Vacation in the Rain Forest

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  • seeitallclearlynow
    seeitallclearlynow

    What a beautiful place to vacation! And this particular place allows guests to participate in planting some rare seeds as "Green Guardians."

    Sounds great. Any thoughts on vacationing in the Rain Forest? (See pic of the "resort" at bottom of post.)

    Planting Trees for Timeless Holiday Memories

    Visitors to Cape Tribulation Resort can take home more than souvenirs and photographs, thanks to a new environmental program that gives them the opportunity to help regenerate the rainforest.

    The Green Guardians program invites guests to pay a small fee and join the resort?s regeneration nursery team to plant native seedlings.

    ?Our philosophy is that the resort and every guest who stays with us can make a positive contribution to our environment by understanding and appreciating more about the diversity of life that surrounds us,? said Resort General Manager Geoff Trewin.

    ?Guests join our regeneration nursery team for a truly intimate rainforest encounter.

    ?They learn about the key stages of rainforest development first-hand, from seedlings to complex multilayered canopies.

    The experience culminates with a seedling planting ceremony, initiating each guest as Green Guardians.?

    The resort?s nursery gardeners go to extraordinary lengths to collect rare rainforest seeds.

    ?Some seeds are collected from cassowary droppings,? Mr Trewin said.

    ?These seeds won?t germinate unless they have been digested by this particular bird.?

    Presumably, this is one holiday experience the resort?s guests are spared, although children from the local primary school are happy to assist in the seed collection process.

    A proportion of the Green Guardian membership fee is donated to organisations including the Daintree Rainforest Foundation, which directs buy-back and regeneration of rainforest throughout the World Heritage-listed Wet Tropics of Queensland.

    As well as knowing their holiday contributed to rainforest regeneration, Green Guardians also receive a photograph of their efforts; a certificate of authenticity and appreciation; regular updates on the program; and a handbook on the natural and cultural history of Cape Tribulation and Queensland?s Wet Tropics.

    Cape Tribulation Resort is located within rainforest that dates back 120 million years.

    The resort?s flagship Coconut Beach Rainforest Lodge recently reopened following a $6 million refurbishment.

    Cape Tribulation Resort is the latest addition to Voyages Hotels and Resorts, a stable of accommodation assets set in World Heritage wilderness regions.

    The resort has Advanced Ecotourism Certification under the NEAP for its hillside units and rainforest villas.

    For more information, contact Damien Hanger on phone (02) 9339 1000 or email damien.hanger@voyages.com.au

    Green Guardian program ? planting native seedlings at Cape Tribulation Resort.

  • Happy Guy :)
    Happy Guy :)

    One of my colleagues went to the rainforest for a vacation thinking that it would be adventurous - it was. He also mentioned that it rained every afternoon in quantities that astonished him. Other than that he had a good time.

  • seeitallclearlynow
    seeitallclearlynow

    Happy Guy, do you know what part of the world the person you mentioned vacationed in? This place is in Queensland.

  • Happy Guy :)
    Happy Guy :)

    lol I should have read your e-brochure. My friend went to Costa Rica. I imagine that there would be alot of rain either way hence the name rainforest. I have no idea of what to expect in Queensland though.

  • seeitallclearlynow
    seeitallclearlynow

    Here are some more pictures of the resort - it really is very beautiful and peaceful looking.

    I wonder if any locals go there and if day trips can be made. Safari is mentioned.

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  • Happy Guy :)
    Happy Guy :)

    As a suggestion: Inquire about what amount of rain you should expect daily and when it will occur (i.e. in the middle of your afternoon). Also ask about the excursions like walks on nature trails. My colleague's experience was that on his trails they looked easy and calm on the net but a few metres from the compound they turned into very rugged and very muddy trails. For he and his wife they were far to challenging.

    Not trying to rain on your parade just trying to make sure you know what you could be getting into in the rainforest. If you are looking for peaceful and relaxing it seems to me that down under would offer many options in that regard.

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