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Walking Through the Rainforest on the Tamborine Skywalk

16 Sep

Today’s excursion was to the Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk.

We had bigger plans scheduled for today but we just couldn’t drag ourselves out of bed early enough to do them.  Maybe next week.  So in the afternoon we piled into the car for a less involved excursion.

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A nice quiet walk through the rainforest was what we needed.

The Skywalk is a walk through the canopy of the rainforest…or at least that’s what it’s marketed as.

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You pay your admission – that’ll be $47 you’ll be parting with for a family – and leave from the Cafe.

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There’s a very limited information room before you head out onto the Skywalk

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displaying some of the creatures you might meet on your walk.

You can’t imagine how pleased I was to NOT meet Mr Tarantula on MY walk!!!

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As you walk along the Skywalk it gently sways underfoot.

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The open grating of the walkway might not appeal to those who have height phobias.

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But it didn’t deter us at all.  The drive up the mountain was worse…or so I thought.

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We took our time on the walk and we’re awfully glad we did…for two reasons.

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Firstly, there is over 300 metres of Skywalk, which sounds like an awful lot, but it is finished before you know it

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and then the rest of the 1.5 km walk is the same as you’ll find on any free walking track.

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The second reason we took our time is that you see more wildlife if you are quiet and spend the time looking and listening.

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We saw a little tree snake slithering up a tree.

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Can you see him hiding in the branches here?

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We watched a mother bird feeding her hungry baby nesting in the hollow of a tree.

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We watched this monster of a python crossing the walking track…which is when we really wished there was more Skywalking and less forest floor…if you know what I mean!!
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And we watched this little bird rustling around in the leaf litter.

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Oh yes and this little bunyip on a rock.  Cute isn’t he.

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It was a very nice rainforest walk, considering it should have been littered with jewels and gold nuggets considering the exorbitant price.

Before we left home the boys read “Nature’s Green Umbrella” by Gail Gibbons and watched a Brainpop video about rainforests.

Along the way we talked about the layers of a rainforest and we had the boys locate some buttress roots,

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vines and lianas,

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strangler figs,

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and epiphytes.

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Walking through the rainforest is a great way to learn about it.

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But I wouldn’t recommend paying $47 for the pleasure of something you can do for free in plenty of other places.

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3 Comments

Posted by on September 16, 2011 in Field Trips, Geography, Science

 

3 responses to “Walking Through the Rainforest on the Tamborine Skywalk

  1. Jen in NSW

    September 16, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    My dh has a friend in Beaudesert who we are meeting at Canungra sometime while we are there. This would have been on our route, so I was glad to see your review. We won’t bother stopping. It does seem a bit expensive.

    Great to see so much wild life though.

    It looks like your holidays have been very busy. You will be glad to get back to school work.

    Best wishes
    Jen in NSW

     
  2. Elsa

    September 17, 2011 at 8:24 am

    Loving ALL of your field trip reviews Tracey. Thank you!

     
  3. Tracey

    September 17, 2011 at 9:51 am

    There’s a lot of free walking tracks up there. We might do some of those later in our holidays. But yes we are almost desperate to get back to our quiet school days. Oh to stay home…bliss. Hehehehe. We’re staying home today and half of us still have our pjs on and it’s 10am and we’re just having breakfast. Double bliss.

     

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