[note note_color=”#f3f3ef”]WET TROPICS FAST FACTS[/note]
- It covers an area of 894,420 hectares between Townsville and Cooktown.
- Some plant and animal species have existed here for over 100 million years.
- This is the oldest continually surviving rainforest on earth.
- Twelve of the world’s nineteen families of primitive flowering plants occur in the wet tropics.
- Over 2,800 different plant species are found here with over 700 unique to this area.
- The Wet Tropics World Heritage Area covers less than 0.01% of Australia but is home to: 30% of its marsupial species, 60% of its butterflies, 50% of its bats, 30% of its frogs, 23% of its reptiles, and over 40% of its birds. Many of these species are endemic to this region.
- There are more than 20 Aboriginal tribal groups with ongoing traditional connections to the land in this area.
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While showcasing our region’s stunning natural environment to visitors on our Cairns daytrips, Wait-a-While Rainforest Tour’s mission is also to educate visitors about the importance of preserving this Wet Tropics ecosystem.