Sunday, November 11, 2007

Weeekly Report Daintree Coast 12 - 18 Nov 07

Congratulations to The Daintree Discovery Centre for winning The ‘Steve Irwin Ecotourism Award’ at last weekend’s Qld Tourism Awards!!!

The weather this weekend has been good, but there were some isolated showers, and 13mm of rain fell in the last 24hrs. This has been great as it has greened everything up and energized the wildlife. The sea was reasonably calm again, but the wind has now picked up quite a bit.

Reptiles are now fully active, with Boyds Dragons, Water Dragons and Snakes seen often day and night. Any sign of rain sees frogs out, and birds are nesting everywhere. Lace Monitors are wandering around the campgrounds and across the roads, and the Crocs are feeling frisky! Cassowaries with chicks are also being seen. Last night some nightwalkers had a great view of a croc in Myall Creek.
NORTH TROPICAL COAST AND TABLELANDS DISTRICTScattered showers about the coast and ranges mainly morning and at night. Mainlyfine inland. Fresh SE winds. A moderate to high fire danger.Outlook for Tuesday ... Scattered showers about the coast and ranges tendingisolated inland. Fresh SE winds Outlook for Wednesday ... Scattered showers about the coast and ranges tendingisolated inland. Fresh SE winds.

North Tropical Waters, Cooktown to Cardwell:A strong wind warning is current.Monday until midnight: SE winds 20/25 knots increasing to 20/30 knots during the day. Seas rising to 3 metres outside the reef and to 1.7 metres inside the reef. Scattered showers.Tuesday: SE winds 20/30 knots. Seas to 3 metres outside the reef and to 1.7 metres inside the reef. Showers. Wednesday: SE winds 20/30 knots decreasing to 20/25 knots south of Cairns.

Roads – the road to Cape Trib is open with no flooding. Thompson Creek Causeway is now complete, and both lanes are open. This has significantly improved access around Cape Tribulation and the big queues at this crossing in the wet season will now be a thing of the past. Only one more to go, Cooper Creek! Please be aware of increased snake and frog activity on the road at night. Please don’t run snakes over they are just as biologically important as Cassowaries (or frogs)! Also be aware of forest dragons on the road, as they are in nesting season. They tend to lay eggs in openings in the forest, and roadside verges are ideal. In the days of graded dirt roads, many nests were destroyed as grading was carried out, and the drains were reopened, of course this was the very spot the Boyd’s had decided to lay eggs!

The Bloomfield Track is open to 4WDs only and is in good condition. Some potholes are developing. We recommend the use of low gear (low range if available on steep descents) The creek crossings are less than knee deep. Dust is bad on the road and lights should be used. If significant rain falls on the road this week, the bulldust will turn to mud and the road may become extremely slippery.

Tides – are high early morning, low early to mid afternoon on Monday and Tuesday, then high midday Wed and the highs slip quickly down through the afternoon to Sunday. Wednesday and Thursday have only two tides so movement will be slow.

Although the accommodation houses are not as busy, we still recommend pre booking