Tropical Rainforests: A living asset for us all

Tropical Rainforests are a precious natural resource. Whilst they only account for approximately 6% of the Earth's total surface, they are home to an amazing diversity of fauna and flora, much of which is not found anywhere else.

Tropical Rainforests are a living asset for us all, they:

  • Provide homes to more than 50% of the Earth's species
  • Are a living museum of what the Earth's vegetation used to look like, 50-100 million years ago
  • Provide inspiration and excitement to millions of visitors every year
  • Purify our water and clean our air
  • Represent a biological treasure chest of chemicals and genes that could provide important drugs and industrial compounds for future generations

Australia's World Heritage listed Tropical Rainforests

Australia's Tropical Rainforests occupy a small coastal strip in North Queensland, stretching between Cooktown and Townsville. They cover approximately 900,000 hectares of land, accounting for 0.1% of our country's total land mass.

They were World Heritage listed in 1988 and are home to:

  • 29% of Australia's frog species
  • 36% of Australia's mammal species
  • 50% of Australia's bird species
  • 41% of Australia's freshwater fish species
  • 60% of Australia's butterfly species
  • 23% of Australia's reptile species
  • 65% of Australia's fern species
  • 30% of Australia's orchid species

Did you know the Wet Tropics are home to 678 plants found nowhere else in the world?

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway: Nature Diary

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, operating in the Barron Gorge National Park, a part of the Wet Tropics of Queensland World Heritage Area, produces a monthly Nature Diary. This explores the plants and animals of the Wet Tropics Rainforests, looking at seasonally relevant topics and news. For more information, please visit Skyrail's Nature Diary.