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Rose Gums Retreat
Rose Gums Wilderness Retreat is a unique nature lover's paradise. Stay in a treehouse featuring spectacular mountain or rainforest views.


*Spa Bath
*Wood burning fireplace
*Walking tracks
*Rainforest creeks
*Abundant wildlife
FROM $240 Per Night
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Based on studio treehouse
Stay between now and 30/June/2019

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Tablelands Tourism News

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Baby cassowaries at The Canopy Tui returns with two new chicks! 
Tui the cassowary has returned to The Canopy with two baby chicks. Tui calls our rainforest home, and his annual return is always a very special occasion for us. The two new chicks help make up a population of less than 1,500 cassowaries believed to exist in the wild.
The cassowary is a very special bird essential to the biodiversity of the Wet Tropics rainforest, so we are very proud of Tui's efforts to maintain their population.

Tui has been a regular visitor at The Canopy since February 1991. He wandered in as a sub-adult, (probably about 18 months old and brown in colour) and has made this rainforest his primary home ever since. Although he goes walk-about for a few months during the mating season from May to December, he always returns here to bring up his chicks.

Male Cassowaries raise the young with the female leaving as soon as the eggs are laid. The males will sit on the eggs for 50 days and will then care for the chicks for around 10 months.

It is believed Tui heads to the Wooroonoonan National Park region to find his mate and nest, and will walk the newly hatched chicks back to our rainforest as soon as they are strong enough.

Cassowaries have a reputation of being very dangerous and aggressive. Their principle weapon is their large clawed feet that they use in a sideways kicking motion, (it is widely rumoured that Steven Spielberg modelled the Raptor’s claws in Jurassic Park on Cassowary feet), however Cassowaries very rarely attack unprovoked. Tui has never attacked anyone here.

Cassowaries eat fruit, reptiles and small mammals - in fact anything they can find, except red coloured fruit which is often poisonous. They are flightless ground dwellers with males averaging 50 kilos and females 60 kilos. (One female in a wildlife park weighed 80 kilos!). Cassowaries are a keystone species of forests because they eat fallen fruit whole and distribute seeds across the jungle floor via their droppings with a number of rainforest trees dependant on Cassowaries for propagation.


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Food Trail Tours
Food Trail Tours Savour local flavours on a fun filled paddock to plate journey through dry plains, rolling hills, and the Atherton Tableland's lush Wet Tropics Rainforest.

Sample tasty treats

*Cheese & Chocolate
*Coffee plantation
FROM $195 Per Adult
A great day
Departs from Cairns on Mon, Tue, Thu & Sat
Travel between now and 31/March/2019

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On The Wallaby, Overnight
Atherton Tablelands Swim in Rainforest Waterfalls, Wildlife Canoeing and Mountain Biking

2 day 1 night from Cairns

*Curtain Fig Tree
*Cathedral Fig Tree
*Lake Barrine
*Millaa Millaa Falls
*Dinner Falls
*Mt Hypipamee
FROM $199 Per Adult
Departs Cairns daily
Travel between now and 31/March/2019

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Temp: 26.6 °C
Wind: 6 kt SE
Humidity: 84%
Pressure: 1012.7 hpa
Forecast: 24 - 31 °C (Possible shower)

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Mount Quincan
Mt Quincan Crater Retreat is the ultimate escape, with unsurpassed panoramic views over the hills and valleys of the Atherton Tablelands and only minutes from historical Yungaburra.


+Country breakfast provisions
+Homemade muffins on arrival
+Port and chocolates
+Fresh roses
+Free Wifi
FROM $313 Per Night
* Applies to Mon, Tues, Wed & Thurs nights
Travel between now and 31/March/2019

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Tableland Trike Tours
Tableland Trike Tours offer a variety of scenic tours around the tablelands


* One Hour joy ride
* Pub Crawl
* 3 Hour Sightseeing
* 4 Hour Wine & Coffee
* 4 Hour Military History
FROM $75 Per Person

Based on 1 hour joy ride with min 2 passengers
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Uncle Brians
Tablelands & Waterfalls Tour Enjoy a beautiful time on the bright side of the road

Join Gus the Bus

*Platypus spotting
*Fun-filled day
*Home cooked lunch
FROM $129 Per Adult
Great Value!
Departs Cairns
every day except Sunday
Travel between now and 31/March/2019

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