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a VirtualTourist member from Brisbane

Townsville

where's a tropical rain forrest?

I live in brisbane, we have some sub-tropical rain forrests that i just love walking through, i have heard there are tropical rain forrests in north queensland, and i would like to go to one to see the difference between sub tropical and tropical,. hope that made sense.... if you know of any close to townsville, could you let me know please :) :) thanks heaps.



13 Answers


answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Terrigal

Not sure about Townsville - it's pretty dry bush around the city. Ideally if you can, get further north to Cairns.




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Terrigal

I just had a look at www.townsvilleonline.com.au and they have rainforest tours listed...




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Brisbane

thanks




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Melbourne

Hi. In my experience the two words just don't go together. Because behind Townsville there is a big gap in the Great Dividing Range the rainfall just doesnt happen to the same degree as further north. You have to go north past Innisfail to get anything worthwhile i think. Re the wind , that's pretty unusual except for the cyclone season which is a fair way off yet, so I don't think you would have much trouble that way. But who knows with weather !! .. L.




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Terrigal

Good point. In Australia we tend to use the word 'rainforest' when it's just an area of trees! A true rainforest has a minimum of 100 inches of rain a year. We don't have too many of them.




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Brisbane

thanks :) i guess i just have to go for a bit of a drive.... better than driving from brisbane :)




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Melbourne

Yes. North Queensland has been wanting to secede from the South for a long time - it's got most of the money making resources. Townsville is the Capital of the North. Coming up from Melbourne to Townsville or Cairns, at Brisbane you are about half of the total distance! It's a big state.....L.




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Northern Territory

Colin, where on earth did you get that rather narrow definition from? And such a convenient figure "100". Nature must be wonderfully mathematical. ;-)




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Terrigal

1+1, if you check it in reference books, you'll find that's the official definition of a rainforest. Webster's Dictionary for example: *A dense, usually tropical evergreen forest having an annual rainfall of at least 100 inches.*




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Northern Territory

To be realistic, Colin, Webster’s isn’t considered a “reference” in botany or ecology, let alone to be the source of “official definitions” in those fields. A dictionary contains common public perceptions of word meanings and usage, Webster’s for the USA, not Australia. I only go by Macquarie’s for common usage. But on the issue of “rainforests” there are a number of definitions, just as there are a number of types of rainforest.




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Terrigal

That was just one reference. The Rainforest Action Network defines it as receiving more than 4 metres of rain a year. It has to get a lot of rain, otherwise it can't be a *rain*forest. Without the large rainfall it's just a forest. That was my point - we have lots of forest in Oz, but not much of it is *rain*forest.




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Terrigal

JJ, you're a poet :-) Beautifully said.




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Northern Territory

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