Wet Tropics Wild Talks and events ramp up

May and June were busy months for the Authority as we continued to deliver our Wild Talks and Wild Exposure series.

Wild Exposure Hike 'n' Bike

In collaboration with Cairns Regional Council, Cairns Botanic Gardens and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service we constructed the Hike 'n' Bike Wild Exposure display at the Cairns Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre. The aim of the display is to highlight the opportunities and inspire the community to get out and about in the Cairns region. A new brochure which provides a taste of the region's walks and cycling trails is available at the display, along with other information. A large map erected at the Visitor Centre provides easy identification and orientation of these trails. Hike 'n' Bike Wild Exposure remains on display until 8 July.



A community bike ride was held on 12 June in collaboration with Cairns Regional Council. Despite competition from the Ironman event and the downpour of rain, we had some dedicated bike riders join us for a very pleasant ride along some of Cairns’ lesser-known bike tracks.

A 7km guided walk along the green, red and blue arrow walk on 26 June also served to demonstrate just how lucky we are to have such natural assets at our door step to enjoy.




Wild Talks and Wild Discoveries

Coinciding with the opening of Hike 'n' Bike Wild Exposure, the Authority hosted presentations by our own Terry Carmichael about hidden landscapes in the Wet Tropics and another by Paul Curtis on Wet Tropics walks where he combined both of his passions: hiking and photography.

On 23 April the Authority collaborated with CAFNEC to hold the first Wild Discoveries talk, ‘Sea to Summit’, where Hidetoshi ‘Mikey’ Kudo (local Japanese-born naturalist specialising in mangroves) shared his story about the discovers of two mangrove species—one of them being a new discovery and critically endangered. Paul Fisk presented on the changes in shorebird numbers and habitat that have occurred in Trinity Inlet since 1988. Professor Darren Crayn, Director of the Australian Tropical Herbarium at JCU, explored the unique plant life of the Wet Tropics mountains and shared with us the discoveries recently made in this little known and globally significant ecosystem.

On 4 June the Authority held Wild Talks titled ‘Under the Canopy Part 1’ which featured a Welcome to Country and presentation by Traditional Owner Gimuy Walaburra Yidinji Elder, Gudju Gudju, on the cultural significance of Wet Tropics wildlife from the perspective of the Gimuy Walaburra Yidinji’s people. Roger Martin presented a dynamic and stimulating presentation on tree-kangaroos while Alberto Vale from Wildcam provided the premier showing of his film 'Quolls: Fast and Furious'. The large turn-out of participants were enthralled to learn about the significance and lives of our Wet Tropics wildlife.


The next Wild Talks event, ‘Under the Canopy Part 2’, is scheduled for 13 August and will feature presentations about our iconic cassowary. Also look out for our Eco-Art display at the Cairns Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre in August and September as we feature some of the artistic talents of our schools demonstrating how we need to protect the Wet Tropics.  


Wet Tropics Wild Talks is a series of events happening quarterly at the Cairns Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre as part of the Wet Tropics Management Authority’s efforts to bring the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area into the hearts and minds of the community. The talks are designed to encourage everyone to discover and enjoy the outstanding qualities of the area.



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Wet Tropics Wild Talks and events ramp up

Published: 01st Jul 2016

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