The extensive drainage and clearing of coastal swamps in Queensland, mostly for sugar cane, is yet another reason we must save the Daintree. 

Driving along the Queensland coast, the most common sight is cattle and cane. Then you get to the Daintree River. On the north side of the Daintree River, mangroves hug the banks and and wetlands extend over the Daintree River delta. In the last 5 years, we have purchased 30 properties in the Daintree Lowlands (between the Daintree River and Cape Tribulation). Now we're aiming to save one more and protect the rainforest and wetland ecosystems at Lot 70 Forest Creek Road. 

The vegetation on Lot 70 Forest Creek Road, Forest Creek.

Lot 70 is important in maintaining a vegetated wildlife corridor across the landscape as the property is a component of a significant and extensive tract of forest from the mangrove wetland delta of the Daintree River to the Alexandra Range and Thornton Peak to the immediate north.

The boundary of Lot 70 is approximately 500m from the Daintree River.

A majority of Lot 70 is mapped as Regional Ecosystem 7.3.10c: Mesophyll vine forest with scattered feather palms (Archontophoenix alexandrae) in the sub-canopy and seasonally inundated lowland alluvial plains. 

The northern bank of the Daintree River contains good biodiversity and good fish habitat, including an isolated population of McCullough’s rainbow fish (Melanotaenia maccullochi) which is morphologically distinctive. The location is also home to endangered species of frogs.

The purchase of Lot 70 Forest Creek Road at Forest Creek will prevent development and ensure it's managed for conservation.

The majority of Lot 70 is mapped as Aquatic Conservation Significant (riverine wetlands).

Gilgai microrelief is a feature of Lot 70. This occurs when the clay soil layers shrink and swell during alternate drying and wetting cycles. This gradually forces 'blocks' of subsoil material upwards to form mounds. Gilgai relief determines species recruitment based on the level of inundation with specific species favouring raised mounds rather than ponded situations. Many species exhibit aerial roots and spongy raised lenticles for gaseous exchange as oxygen is limited in the anaerobic soil. 

Ecologist Kristopher Kupsch identified 169 species of native plants. 

The site is seasonally ponded, containing palustrine wetlands in the lower reaches bordering the Daintree River delta. The forest in this region is dominated by swamp box (Lophostemon suaveolens), melaleuca spp. with brown gardenia (Atractocarpus fitzalanii) and red beech (Dillenia alata) often dominant in the understorey.

Red beech (Dillenia alata) is more common in lowland forests, particularly on coastal lowlands.

Large Broad-leaved paperbark (Melaleuca quinquenervia) occur on the property. 

Fan palm (Licuala ramsayi) are a feature of Lot 70. 

Broad-leaved paperbark (Melaleuca quinquenervia)

A Matters of State Environmental Significance (MSES) report identified Lot 70 as having core habitat for the endangered southern cassowary (Casuarius casuarius johnsonii) which is listed as endangered under the Australian Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

Cassowaries are most often found in rainforest but also use melaleuca swamps, mangroves to find food and as connecting habitat. 

Tropical wetland provide habitat for a range of creatures 

Scrub breadfruit (Benstonea monticola) is one of 169 species of native plants on Lot 70.

Fan palm (Licuala ramsayi) and broad-leaved paperbark (Melaleuca quinquenervia)

Ponded wetlands (on poorly drained alluvium soils) fill during the wet season creating seasonal swamps. 

Climbing Pandanus (Freycinetia percostata)

Climbing pandanus (Freycinetia percostata) was identified within paperbark dominated forest its southern limit is at the Daintree River thus this occurrence is at its geographical extreme. It is listed as vulnerable under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

Lot 70 Forest Creek Road, Forest Creek

Tropical rainforest - Mesophyll vine forest - on Lot 70 Forest Creek Road.

Regional Ecosystem 7.11.1a Mesophyll vine forest also occurs on Lot 70 Forest Creek Road. The Queensland government specifically states that this vegetation type has “special values” being:

Small areas on the very wet lowlands, especially between the Daintree River and Cape Tribulation, harbour plant species which are extremely restricted and uncommon. Many areas of this ecosystem are considered refugial in nature and are local centres of endemism. Many representatives of primitive families of flowering plants are present, including the monotypic family Idiospermaceae. The ecosystem is the habitat for many threatened plant species”.

Please, act now and donate to help purchase Lot 70 Forest Creek Road in the Daintree Rainforest. Your donation will help purchase and protect essential cassowary habitat. 

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The acquisition of Lot 70 Forest Creek Road will help fulfil our vision for the conservation of the Daintree Lowland Rainforest. We’ve exchanged a contract of sale and paid a deposit. Now we must raise the funds to complete the purchase.

Stronger together

Save the Daintree is built on a partnership between Gondwana Rainforest Trust and Jabalbina Yalanji Aboriginal CorporationWe recognise that we are Stronger Together and raise funds for the buyback of properties in the Daintree Rainforest and their management for conservation.


We’ve provided answers to the most frequently asked questions for the purchase and protection of Lot 70 Forest Creek Road in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest here

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  • Kelvin Davies
    published this page in Latest News 2024-06-04 11:22:56 +1000

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