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Tropical Northern Heritage

The land clearing of early settlers and timber cutters means we have to do quite a bit of travelling to see real rainforests. But maybe this judgement on our forerunner generations is a little harsh. Continental drift and the gradual drying out of the Australian continent have been a progression over 200 million years from when Gondwanaland was South America, Africa and Australia combined.

Some admiration for current generations comes with the adding to World Heritage List on 9 December 1988 of the Daintree Rainforest, the world's oldest rainforest covering 1200 square kilometres and a short drive 2000 km north of Sydney. This acheivement came after much political activism from conservationists and the alignment of Queensland and Commonwealth governments on the issue after the defeat of the Queensland Bjelke Petersen lead government. It was originally named in 1873 after a geologist Richard Daintree who at that time was Agent General for Queensland. The Daintree Rainforest contains 30% of frog, marsupial and reptile species in Australia, and 65% of Australia's bat and butterfly species. 20% of bird species in the country can be found in this area.

Posted Tuesday, 12 August 2003


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