Exploring Queensland: Tamborine Mountain
With 210 types of trees, 75 species of vine and 26 different orchids growing in the rainforest, you could play I Spy all day at the Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk.
A 300 metre steel bridge beginning at the Eco Gallery winds through the forest canopy; the tops of the tall piccabeen palms are almost within reach.
Staghorns and elkhorns competing for sunlight cling to the trunks of the tallest trees. King orchids also use the trees as hosts. They are the largest orchids in the forest with each long spike covered in masses of tiny flowers.
Dense vine thickets monopolise the understorey, creating a tangled mess of stems and a green overcoat on the trees above.
On the forest floor the buttress roots of giant strangler figs dwarf the small walking stick palms. With their host trees long ago rotted away, the figs are the strongest and tallest plants in the forest.
An abundance of tiny creatures live in and around Cedar Creek but they’re shy and not always easy to spot. Freshwater turtles, shrimps and eels hide under the rocks while water striders, water beetles and fishing spiders hunt their prey in the water.
It’s much easier to spot the forest animals on this beautiful hand carved bench.
The green hues of the forest are complemented by splashes of bright colour. Bottlebrush trees are loaded with crimson blossoms.
And if you’re lucky a pale yellow robin will join in your game of I Spy.
Joining Jo for Monday Walks