When I was in London last year in year 2 I learned all about all the different rainforests. The Amazon in South America, the Montecristo cloud forest in El Salvador, The Sinharaja forest in Sri Lanka and the Daintree forest in Australia.
I am so lucky to actually see one for real! It is like when you read a book about something and then it’s like a mirror and you can walk through it and then you are actually in it. I saw lots of trees and at school I learned about the different layers and I am going to tell you what they are.
The first one is the forest floor, the second one is the understory, the third one is the canopy and the fourth one is the emergent.
There are also lots of thick woody vines, palm trees, ferns and orchids. We can see some ferns and orchids on the trunk of the trees. It is called epiphytic orchid and epiphytic fern and it’s basically plants which like to stick to the trunk of trees and their roots don’t go in the ground.
It is always warm in North Queensland and during the rainy season there is 80 percent humidity. It means that there is a lot of water in the air and the plants really like it.
The Daintree Forest is on the East coast of Australia next two the Great Barrier Reef and goes from Cooktown to Cairns and is 20 kilometres wide. In the Daintree there are 3000 species of trees and plants with the oldest plants on earth and the forest is 110-200 million years old. It is the oldest rainforest in the world, older than the Amazon rainforest which is only 7 million years old. The trees are 20 to 30 meters high and some can be up to 70 meters high.
When we arrived at the Daintree Rainforest Discovery Centre, I was so excited to learn about all the different trees and flowers, birds and butterflies. I had this little telephone which told me all about the different plants and animals that you are going to go and see and all about the Daintree Forest. The best part was when I went up to the canopy tower which is 23 meters high and I went all the way up and saw the emergent layer. The second best part was to learn about the Cassowary which is a gigantic dinosaur bird I will tell you about soon.
I really enjoyed the Daintree because there is so much you can learn about animals and habitats and plants.
Love, Capucine x