There’s no such thing as green season blues
THERE’S plenty of sights in the tropics over the wet season – after all it’s when the environment comes into its own.
Usually tourism slows in the green season, with the domestic market taking time away from the tropics, preferring to bake in the dry heat of the south.
But according to Tourism Port Douglas Daintree executive officer Tara Bennett, at this time of year the tropics can really “shine”.
“There are fantastic opportunities to explore the rainforest – this time of year we start to see more waterfalls coming through as the creeks swell,” said Ms Bennett.
“Even a simple trip along the Great Barrier Reef Drive down to Cairns, you’ve got fantastic opportunities to see waterfalls.”
Don’t just meander around though – there are plenty of tours and activities available – Jungle Surfing at Cape Tribulation is just one example.
“What a fantastic time to go zip lining through the rainforest,” said Ms Bennett.
According to Jungle Surfing’s marketing manager Georgie Sadler, the rainforest during the green season “is a huge eye-opener to many visitors, although they often start out worried about getting wet!
“Once they realise our rain is warm and invigorating and that the forest is just bursting with life, they often surprise themselves and have a ball, knowing how lucky they are to witness this incredible phenomenon,” said Ms Sadler.
“They’re actually getting to see the rainforest at its most spectacular and there are two zip line spans on our tour that go across a beautiful creek, which never looks better than when it’s pumping.”
Some businesses do close during this time of year, but Ms Bennett stressed that there was still plenty to do.
The tourism market this time of year is mostly international visitors because domestic tourists head back to school or stay home because of the hot and humid weather.
“It’s a little bit of a fallacy that it’s too hot up here – it’s too hot in many parts of Australia. That is why this time of year there’s more international visitors because they come to Australia expecting it to be sunny and hot, and we can certainly deliver on that.”
And the reef can’t be forgot- ten. “Quite often in February and March we have some of the best visibility on the reef that you’ll see.”
Borzi Rd, Shannonvale, at the height of the weekend’s deluge
Ziplining over a creek at Cape Tribulation