9am.

The Bloomfield Track is open to 4WDs only and is in fair condition. Some mud/rough patches are developing. We recommend the use of low gear (low range if available on steep descents) The creek crossings are about 0.5m deep and will have rocks in them after flooding. Low clearance 4WDs may have trouble. I recommend all crossings be walked before driving, except Bloomfield Causeway which has a Croc risk. The Bloomfield Causeway has subsided on the northern downstream side and it is important you do not drive on this area. The big tides on Saturday and Sunday may briefly flood Bloomfield Causeway between 8 and 10am.

Tides – are low morning and high afternoon until Wednesday when the lows go to the afternoon

Pre booking is advised as most places are close to full over Christmas.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Weekly Report Daintree Coast 10 -16 December 07

We are all getting used to the warmer weather now, the last week has been glorious! It has been ideal weather for the reef, and tourists and locals have been making the best of it.

Now that we have had the first rains, and the northerlies are here, we do not recommend any swimming on beaches in the Daintree Coast. There are no stinger nets here and the risk of stingers is too high. Try swimming in a waterhole at Emmagen or Mason’s instead.
NORTH TROPICAL COAST AND TABLELANDS DISTRICTFine. Light to moderate SE to NE winds. A moderate to high fire danger.Outlook for Tuesday ... Fine and mostly sunny. Outlook for Wednesday ... Mainly fine. Isolated coastal showers in the farnorth.

North Tropical Waters, Cooktown to Cardwell:Monday until midnight: SE/E winds 10/15 knots with inshore afternoon E/NE sea breezes. Seas to 1.2 metres outside the reef and to 0.8 metres inside the reef. Tuesday: SE/E winds 10/15 knots with inshore afternoon E/NE sea breezes. Seas to 1.2 metres outside the reef, 0.8 metres outside the reef. Wednesday: SE/E winds 10/15 knots.

Roads – the road to Cape Trib is open. Storms can bring down the odd tree so drive carefully. There has been no flooding recently.

The Bloomfield Track is open to 4WDs only and is in fair condition. Some mud/rough patches are developing. We recommend the use of low gear (low range if available on steep descents) The creek crossings are about 0.5m deep and will have rocks in them after flooding. Low clearance 4WDs may have trouble. I recommend all crossings be walked before driving, except Bloomfield Causeway which has a Croc risk. The Bloomfield Causeway has subsided on the northern downstream side and it is important you do not drive on this area.

Tides – are high morning and low afternoon until Friday, when the highs go to afternoon

Although the accommodation houses are not as busy, we still recommend pre booking

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Weekly Report Daintree Coast 3/12/07 - 9/12/07

Wow it has been HOT! Last weekend had temperatures up to 37% so the creeks were a welcome place to cool off. Some storms have been visible, but we have had very little rain. The winds have tended to afternoon northerlies.

Now that we have had the first rains, and the northerlies are here, we do not recommend any swimming on beaches in the Daintree Coast. There are no stinger nets here and the risk of stingers is too high. Try swimming in a waterhole at Emmagen or Mason’s instead.

Forecast:Scattered showers, isolated thunderstorms, tending to areas of rain overnight.Chiefly light winds. A moderate to high fire dangerOutlook for Tuesday ... Scattered showers, isolated thunderstorms tending torain areas at times.
Outlook for Wednesday ... Scattered showers, isolated thunderstorms

North Tropical Waters, Cooktown to Cardwell:Monday until midnight: SE winds 10/15 knots reaching 15/20 knots at times during the morning south of about Cairns. Winds tending E/NE 10/15 knots inshore in the afternoon. Seas 1.2 to 1.5 metres. Showers and isolated thunderstorms with squalls. Overnight rain areas.Tuesday: Variable winds 5/15 knots with afternoon NE sea breezes about 10 knots. Seas 0.5 to 1 metre. Showers and isolated thunderstorms. Morning rain areas.Wednesday: Variable winds 5/10 knots with afternoon NE sea breezes.

Roads – the road to Cape Trib is open. Storms can bring down the odd tree so drive carefully. There has been no flooding recently.

The Bloomfield Track is open to 4WDs only and is in fair condition. Some mud patches are developing. We recommend the use of low gear (low range if available on steep descents) The creek crossings are about 0.5m deep and will have rocks in them after flooding. Low clearance 4WDs may have trouble. I recommend all crossings be walked before driving, except Bloomfield Causeway which has a Croc risk. The Bloomfield Causeway has subsided on the northern downstream side and it is important you do not drive on this area.

Tides – are high morning and low afternoon all this week, so afternoon beach walks are the go.

Although the accommodation houses are not as busy, we still recommend pre booking

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Solar Whisper on the Daintree River

We have had some very large tides this week with the full moon so we have been watching carefully for any nesting activity. On Saturday we found Elizabeth (2.6m croc) crashing around in long grass at the top of Pig Island which will be a great spot for us to watch the whole nesting process.

In our area we have about 5 or 6 nesting females laying an average of 50 eggs which adds up to about 300 per year. We are still looking at about 4 or 5 hatchlings from this year and only 1 one year old from last year when we had the floods from cyclone Monica. There is no chance of a crocodile population explosion.

Thanks for your support.

David & Tyna White

http://www.solarwhisper.cominfo@solarwhisper.com

Ph. 40987131
Mob. 0439 983 140
A/H 40 983 140

Daintree River Ferry - Christmas Day

The Daintree River ferry operating hours on Christmas Day 25th December 2007 will be:

7.30am – 10.30am and 2.30pm - 5.30pm

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Daintree Coast Report 19/11 to 25/11

The Wet Season has arrived. With a Cyclone well north, the ridge over North Queensland has been active, and we have received about 250mm over three days. Today the weather is clearing as Cyclone Guba moves north and we should see better weather later in the week. The Cyclone poses NO IMMEDIATE THREAT to anywhere on the Queensland Coast. Unfortunately the strong southeasters are forecast to continue.

The rain has seen the forest come alive with my house full of frogs. This is a great time to experience the rainforest, as rain and warm weather greatly stimulates reptile activity.

NORTH TROPICAL COAST AND TABLELANDS DISTRICTScattered showers tending to rain at times. Some moderate falls possible.Moderate to fresh SE winds.Outlook for Tuesday ... Scattered showers.
Outlook for Wednesday ... Isolated showers.

North Tropical Waters, Cooktown to Cardwell:A wind warning is current.Monday until midnight: SE winds 20/30 knots. Seas 2.8 metres outside the reef and 1.4 metres inside. Showers or rain.Tuesday: SE winds 20/30 knots. Seas 2.8 metres outside the reef and 1.4 metres inside. Showers or rain.Wednesday: SE winds 20/25 knots.
TROPICAL CYCLONE INFORMATION BULLETIN For 5:00 am EST on Monday the 19th of November 2007 At 4 am EST Monday, Tropical Cyclone Guba [Category 1] with central pressure 995hPa was located over the Coral Sea near latitude 12.6 south, longitude 146.2which is about 255 km east of Lockhart River. Tropical Cyclone Guba has recently adopted a slow northwest track, and a similarmotion is expected to continue over the next 24 hours. Guba remains a minimalcategory 1 cyclone, and little change in intensity is expected. The next bulletin will be issued by 11 am EST Monday.



Roads – the road to Cape Trib is open but there has been localized flooding over the weekend. The creek rise and fall quickly and usually go down rapidly after rain ceases. There is currently no flooding and the sun is shining.


The Bloomfield Track is open to 4WDs only and is in fair condition. Some mud patches are developing. We recommend the use of low gear (low range if available on steep descents) The creek crossings are about 0.5m deep and will have rocks in them after flooding. Low clearance 4WDs may have trouble. I recommend all crossings be walked before driving, except Bloomfield Causway which has a Croc risk. The Bloomfield Causeway has subsided on the northern downstream side and it is important you do not drive on this area.

Tides – are high early morning and late afternoon for most of the week.

Although the accommodation houses are not as busy, we still recommend pre booking

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

WE WON!!!


DAINTREE COAST WINS THE AWARD FOR BEST PROVISION OF VISITOR INFORMATION AND SERVICES



Almost 600 Tropical North Queensland’s tourism representatives and supporters gathered at the Cairns Convention Centre last night to honour those in the industry who have displayed excellence in their field during the past year.Winners were announced in 22 award categories covering many different aspects of the industry and several special awards were also bestowed during the 2007 Tropical North Queensland Tourism Awards’ glittering Gala Presentation Evening.

Tourism Tropical North Queensland chief executive officer Rob Giason said the ninth Tropical North Queensland Tourism Awards was another great success.

“I congratulate every one of the TTNQ members who took the time to put together a submission for this year’s awards. Our hard working awards judges had the difficult task of selecting the winners from a field of exceptionally high standard entries,” Mr Giason said.“It was great to see the excitement on the faces of the winners as they received their awards which recognised their outstanding achievement. I congratulate them and all the awards entrants on their great effort and dedication to the Tropical North Queensland tourism industry, which we are all proud to be part of.”

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Weeekly Report Daintree Coast 12 - 18 Nov 07

Congratulations to The Daintree Discovery Centre for winning The ‘Steve Irwin Ecotourism Award’ at last weekend’s Qld Tourism Awards!!!

The weather this weekend has been good, but there were some isolated showers, and 13mm of rain fell in the last 24hrs. This has been great as it has greened everything up and energized the wildlife. The sea was reasonably calm again, but the wind has now picked up quite a bit.

Reptiles are now fully active, with Boyds Dragons, Water Dragons and Snakes seen often day and night. Any sign of rain sees frogs out, and birds are nesting everywhere. Lace Monitors are wandering around the campgrounds and across the roads, and the Crocs are feeling frisky! Cassowaries with chicks are also being seen. Last night some nightwalkers had a great view of a croc in Myall Creek.
NORTH TROPICAL COAST AND TABLELANDS DISTRICTScattered showers about the coast and ranges mainly morning and at night. Mainlyfine inland. Fresh SE winds. A moderate to high fire danger.Outlook for Tuesday ... Scattered showers about the coast and ranges tendingisolated inland. Fresh SE winds Outlook for Wednesday ... Scattered showers about the coast and ranges tendingisolated inland. Fresh SE winds.

North Tropical Waters, Cooktown to Cardwell:A strong wind warning is current.Monday until midnight: SE winds 20/25 knots increasing to 20/30 knots during the day. Seas rising to 3 metres outside the reef and to 1.7 metres inside the reef. Scattered showers.Tuesday: SE winds 20/30 knots. Seas to 3 metres outside the reef and to 1.7 metres inside the reef. Showers. Wednesday: SE winds 20/30 knots decreasing to 20/25 knots south of Cairns.

Roads – the road to Cape Trib is open with no flooding. Thompson Creek Causeway is now complete, and both lanes are open. This has significantly improved access around Cape Tribulation and the big queues at this crossing in the wet season will now be a thing of the past. Only one more to go, Cooper Creek! Please be aware of increased snake and frog activity on the road at night. Please don’t run snakes over they are just as biologically important as Cassowaries (or frogs)! Also be aware of forest dragons on the road, as they are in nesting season. They tend to lay eggs in openings in the forest, and roadside verges are ideal. In the days of graded dirt roads, many nests were destroyed as grading was carried out, and the drains were reopened, of course this was the very spot the Boyd’s had decided to lay eggs!

The Bloomfield Track is open to 4WDs only and is in good condition. Some potholes are developing. We recommend the use of low gear (low range if available on steep descents) The creek crossings are less than knee deep. Dust is bad on the road and lights should be used. If significant rain falls on the road this week, the bulldust will turn to mud and the road may become extremely slippery.


Tides – are high early morning, low early to mid afternoon on Monday and Tuesday, then high midday Wed and the highs slip quickly down through the afternoon to Sunday. Wednesday and Thursday have only two tides so movement will be slow.

Although the accommodation houses are not as busy, we still recommend pre booking

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Daintreecoast Weekly Update 5/11/2007 - 12/11/2007

The weather this weekend has been superb once again! The water was flat calm. On land there has been a tendency for clouds to form over the mountains in the afternoon, typical for this time of the year. Last night was cool though, hard to believe its November!

The weather is forecast to change, with moderate southeasters later in the week. Although this will not make mariners happy, it will cool it down a bit.

Reptiles are now fully active, with Boyds Dragons, Water Dragons and Snakes seen often day and night. Any sign of rain sees frogs out, and birds are nesting everywhere. Lace Monitors are wandering around the campgrounds and across the roads, and the Crocs are feeling frisky! Cassowaries with chicks are also being seen.

NORTH TROPICAL COAST AND TABLELANDS DISTRICT
Fine apart from isolated afternoon or evening showers and thunderstorms west of
the Tablelands. Light to moderate SE to NE winds. A moderate to high fire
danger.
Outlook for Tuesday ... Isolated afternoon or evening showers and
thunderstorms west of the Tablelands, fine elsewhere.
Outlook for Wednesday ... Isolated coastal showers. Moderate SE winds, fresh
about the coast during the day.

North Tropical Waters, Cooktown to Cardwell:
Monday until midnight: Variable winds 5/10 knots with inshore afternoon NE seabreezes up to 10/15 knots. Seas to 1.2 metres.
Tuesday: SE/E winds 10/15 knots with inshore afternoon NE seabreezes at 10/15 knots.
Wednesday: SE/E winds 10/15 knots.

Roads – the road to Cape Trib is open with no flooding. Thompson Creek Causeway is now complete, and both lanes are open. This has significantly improved access around Cape Tribulation and the big queues at this crossing in the wet season will now be a thing of the past. Only one more to go, Cooper Creek! Please be aware of increased snake and frog activity on the road at night. Please don’t run snakes over they are just as biologically important as Cassowaries (or frogs)! Also be aware of forest dragons on the road, as they are in nesting season. They tend to lay eggs in openings in the forest, and roadside verges are ideal. In the days of graded dirt roads, many nests were destroyed as grading was carried out, and the drains were reopened, of course this was the very spot the Boyd’s had decided to lay eggs!

The Bloomfield Track is open to 4WDs only and is in good condition. Some potholes are developing. We recommend the use of low gear (low range if available on steep descents) The creek crossings are less than knee deep. Dust is bad on the road and lights should be used.


Tides – are high early morning, low early to mid afternoon all week

Although the accommodation houses are not as busy, we still recommend pre booking

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Daintree Coast Weekly Report 29/10 - 4/11

The weather this weekend has been superb! The water was flat calm, with some locals taking small boats right to the edge of the continental shelf! Even in the afternoons only the smallest breezes blew up, just enough to keep those of us out on the water cool. On land there has been a tendency for clouds to form over the mountains in the afternoon, typical for this time of the year. Last night was quite warm and humid, reminding us that the green season is fast approaching.

The weather is forecast to change, with moderate and then strong southeasters later in the week. Although this will not make mariners happy, it will cool it down a bit. I expect rain sometime after Wednesday.

Reptiles are now fully active, with Boyds Dragons, Water Dragons and Snakes seen often day and night. Any sign of rain sees frogs out, and birds are nesting everywhere. Lace Monitors are wandering around the campgrounds and across the roads, and the Crocs are feeling frisky!

Sultry. Isolated afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorm chiefly inland.
Light to moderate E to NE winds. Moderate to high fire danger.
Outlook for Tuesday ... Isolated coastal showers chiefly overnight.
Moderate SE winds.
Outlook for Wednesday ... Isolated coastal showers chiefly overnight.

North Tropical Waters, Cooktown to Cardwell:
Monday until midnight: E/NE winds 10/15 knots, shifting E/SE 15/20 knots in the evening. Seas rising from 1.2 to 1.6 metres outside the reef and from 0.7 to 1.2 metres inside the reef. Isolated showers, chiefly evening.
Tuesday: E/SE winds 15/20 knots, reaching 20/25 knots in the far north by evening. Seas from 1.6 to 2.2 metres outside the reef, seas from 1.2 to 1.5 metres inside the reef. Isolated showers.
Wednesday: SE winds 15/20 knots, reaching 20/25 knots north of Cairns.

Roads – the road to Cape Trib is open with no flooding. Thompson Creek Causeway is now complete, and both lanes are open. This has significantly improved access around Cape Tribulation and the big queues at this crossing in the wet season will now be a thing of the past. Only one more to go, Cooper Creek! Please be aware of increased snake and frog activity on the road at night. Please don’t run snakes over they are just as biologically important as Cassowaries (or frogs)! Also be aware of forest dragons on the road, as they are in nesting season. They tend to lay eggs in openings in the forest, and roadside verges are ideal. In the days of graded dirt roads, many nests were destroyed as grading was carried out, and the drains were reopened, of course this was the very spot the Boyd’s had decided to lay eggs!

The Bloomfield Track is open to 4WDs only and is in good condition. Some potholes are developing. We recommend the use of low gear (low range if available on steep descents) The creek crossings are less than knee deep. Dust is bad on the road and lights should be used.


Tides – are a mixed bag this week, with highs midday to early afternoon until Thursday, when the highs are before sunrise and early evening.

Although the accommodation houses are not as busy, we still recommend pre booking

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Daintree Coast Weekly Report 21st Oct to 28th Oct

Rainfall – The weekend has a bit showery, with strong winds, once again I have had to delay that fishing trip. The week looks better, with forecasts fine weather and lighter winds, which may continue the whole week. The nights are still cool but the daytime temps are now getting up around 30 C. Nightwalks are now starting to see Boyd’s and Eastern Water Dragons, snakes and frogs. One now has to be careful of ‘frogs crossing’ on the road at night!

Weather Forecasts:

NORTH TROPICAL COAST AND TABLELANDS DISTRICT
Isolated coastal showers, Fine inland. Moderate to fresh SE winds easing.
High fire danger.
Outlook for Tuesday ... Mainly fine.
Outlook for Wednesday ... Fine.

North Tropical Waters, Cooktown to Cardwell:
Monday until midnight: SE winds 15/20 knots. Seas to 1.7 metres outside the reef and 1.2 metres inside. Isolated showers.
Tuesday: SE winds 10/15 knots. Seas to 1.3 metres outside the reef and 0.9 metres inside. Isolated showers.
Wednesday: SE/NE winds 10/15 knots.



Roads – the road to Cape Trib is open with no flooding. Thompson Creek Causeway is now complete, and both lanes are open. This has significantly improved access around Cape Tribulation and the big queues at this crossing in the wet season will now be a thing of the past. Only one more to go, Cooper Creek! Please be aware of increased snake and frog activity on the road at night. Please don’t run snakes over they are just as biologically important as Cassowaries (or frogs)! Also be aware of forest dragons on the road, as they are in nesting season. They tend to lay eggs in openings in the forest, and roadside verges are ideal. In the days of graded dirt roads, many nests were destroyed as grading was carried out, and the drains were reopened, of course this was the very spot the Boyd’s had decided to lay eggs!



The Bloomfield Track is open to 4WDs only and is still in great condition. We recommend the use of low gear (low range if available on steep descents) The creek crossings are less than knee deep. Dust is bad on the road and lights should be used. The road is in the best condition now it ever gets to, enjoy!





Tides – The week starts with high tides in the early morning and high in the late afternoon, with lows at midday. Later in the week, the tides slip later, with lows mid afternoon.



Even with many school holidays over tours and accommodation is still busy, and people should pre-book to avoid disappointment.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Weekly Report Daintree Coast

Weekly report for 15/10/07 –21/10/07


Rainfall – The weekend has had fine weather, with blue skies but and moderate winds on Saturday, but the southeaster picked up on Sunday, much to my disgust. The week looks average, with forecasts for showers mornings and strong winds, which may ease later in the week. The nights are still cool but the daytime temps are now getting up around 30 C. There has been markedly more reptile activity, with some beautiful pythons seen again on Night Walks again this week. Dragon lizards are now starting to been seen during the day in the forest, and there is much more bird activity.

NORTH TROPICAL COAST AND TABLELANDS DISTRICTIsolated morning coastal showers otherwise fine. Moderate to fresh southeastwinds. A moderate to high fire danger. Outlook for Tuesday ... Isolated morning coastal showers, otherwise fine.Outlook for Wednesday ... Isolated morning coastal showers, otherwise fine. North Tropical Waters, Cooktown to Cardwell:
Monday until midnight: SE winds 20/25 knots. Seas to 2.2 metres outside the reef and 1.4 metres inside the reef. Isolated showers.
Tuesday: SE winds 20/25 knots north of Cairns, 15/20 knots to the south. Seas to 2.2 metres outside the reef and 1.4 metres inside the reef, slightly less south of Cairns. Isolated showers.
Wednesday: SE winds 20/25 knots north of Cairns, 15/20 knots to the south.

Roads – the road to Cape Trib is open with no flooding, there are minor delays at Thompson Creek just north of Coconut Beach due to roadworks. There is single lane section there with a give way sign for northbound traffic. The work here is nearly finished, I expect both lanes to reopen this week. This will mean that Thompson Creek rarely floods, even in heavy rain. Please be aware of increased snake activity on the road at night. Please don’t run snakes over they are just as biologically important as Cassowaries! Also be aware of forest dragons on the road, as they are in nesting season. They tend to lay eggs in openings in the forest, and roadside verges are ideal. In the days of graded dirt roads, many nests were destroyed as grading was carried out, and the drains were reopened, of course this was the very spot the Boyd’s had decided to lay eggs!

The Bloomfield Track is open to 4WDs only and is still in great condition. We recommend the use of low gear (low range if available on steep descents) The creek crossings are less than knee deep. Dust is bad on the road and lights should be used. The road is in the best condition now it ever gets to, enjoy!


Tides – The week starts with low tides in the morning and high in the afternoon, but by Wednesday the tides are neap during the day with little or no movement. By Friday and through to Sunday, there is a morning low, folloed by a big high late afternoon.

Even with many school holidays over tours and accommodation is still busy, and people should pre-book to avoid disappointment.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Daintree hostel voted Australia's number one

Daintree YHA hostel Crocodylus Village has been ranked the best in QLD at the recent YHA conference in Townsville.

The hostel was also ranked at number five in Australia.

Crocodylus Village was given a customer rating of 92%.

The ratings are given by guests via the YHA site.

Crocodylus Village owner Terry Rogers said the results were based on cleanliness, service, friendliness, location and value for money.

"We're always reasonably high but this year we pipped the post, we were blown away," she said. "We have a lot of long-term staff and the continuity of good staff makes a good resort.

There are more than 140 YHA hostels spread across Australia and 18 in Queensland.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Weekly report Daintree Coast for 08/10/07 –14/10/07

Rainfall – The weekend has had fine weather, with blue skies but and moderate winds. The week looks good, with forecasts for fine weather. The nights are still cool but the daytime temps are now getting up around 30 C. There has been markedly more reptile activity, with some beautiful pythons seen again on Night Walks again this week. Dragon lizards are now starting to been seen during the day in the forest, and there is much more bird activity.

NORTH TROPICAL COAST AND TABLELANDS DISTRICTFine apart from isolated morning fogs. Light winds and moderate coastal seabreezes. Moderate to high fire danger.Outlook for Tuesday ... Fine apart from isolated morning fogs.Outlook for Wednesday ... Fine apart from isolated morning fogs.
North Tropical Waters, Cooktown to Cardwell:Monday until midnight: SE/NE winds 10/15 knots. Seas to 1.2 metres in open waters. Tuesday: E/NE winds 10/15 knots. Seas to 1.2 metres in open waters.Wednesday: NE/N winds 10/15 knots.

Roads – the road to Cape Trib is open with no flooding, there are minor delays at Thompson Creek just north of Coconut Beach due to roadworks. There is single lane section there with a give way sign for northbound traffic. The work here is nearly finished (still finishing VERY slowly) and will mean that Thompson Creek rarely floods, even in heavy rain. Please be aware of increased snake activity on the road at night. Please don’t run snakes over they are just as biologically important as Cassowaries!

The Bloomfield Track is open to 4WDs only and has been completely graded. We recommend the use of low gear (low range if available on steep descents) The creek crossings are less than knee deep. Dust is bad on the road and lights should be used. The road is in the best condition now it ever gets to, enjoy!


Tides – are high mornings and low in the afternoon all week.

Even with many school holidays over tours and accommodation is still busy, and people should pre-book to avoid disappointment.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Floravilla Art Gallery Garden Restaurant

'Where the ambience of the rainforest meets decadent food'

Floravilla has a new chef, Roland Cruz who is introducing a new menu, and will be opening very soon for night dining specialising in healthy Mediterranean cuisine and also in Indian and Asian banquets.

"I always loved the old traditional way of presenting a meal for every body to share and enjoy, rather than just servin a miniaturised meal put on a large plate" said Roland.

For more information phone 4098 9100

Weekly report for 01/10/07 –07/10/07

Rainfall – The weekend has had fine weather, with blue skies but stronger winds. The week looks average, with forecasts for showers and straong winds, which may ease later in the week.The nights are still cool but the daytime temps are now getting up around 30 C. There has been markedly more reptile activity, with some beautiful pythons seen on Night Walks again this week. Dragon lizards are now starting to been seen during the day in the forest, and there is much more bird activity.

NORTH TROPICAL COAST AND TABLELANDS DISTRICT
Isolated showers becoming scattered later in the day. Moderate to fresh SE winds. Moderate to high fire danger.
Outlook for Tuesday ... Showers. Fresh SE winds.
Outlook for Wednesday ... Showers easing.

North Tropical Waters, Cooktown to Cardwell:
Monday until midnight: SE/E winds 15/20 knots south of Cairns, reaching 20/25 knots in the north. Seas to 2.2 metres outside the reef, and 1.4 metres inside the reef. Isolated showers.
Tuesday: SE winds 20/30 knots. Seas to 2.5 metres outside the reef, and 1.6 metres inside the reef. Scattered showers.
Wednesday: SE/E winds 15/20 knots, reaching 20/25 knots north of Cairns.

Roads – the road to Cape Trib is open with no flooding, there are minor delays at Thompson Creek just north of Coconut Beach due to roadworks. There is single lane section there with a give way sign for northbound traffic. The work here is nearly finished (finishing VERY slowly) and will mean that Thompson Creek rarely floods, even in heavy rain. Please be aware of increased snake activity on the road at night. Please don’t run snakes over they are just as biologically important as Cassowaries!

The Bloomfield Track is open to 4WDs only and has been completely graded. We recommend the use of low gear (low range if available on steep descents) The creek crossings are less than knee deep. Dust is bad on the road and lights should be used. The road is in the best condition now it ever gets to, enjoy!

Tides –The tides are low in the morning all week, tending to late morning by Friday, high in the afternoon, tending to late afternoon by Friday.

School holidays mean tours and accommodation will be busier, and people should pre-book to avoid disappointment.

Lawrence Mason

Manager
Mason's Tours Cape Tribulation
CMA 4
Cape Tribulation
Qld 4873
Phone 40980070 Int 61 7 40980070
Fax 40980026 Int 61 7 40980026
Mobile/Cell 0427012772
www.masonstours.com.au

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Ocean Spa opens at Coconut Beach Rainforest Lodge

A brand new day spa has opened on the Daintree Coast. Located on the shores of Coconut Beach, Ocean Spa is a joint venture between Ocean Hotels and Alexandra Rietmeyer and is a fantastic complement to the array of tours and activities available in the Cape Tribulation region.

The spa features Australian-owned and manufactured beauty product ‘organicspa’, which combines medicinal levels of certified organic plant extracts with 100% naturally derived ingredients, embodying the belief that ‘luxury can be provided through nature'.

Treatments include clay wraps, body scrubs, stone therapy, traditional beauty and much more - all from one of the world’s most stunning and unique destinations. The spa held its opening on Saturday September 22nd.

www.coconutbeachresort.com.au/spa/

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Shoo fly!

The crocodiles are being annoyed at this time of the year by March flies and they shake their heads around and use their front and back legs to shoo them off. They are so persistent that some are bleeding around the eyes and nostrils. The flies do not bother us on the boat but it does encourage the crocs to go under water.

It is beautiful weather for cruising on the river and there are some nice orchids flowering now.

David & Tyna White
http://www.solarwhisper.com
info@solarwhisper.com
Ph. 40987131
Mob. 0439 983 140
A/H 40 983 140

Monday, September 17, 2007

HAPPY REUNION



When dad cassowary became separated from his three (three-month-old) chicks the other evening, his distress was awful. He ran about bellowing for his young to respond, but as the light faded, things looked very grim.

Occasionally dingoes are seen with cassowary chicks in their mouths, but the concurrent loss of three chicks was quite puzzling.

It was with great relief, at around midday the following day that the reunited family paraded past our dwelling, stopping along the way to feast on fruit from the Alexandra Palm.

Local residents have been quite optimistic about the increased number of cassowary sightings this year. During July, while the blue quandong trees were fully loaded with fruit, three separate families were seen at the same time in the Cooper Creek area. In each case there were 3 chicks, but their ages ranged from about 2 months old, to 5 months to 8 months.

Tourists have been delighted with the parading of the fathers and their young. There were also 2 females, one male with no chicks and three immature birds in the area.

Numbers could be increasing, but we need to be cautious about this assumption. When the food disappears, cassowaries will not be seen so readily.

This week the father lost one chick, so now there are two.

Prue Hewett
Cooper Creek Wilderness
16 September 2007

Weekly report for 17/09/07 –24/09/07

Rainfall – The weekend has been excellent weather, with blue skies and moderate winds. It has been great to enjoy some sun and fantastic reef trip weather. The Kayaks and the Boats have been making the best of it! The good weather is forecast to continue for some time and we are now moving toward my favourite time of the year, with cool but not cold nights and warm days. Its great weather this week for Reef Trips and Kayaking yet again.

Warmer weather also means that nightwalk sightings are improving as reptiles become more active.

NORTH TROPICAL COAST AND TABLELANDS DISTRICT
Fine after some early morning fog patches. Light to moderate SE to E winds with
NE afternoon coastal sea breezes. A moderate to high fire danger.
Outlook for Tuesday ... Fine.
Outlook for Wednesday ... Fine.

North Tropical Waters, Cooktown to Cardwell:Monday until midnight: SE/E winds 10/15 knots. Afternoon NE seabreezes inshore. Seas to 1.2 metres outside the reef, and 0.8 metre inside the reef.
Tuesday: SE/E winds 10/15 knots. Afternoon NE seabreezes inshore. Seas to 1.2 metres outside the reef, and 0.8 metre inside the reef.
Wednesday: SE winds increasing to 15/20 knots.
Thursday: SE winds 15/20 knots, easing to 10/15 knots in the south.

Roads – the road to Cape Trib is open with no flooding, there are minor delays at Thompson Creek just north of Coconut Beach due to roadworks. There is single lane section there with a give way sign for northbound traffic. The work here is nearly finished and will mean that Thompson Creek rarely floods, even in heavy rain. Drivers need to be aware of cassowaries with many crossing the road at present, some males with chicks as well as increased snake activity on the road at night. Please don’t run snakes over they are just as biologically important as Cassowaries!

The Bloomfield Track is open to 4WDs only and has been virtually completely graded. We recommend the use of low gear (low range if available on steep descents) The creek crossings are less than knee deep. Dust is increasing on the road and lights should be used.

Tides –The tides are neap most of the week, with water ½ way up the beach, but from Friday on the pattern is early morning highs followed by midday lows.

The onset of school holidays mean tours and accommodation will be busier, and people should pre-book to avoid disappointment.

Lawrence Mason
Manager
Mason's Tours Cape Tribulation
CMA 4
Cape Tribulation
Qld 4873
Phone 40980070 Int 61 7 40980070
Fax 40980026 Int 61 7 40980026
Mobile/Cell 0427012772
www.masonstours.com.au

Monday, September 10, 2007

Weekly report for 10/09/07 –17/09/07

Rainfall – The weekend has excellent weather, with blue skies and light winds. It has been great to enjoy some sum and fantastic reek trip weather. The Kayaks and the Boats have been making the best of it! The good weather is forecast to continue for some time and we are now moving toward my favourite time of the year, with cool but not cold nights and warm days. It's great weather this week for Reef Trips and Kayaking.

NORTH TROPICAL COAST AND TABLELANDS DISTRICT
Fine apart from isolated early morning fog patches. Light SE winds before moderate E to NE sea breezes by early afternoon.
Outlook for Tuesday ... Fine apart from morning fogs.
Outlook for Wednesday ... Fine apart from morning fogs.

North Tropical Waters, Cooktown to Cardwell:
Monday until midnight: SE winds 10/15 knots. Lighter winds inshore early. Inshore afternoon seabreeze 15 knots. Seas to 1.2 metres outside the reef. Seas to 0.7 of a metre inside the reef.
Tuesday: SE winds 10/15 knots. Lighter winds inshore early. Inshore afternoon seabreeze 15 knots. Seas to 1.2 metres outside the reef. Seas to 0.7 of a metre inside the reef.
Wednesday: SE winds 10/15 knots.
Thursday: SE winds 10/15 knots.

Roads – the road to Cape Trib is open with no flooding, there are minor delays at Thompson Creek just north of Coconut Beach due to roadworks. There is a single lane section there with a give way sign for northbound traffic. The work here is nearly finished and will mean that Thompson Creek rarely floods, even in heavy rain. Drivers need to be aware of cassowaries with many crossing the road at present, some males with chicks as well as increased snake activity on the road at night. Please don’t run snakes over they are just as biologically important as Cassowaries!

The Bloomfield Track is open to 4WDs only and has been 3/4 graded. We recommend the use of low gear (low range if available on steep descents) The creek crossings are less than knee deep. Dust is increasing on the road and lights should be used.

Please slow down around road crews. The week previous a rented 4WD rolled after passing road crews at high speed. The road workers were less that impressed and called Police using one of out vehicle’s Satellite phones. Roadworkers usually wet the road surface to reduce dust and this can make it slippery, that’s one of the reasons speed limits are reduced where they are.

Tides – The tides are high in the morning and low in the afternoon most of the week, but tend to neaps on Saturday and Sunday. Even on the neaps, the tide is slightly higher in the morning. It’s a week for afternoon beach walks!

The area is a bit quieter at present but tours and accommodation still needs to be pre – booked to avoid disappointment. Next week looks busier for us. There are virtually no queues at the Ferry during peak times.

Lawrence Mason
Manager
Mason's Tours Cape Tribulation
CMA 4
Cape Tribulation
Qld 4873
Phone 40980070 Int 61 7 40980070
Fax 40980026 Int 61 7 40980026
Mobile/Cell 0427012772
www.masonstours.com.au

Crocodiles on the move as water warms up

It is warming up on the Daintree (water temp. 26deg.) and the Crocodile behaviour is changing.

The males are moving around more and patrolling their territory and the females are looking for suitable nesting sites.

The other day a second female turned up on the outside of “Pig Island” who hasn’t been their since last nesting season. On a very low tide we saw her moving along the bank looking for a crab or fish to eat and she was heading for our one and only juvenile croc from last year (due to cyclone Monica). When she was about 4m downwind of the little 1 ½ year old she submerged and looped out to approach it from the deep water. Then she kept on getting closer and closer with just her eyes and nostrils out and luckily junior noticed and took off up into the mangrove roots to safety.

David & Tyna White

http://www.solarwhisper.com
info@solarwhisper.com
Ph. 40987131
Mob. 0439 983 140
A/H 40 983 140

Monday, September 3, 2007

Mating Snakes on the Daintree River

Just about every morning this week, we have seen bundles of tree snakes together. There is usually one larger female putting out the pheromones and up to four or five males attracted to her at the same time. We zoomed in on one of the male’s head on the ‘Croc Cam’ and he had a huge yawn, so we guess he wasn’t the first one there, or maybe he was.

One morning ‘Elizabeth’ (2.5m croc) had a 3.5m dead python in her mouth, then ‘Fat Albert’ came along and stole it. He then left it and swam right around “Pig Island” and stole it off her a second time and the he spat it out and swam off again. The next day he was gone and she was lying next to the snake which was still intact. We think the crocs are still full from that cow about a month ago.

David & Tyna White

http://www.solarwhisper.cominfo@solarwhisper.com
Ph. 40987131
Mob. 0439 983 140
A/H 40 983 140

Weekly report for 02/09/07 –09/09/07

Rainfall – The weekend has been average weather, with some rain periods and fairly strong winds all week. Currently it is sunny but windy. The showers are forecast to continue, and while winds will moderate on Tuesday, they freshen again on Wednesday.

NO RAIN = NO RAINFOREST!

NORTH TROPICAL COAST AND TABLELANDS DISTRICT
Isolated showers about the coast. Morning showers southern Tablelands. Fine inland. Moderate southeast winds.
Outlook for Tuesday ... Isolated showers about the coast becoming scattered overnight with patchy rain areas.
Outlook for Wednesday ... Scattered showers about the coast and ranges,isolated inland. Patchy rain areas. Fresh southeast winds.
North Tropical Waters, Cooktown to Cardwell:
Monday until midnight: SE winds 15/20 knots. Seas to 1.7 metres outside the reef, 1.2 metres inside the reef. Isolated showers.
Tuesday: SE winds 10/15 knots reaching 15/20 knots over far northern waters. Seas 1.3 to 1.7 metres outside the reef, 1 to 1.2 metres inside the reef. Isolated showers.
Wednesday: SE winds 15/20 knots, freshening to 20/25 knots.
Thursday: SE winds 20/25 knots.

NOTE THAT THIS WEATHER APPLIES TO ALL AREAS AROUND CAIRNS NOT JUST US!!!

Roads – the road to Cape Trib is open with no flooding, there are minor delays at Thompson Creek just north of Coconut Beach due to roadworks. There is single lane section there with a give way sign for northbound traffic. The work here is nearly finished and will mean that Thompson Creek rarely floods, even in heavy rain.Drivers need to be aware of cassowaries with many crossing the road at present, some males with chicks as well as increased snake activity on the road at night. Please don’t run snakes over they are just as biologically important as Cassowaries!

The Bloomfield Track is open to 4WDs only and has been half graded. Graded sections are very slippery after rain and there have been some accidents attributed to high speed on wet roads. Drivers need to drive to the conditions to avoid accidents. We recommend the use of low gear (low range if available on steep descents) The creek crossings are less than knee deep. Trailers should not be taken on the road at present.

Please slow down around road crews. Last week a rented 4WD rolled after passing road crews at high speed. The road workers were less that impressed and called Police using one of out vehicle’s Satellite phones. Roadworkers usually wet the road surface to reduce dust and this can make it slippery, that’s one of the reasons speed limits are reduced where they are.

Tides – Early in the week the tides are lowish all day with highs late in the afternoon. The tides tend toward highs in the early morning/late evening from Thursday.

The area is a bit quieter at present but tours and accommodation still needs to be pre – booked to avoid disappointment. There are virtually no queues at the Ferry during peak times.

Lawrence Mason

Manager
Mason's Tours Cape Tribulation
CMA 4
Cape Tribulation
Qld 4873
Phone 40980070 Int 61 7 40980070
Fax 40980026 Int 61 7 40980026
Mobile/Cell 0427012772
www.masonstours.com.au

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Weekly report for 27/08/07 –02/09/07

Rainfall – The weekend has been average weather, with some rain periods. Currently it is overcast with showers.

This would seem to be forecast to continue for some days…as does the strong southeast winds.

The nightwalks have seen a bit more wildlife lately…the increase in temperature and humidity has improved sightings of reptiles and amphibians. The rainforest always looks better in the rain, and land based activities are largely unaffected by wind and rain.

NO RAIN = NO RAINFOREST!

NORTH TROPICAL COAST AND TABLELANDS DISTRICT
Isolated showers, scattered at first and again later this evening about the coast. Mild with cloudy periods and moderate to fresh southeast winds.
Outlook for Wednesday ... Isolated showers, scattered at times about the coast and ranges. Fresh southeast winds.
Outlook for Thursday ... Isolated showers, scattered at times about the coast and ranges. Fresh southeast winds.

North Tropical Waters, Cooktown to Cardwell:
Tuesday until midnight: SE winds 20/25 knots. Lighter S/SE winds inshore early. Seas to 2.2 metres outside the reef and to 1.4 metres inside the reef. Isolated showers.
Wednesday: SE winds 20/25 knots, increasing to 25/30 knots in the evening. Lighter S/SE winds inshore early. Seas 2.2 metres outside the reef, rising to 3 metres in the evening. Seas 1.3 metres inside the reef, rising to 1.6 metres in the evening. Scattered showers.
Thursday: SE winds 25/30 knots.
Friday: SE winds 20/30 knots.

NOTE THAT THIS WEATHER APPLIES TO ALL AREAS AROUND CAIRNS NOT JUST US!!!

Roads – the road to Cape Trib is open with no flooding, there are minor delays at Thompson Creek just north of Coconut Beach due to roadworks. There is single lane section there with a give way sign for northbound traffic. Drivers need to be aware of cassowaries with many crossing the road at present, some males with chicks as well as increased snake activity on the road at night. Please don’t run snakes over they are just as biologically important as Cassowaries!

The Bloomfield Track is open to 4WDs only and has been half graded. Graded sections are very slippery after rain. (The Cowie flats were like a skating rink Monday Afternoon). Cowie Range north side has boggy patches between the concrete sections which are challenging after rain, however the road crew has nearly reached this section. Drivers need to drive to the conditions to avoid accidents. We recommend the use of low gear (low range if available on steep descents) The creek crossings are less than knee deep. Trailers should not be taken on the road at present.

Tides – Early in the week the tides are high in the morning and low in the afternoon, with afternoons ideal for beach walks. The tides tend toward highs in the late morning /early afternoon on Saturday and Sunday.

The area is very busy at present and tours and accommodation needs to be pre – booked to avoid disappointment. There are small queues at the Ferry during peak times however the wait is rarely more than one ferry trip.

Lawrence Mason

Manager
Mason's Tours Cape Tribulation
CMA 4
Cape Tribulation
Qld 4873
Phone 40980070 Int 61 7 40980070
Fax 40980026 Int 61 7 40980026
Mobile/Cell 0427012772

www.masonstours.com.au

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Weekly report for 20/08/07 – 27/08/07

Rainfall – The weekend has been average weather, with some rain periods. Currently it is overcast with sunny patches. The forecast is for this to continue with a fine day Tuesday and an increase in showers by Wednesday as the trough moves onshore again.

There is a coastal wind warning current: It will be updated at http://www.bom.gov.au/weather/qld/ and you will need to check to see what happens….it looks as if winds will moderate later in the week, so this would seem to be the best time to visit the reef.

The nightwalks have seen a bit more wildlife lately…the increase in temperature and humidity has improved sightings of reptiles and amphibians. The rainforest always looks better in the rain, and land based activities are largely unaffected by wind and rain.

NO RAIN = NO RAINFOREST!

Coastal Waters Wind Warning
For Lockhart River to Cairns
Issued at 5:00 am EST on Monday 20 August 2007

Synoptic Situation
A firm ridge lies through central Queensland and along the east tropical coast. A weak trough over the central northern Coral Sea is expected to deepen slightly and move west during today.

Strong Wind Warning

Lockhart River to Cairns
Expect S/SE winds 25/30 knots. Seas rising 2.5 to 3 metres outside the reef, and to 1.8 metres inside the reef.

The next warning will be issued by 11 am AEST.

Please be aware - Wind gusts can be a further 40 percent stronger than the averages given here, and maximum waves may be up to twice the height.

NOTE THAT THIS WEATHER APPLIES TO ALL AREAS AROUND CAIRNS NOT JUST US!!!

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NORTH TROPICAL COAST AND TABLELANDS DISTRICT
Scattered coastal showers and isolated inland showers, clearing during the morning to a fine afternoon throughout. Mild with cloud generally decreasing and moderate southeast winds, fresh at times about the coast.
Outlook for Tuesday ... Fine throughout.
Outlook for Wednesday ... Isolated showers developing during the afternoon and
evening.

North Tropical Waters, Cooktown to Cardwell:
A strong wind warning is current for waters north of Cairns.
Monday until midnight: S/SE winds 25/30 knots north of Cairns, 20/25 knots south of Cairns. Seas 2.2 to 2.6 metres outside the reef and to 1.6 metres inside the reef. Light rain periods.
Tuesday: SE winds 20/25 knots south of Cairns. SE winds 25/30 knots north of Cairns, easing during the day to 20/25 knots. Seas 2.2 to 2.6 metres outside the reef and to 1.6 metres inside the reef. Light rain easing.
Wednesday: SE winds 20/25 knots, easing to 15/20 knots during the day.
Thursday: SE winds 15/20 knots, increasing to 20/25 knots during the afternoon.

Roads – the road to Cape Trib is open with no flooding, there are minor delays at Thompson Creek just north of Coconut Beach due to roadworks. There is single lane section there with a give way sign for northbound traffic. Drivers need to be aware of cassowaries with many crossing the road at present, some males with chicks.

The Bloomfield Track is open to 4WDs only and has been half graded. Graded sections are very slippery after rain. Cowie Range north side has boogy patches between the concrete sections which are challenging. Drivers need to drive to the conditions to avoid accidents. We recommend the use of low gear (low range if available on steep descents) The creek crossings are less than knee deep and Emmagen Creek is very loose and requires 4WD. Trailers should not be taken on the road at present.

Tides – Early in the week the tides are neap with very little movement at all, except a moderate high early evening. Later in the week there are moderate highs in the morning and lows early afternoon, perfect for beach walks. From Thursday the evening tides are quite high

The area is very busy at present and tours and accommodation needs to be pre – booked to avoid disappointment. There are small queues at the Ferry during peak times however the wait is rarely more than one ferry trip.

Cheers

Lawrence Mason

Manager, Mason's Tours Cape Tribulation

CMA 4,Cape Tribulation, Qld 4873
Phone 40980070 Int 61 7 40980070
Fax 40980026 Int 61 7 40980026
Mobile/Cell 0427012772
www.masonstours.com.au

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Weather, tides, road conditions 30/7 to 5/8/

Rainfall
The weekend has been great weather, but unfortunately on Sunday the wind picked up just as forecast. It is currently, fine, cool and blowing 25knots! The forecast is for this to continue with some decrease to wind after Tuesday and increased likelihood of showers later in the week

NORTH TROPICAL COAST AND TABLELANDS DISTRICT
Fine and sunny day. Moderate to fresh SE winds.
Outlook for Tuesday ... Fine morning with isolated coastal showers developing later. Isolated morning frosts possible on the Tablelands.
Outlook for Wednesday ... Isolated coastal showers, mostly fine inland.

Unfortunately there is a Wind Warning

Coastal Waters Wind Warning For Torres Strait to Cairns.Issued at 10:55 am EST on Monday 6 August 2007

Synoptic Situation
A large high over South Australia is moving steadily eastwards and will reach the northern Tasman Sea early Wednesday.

Strong Wind Warning Torres Strait to Cairns
Expect SE winds at 25/30 knots. These winds are expected to continue until late Tuesday. Seas will reach 3 metres outside the reef on an increasing SE swell. Seas will reach 1.7 metres inside the reef.

Please be aware wind gusts can be a further 40 percent stronger than the averages given here, and maximum waves may be up to twice the height.

Roads
The road to Cape Trib is open with no flooding, there are minor delays at Thompson Creek just north of Coconut Beach due to roadworks. There is single lane section there with a give way sign for northbound traffic. Drivers need to be aware of cassowaries with many crossing the road at present, some males with chicks.

The Bloomfield Track is open to 4WDs only and has been half graded. Graded sections can be very slippery after rain. The creek crossings are less than knee deep and Emmagen Creek is very loose and requires 4WD. The dust is bad in places and we recommend the use of lights. Drivers need to drive to the conditions with one accident already this week, probably due to traveling too fast on a recently graded road.

Tides
Until Saturday the tides are low around midday, and high early morning and evening. On Saturday and Sunday the tides are low early afternoon and high in the morning and later evening

Traffic

The area is very busy at present and tours and accommodation needs to be pre – booked to avoid disappointment. There are small queues at the Ferry during peak times

Cheers

Lawrence Mason, Manager, Mason's Tours Cape Tribulation
CMA 4, Cape Tribulation, Qld 4873
Phone 40980070 Int 61 7 40980070 Fax 40980026 Int 61 7 40980026
Mobile/Cell 0427012772
http://www.masonstours.com.au

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Tropical Fruit in Season

What fruit are we picking at the moment?
Yellow Mangosteens
Soursops
Abiu
Mamey Sapote
Rollinia
Black Sapote
Carambola
Pommelo
West Indian Limes

What is flowering?
Jaboticabas
Malay Roseapple
Matisia - see the photo below

For more information visit Cape Trib Exotic Fruit Farm
Alison Gotts
Cape Trib Exotic Fruit Farm

Friday, July 27, 2007

Cape Trib Information Centre - News Update

Rainfall – we have had about 30mm in the last week, forecast is that the weekend will be fine with 10 to 15 knot winds

Roads – the road to Cape Trib is open with no flooding, there are minor delays at Thompson Creek just north of Coconut Beach due to roadworks. There is single lane section there with a give way sign for northbound traffic.

The Bloomfield Track is open to 4WDs only and has been partially graded. Graded sections can be very slippery after rain. The creek crossings are less than knee deep and Emmagen Creek is very loose and requires 4WD

Tides – the high tides are ¾ of the way up the beach and occurring early to mid morning. Lows are very low and occurring early afternoon.

The area is very busy at present and tours and accommodation needs to be pre – booked to avoid disappointment. There are small queues at the Ferry during peak times

Lawrence Mason
Manager,Mason's Tours Cape Tribulation
CMA 4,Cape Tribulation, Qld 4873
Phone 40980070 Int 61 7 40980070
Fax 40980026 Int 61 7 40980026
Mobile/Cell 0427012772
www.masonstours.com.au

Monday, July 23, 2007

High Impact - First Impressions

Watch the video to get a taste of what you can do in the region. Daintree Cape Tribulation Tourism Association members give a memorable welcome to 70 delegates as they arrived at the Visitor Information Centre Conference held at Cape Tribulation on April 19, 2007.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Are crocodiles stupid?

Crocodiles do have a very small brain, but we often see examples of their cleverness. Over the last couple of days, however, ‘Scarface’ has done some dumb things. When the shade caught up with his favourite sunbaking spot he slid down the bank towards the water and got his bottom jaw stuck under a mangrove root and then he had to slide around sideways and arch his back and eventually shook his head free. He slunk off under a tree looking a bit embarrassed. It could be explained away as an unfortunate accident but the very next day he did exactly the same thing.

David & Tyna White

http://www.solarwhisper.com

Monday, July 9, 2007

Rare sighting of Bennett'sTree Kangaroo


Great excitement at Jungle Surfing yesterday, when we spotted a tree kangaroo in the forest just behind the harnessing centre and office. It was powerfully muscled, and treated us to an impressive climbing display before bounding off into the forest.

We spotted it around 4.30pm, so there wasn't much light left but we got a few shots.

Sheena
Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours
Phone: +61 7 4098 0043
Fax: +61 7 4098 0065
www.junglesurfing.com.au

Saturday, July 7, 2007

Cold nights makes great croc spotting

The very cold nights and nice sunny days have been excellent for croc spotting. Every day we have had plenty of crocs high and dry catching up on their sun baking. It is a very pleasant time to be cruising on the Daintree with plenty of bird life, crocs and other wildlife and great views of the surrounding mountains and mangroves.

David and Tyna White
Solar whisper

Sunday, July 1, 2007

Tour operators join forces to offer Aboriginal stories


Cape Tribulation's long established tour operator Mason's Tours has joined with Wujal Wujal's indigenous family business Walker Fmily Tours to offer an Aboriginal guided walk at Bloomfield Falls.


Lawrence Mason said the Walkers would conduct the 30 minute walk and talk to the falls on both half and full day 4WD tours operated by Masons. "The Bloomfield Falls, after which Wujal Wujal is named, is a place of great significance to the area's traditional owners," said Lawrence Mason.


"The Walker women explain their connection to the land and bring guests inside a living culture in a very unique way. "We are extremely happy to be working with the Walker family and believe this gives us the oppprtunity to now offer the best possible experience to our visitors." The Walker Family Tours section of the 4WD tour will include a morning or afternoon tea.


The Bloomfield Falls is a pristine, 40m waterfall surrounded by lush, World Heritage listed rainforest.


Mason's Tours operates from Cape Tribulation or Cow Bay and has recently added a third 4WD vehicle to their fleet to cope with demand during the 2007 peka tourism season.

Friday, June 29, 2007

Full moon and a live band at the beach house

Live music tomorrow night - Saturday 30th June at Cape Trib Beach House - we have our local favourites The Coils playing. Why not come down and check them out and have a walk down the beach - it's full moon!!

Jungle Lodge Tent Cabins Now Open

Jungle Lodge offers the best of both worlds, a relaxed, peaceful and friendly atmosphere in a lush tropical garden setting with guests swimming pool and bbq area. The lodge is located right in the heart of Cape Tribulation, with the beach, store, boardwalks, restaurants and bars all within a few minutes walk.

Powered Camp Sites - Campers, Campervans and Caravans welcome.
Powered Tents Cabins - tent Cabins are set in a lush tropical setting, they sleep two people.
Powered Camp Sites $30 per night.
Powered Tent Cabin $40 per night.

Bookings and Check in from Ferntree Rainforest Lodge, Phone 4098 0000

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Daintree Discovery Centre reaches one million visitors

Kath and Max Love from Yass in NSW were surprised by all the attention when they visited the Daintree Discovery Centre. But they soon learned they had taken the centre's visitor numbers across the one million mark. Presenting Mr and Mrs Love with a personalised tour of the centre, a copy of Fruits of the Forest book by Bill Cooper and a basket of goodies, with a value in excess of $1000, centre owners Pam and Ron Birket expressed their joy at reaching their landmark.

"We're so excited to have reached one million visitors," Mr Birkett said. "This is a fairly good milestone to have achieved."

One of the drawcards of the centre is the 24m high canopy tower, the only one of its kind in Australia.

Reducing the carbon footprint

Daintree Discovery Centre have launched a new venture: a community based Carbon Offset/Bio-Sequestration Project. The project not only measures the Centre’s carbon footprint but allows it to develop strategies to minimize Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions. Carbon offsetting involves calculating GHG emissions and developing strategies to avoid, reduce and finally offset CO2 emissions via revegetation of degraded rainforests. For more information on the DDC’s initiative go to www.daintree-rec.com.au

Monday, June 11, 2007

Pulses race as crocodile charges

Last Friday was a very cold day on the river and most of the crocs stayed in the water. Since then the weather has been great for them to catch up on their lost sunbaking time.

Fat Albert (5m male croc) has been around quite a lot lately and on Saturday he gave us a reminder that he is the boss. After lying still all day he was swimming down a creek towards us and he stopped up against the bank. While we were looking at him a snake dropped out of the tree behind us and started swimming across the creek, so we backed up to look at it. Fat Albert was either interested in the snake or we got in his way, but we looked back and he was charging straight towards us. We accelerated and he flicked downstream about a metre away. He could not do anything to the boat but it sure got everyone’s’ pulses racing.

From David White, Solar Whisper Wildlife Cruises
http://www.solarwhisper.com

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Rare bird sighting by French backpacker

For only the 5th time in history a Glossy Swiflet has been seen in Australian territory. Earlier this year the Birds Australia Rarities Committee accepted Jean-Florent Mandelbaum's submission of a Glossy Swiflet seen at Daintree last year: http://users.bigpond.net.au:80/palliser/barc/SUMM500.htm

Jean-Florent visited Daintree in August of 2006. He stayed at Crocodylus and came out on our dawn river tour. To pluck out a swift as a new bird is no mean feat. Swifts don't perch like swallows or martins and the identification needs to be made on the wing. Jean-Florent did this from Stewart Creek Road overlooking the Daintree River where he found the Glossy Swiflet in amongst hundreds of our local White-rumped Swiftlets. But then Jean-Florent is no normal backpacker. He speaks 4 languages, plays the violin professionally, is a law, business & economics graduate, tutors English, maths & economics, has co-written the "Birds of Paris" field guide to be published next year and is the president of the local rowing club. Jean-Florent turns 24 in November.

Chris Dahlberg
http://www.daintree.info/

Ocean Rafting for Cape Trib

As of 1st November 2007 – Ocean Rafting will be introduced into the marine sector of the Ocean Hotels Cape Tribulation Resorts.

Ocean Rafting will be a ½ day safari with snorkelling, adventure and ultimate fun. Ocean Rafting also encompasses and focuses on participation and education, appealing to the adventurous and the young at heart.

The Ocean Hotels Vessel Odyssey H20 will run as per normal until November.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

The frog on the croc!

Daintree River Snippet from Solar Whisper

On one of the warmer days a 3m female croc came up on the bank to warm up and she bumped a hanging piece of rattan (wait a while) and a small White Lipped Green Tree Frog dropped onto her head! It nestled up beside her and stayed there for a couple of hours even though the croc moved around warming up one side then the other.

Scent of the paperbark flowers

As you walk down to Myall beach, the sweet honey smell of the paperbark flowers wafts around you. It follows you all the way down to the beach through the mangrove boardwalk. A wonderful scent and a special time of the year.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Daintre Ferry and low tides

A note from the Douglas Shire Council
This is to advise that due to low tides the ferry service across the> Daintree River may be delayed between the hours of 2.00pm and 5.00pm on Tuesday 15th, Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th May 2007

Monday, May 7, 2007

Solar Whisper Daintree River Report # 202

Scarface and one of his croc girlfriends have now finished digesting their big Grouper and have disappeared into their respective creeks. There have been two other adult females out and the huge Fat Albert has made a few appearances along with all the reliable juveniles. There have been quite a few tree snakes out and the rain brought out one python. As it gets cooler we are seeing more Sacred Kingfishers and other winter birds like Rainbow Bee-eaters and the secretive Nankeen Night Heron.

David and Tyna White
http://www.solarwhisper.com
info@solarwhisper.com

Saturday, May 5, 2007

Odyssey H2O running again

After a few months out of the water being overhauled, there are now 2 dive boats operating from Cape Trib Beach out to the Great Barrier Reef - Rumrunner and Odyssey. The boats visit eith Undine Reef or Mackay Reef - less than one hour offshore, and there are no other boats. A very personal and enjoyable experience. You get 5 hours of snorkelling/diving in to your day

Fresh tropical fruit for sale


Freshly picked rambutans are available at the Cape Trib Farmstay, just past PKs on the left at Cape Trib. Colin and Dawn have been picking and packing rambutans for the Sydney markets. They have a roadside sign at the front gate - Tropical Fruit for Sale - drive in! Bags of rambutans at $2 a bag are very good value and a wonderful tropical fruit to snack on - like a hairy lychee. The season will only last a few more weeks.

Lace monitor joins picnickers for lunch

The large goannas or lace monitors that roam Kulki - the Cape Trib Beach picnic area are now associating people with food and are demanding lunch even if they havent been invited. Several visitors have abandoned their food and fled. So please dont feed the wildlife.

Friday, May 4, 2007

New restaurant - bar opens at Cape Trib

Whet Restaurant and Bar opened last week. It is on the main road just before Dubuji. A wide choice of entrees, mains and desserts. Local produce such as breadfruit, is a feature on the menu. You can drop in for a drink, relax in the leather lounges or dine on the verandah under the huge shade sail with a rainforest backdrop.

This increases the choices for eating out at Cape Trib - now 7 places within 2 km: Whet, Dragonfly Cafe Gallery, Cassowary for pizza and pasta, Beach House, The Cape and backpacker food at PKs and the takeaway at Masons Shop