There’s no such thing as green sea­son blues

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Scott Tib­balls

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.”

Pic­ture: ROD DAVID­SON

Borzi Rd, Shan­non­vale, at the height of the week­end’s del­uge

Zi­plin­ing over a creek at Cape Tribu­la­tion

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