Monday, June 29, 2009

Mason's Store and Cafe Opening Times

Masons Store

New Opening Times

From Wednesday 01 July 2009

9:30am to 7pm

Takings in the early morning do not justify
opening early at this point.

Mason’s CafĂ©

Open daily

10:00am to 5pm

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Who is looking at who?

This White Lipped Green Tree Frog was discovered recently on a Mason's Nightwalk. At times it was hard to work out who was the spectator as the frog moved its head from side to side, checking out the walkers. Everyone was able to get fantastic shots, and this specimen was a really bright green.
White Lipped Green Tree Frogs can be seen any time of year, but are easier to spot in the green season, when they migrate to castal swamps at Cape Tribulation and breed in their thousands. The croaking sound like aboriginal clicking sticks from a distance.
Mason's nightwalks are on real jungle trails, with boardwalks or concrete paths. It is real jungle all the way. The guide carries a spotlight and all guests are given rechargeable flashlights.
Why not try the excitement of a Mason's Nightwalk when you come to the Daintree?

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Jungle Surfing Awarded Advanced Eco Certification

Jungle Adventures Cape Trib are proud to announce that their products Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours & Jungle Adventures Nightwalks have been awarded Advanced ecotourism level Certification under the ECO Certification Program through Ecotourism Australia. Through a rigorous assessment process, Ecotourism Australia awards this prestigious certification to “Australia's leading and most innovative ecotourism products, providing an opportunity to learn about the environment with an operator who is committed to achieving best practice when using resources wisely, contributing to the conservation of the environment and helping local communities”.

Jungle Surfing and Jungle Adventures Nightwalks take visitors flying through the rainforest canopy by day and along the bustling forest floor at night. “Our team are passionate about our unique environment and we all recognise that our livelihood and the future protection of the Daintree depends on conservation and sustainability” said General Manager Sheena Walshaw. “So we’re absolutely committed to achieving best practice in environmental, social and economic responsibility.”

“Travellers today are looking for assurance that their great experiences don’t come at the environment’s expense, and so they should. The ECO Certification Program provides that assurance, and we’re really proud to have achieved the Advanced level Certification. It’s not an easy process, but it’s great to know ‐ and for our customers to know ‐ that we’re doing the right thing for the future of the planet.”

The definition of ecotourism adopted by Ecotourism Australia is: "Ecotourism is ecologically sustainable tourism with a primary focus on experiencing natural areas that fosters environmental and cultural understanding, appreciation and conservation". The ECO Certification logo means that you are guaranteed to experience a genuine and authentic tour, attraction or accommodation that looks after the environment. The ECO Certification program assures you that certified products are backed by a commitment to sustainable practices and provides high quality nature‐based tourism experiences.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

New Rainforest Experience in the Daintree

Finally, a rainforest experience that showcases the best of the world's oldest surviving rainforest - without modification! Travelers to tropical north Queensland are directed into a variety of 'Daintree Rainforests' featuring artificial structures including boardwalks, vehicle-based tours, bike-riding, horse-riding, bunjy-jumping, parachuting, hang-gliding, zip-lining, cable-gondolas ... the choices are incredible. But the greatest difficulty would seem to be the getting into pristine rainforest without any gimmickry at all.

Genuine old-growth rainforest, spectacular in its grandeur is presented not through the construction and maintenance of a formal trail network, but rather through the knowledge and memory of the inhabitant guide.

Over twelve months of familiarisation has brought a new concept of a longer, more intensive guided tour to fruition. So far, perhaps only a dozen small groups having undertaken the experience by day, and a mere four single bookings at night. The rewards are quite clearly beyond those that have become so familiar to us from our formal network of presentation trails. Unadulterated wilderness has been particularly gratifying for a determined minority of travellers.

At about the halfway point in the experience, a rather tricky creek crossing requires the concentration of the party to descend a 10-metre embankment down a steep decline. Much thought will need to be given to this aspect of the experience, but in the meantime a somewhat precautionary scramble has to suffice.

Interested persons, wanting to experience this spectacular and inspirational rainforest should contact Cooper Creek Wilderness for more information or to lodge an expression of interest through our booking page.