Thank you to our valued Skyrail Rainforest Foundation members for your support in 2015, we look forward to your continued support to help us meet our vision: The protection of tropical rainforests worldwide through sound management, understanding and appreciation through research and education.

In this edition, we are pleased to announce that all SRF members and their guests can receive great discounts on Skyrail's Canopy Glider. Also, a reminder that discounts apply to Diamond View Gondolas and Djabugay Aboriginal Guided Tours. We hope you enjoy this newsletter and we welcome your feedback.

Research Projects Update

The Skyrail Rainforest Foundation is pleased to announce the results of the Student Research Funding Applications for 2015/16. The standard of applications were very high which made selecting the final recipients particularly challenging.


Eligible research students were given the opportunity to access up to $5,000 for PhD and Research Masters projects and up to $2,000 for Honours projects, Graduate Diplomas in Research Methods projects and other Masters course work with a strong research component.


Dr Ken Chapman, a Director of the Skyrail Rainforest Foundation, said the foundation was pleased to make this funding available.  "The foundation can see great value in the research the students undertake and is pleased to assist them in their efforts which enhance our understanding of our surroundings and leads to a sustainable coexistence" he said.


The Foundation also encourages those with an interest in tropical rainforests, to join and/or donate, to the Foundation.  Not only is there an array of member benefits including discounts of up to 50% at local tourist attractions, but the financial input will help protect this ancient environment for future generations. Memberships cost $30 for one year or $150 for five years. Details can be found at skyrailfoundation.org/membership.

Djabugay Aboriginal Walking Tours


Next time you experience Skyrail, why not include a Djabugay Aboriginal guided walking tour? SRF members receive a 20% discount as a personal members' bonus benefit. This tour provides a fascinating insight into Aboriginal history, language, culture, stories and traditions of the indigenous rainforest people through a personalised, small group, 40 minute guided walking tour on a natural rainforest trail.


Skyrail's Walking Tours depart adjacent to the Rainforest Interpretation Centre at Barron Falls Station,  commencing at approximately 10:15am, 11:15am, 12:15pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm and 3:30pm daily.


For more information click here or contact Skyrail Reservations on 07 4038 5555.

Member benefits


Members of the Skyrail Rainforest Foundation promotion receive the following personal benefits:

  • 50% member only discount on Skyrail Rainforest Cableway (Including Diamond View Gondola and Canopy Glider)
  • 20% discount on Skyrail for member's spouse and children, when traveling with the member (Including Diamond View Gondola and Canopy Glider)
  • 10% discount on Skyrail for visiting friends and relatives, when traveling with the member (Including Diamond View Gondola and Canopy Glider)
  • 20% member only discount at Skyrail's Gift Shops (** excludes already discounted items)
  • Skyrail Rainforest Foundation E-Newsletters (biannually)

Additional Exclusive Member Only Bonus Benefits are also available, as negotiated by the Foundation with Skyrail and its package partners. Current Bonus Personal Benefits include:

  • 50% discount on entry at Tjapukai Where Australia Begins
  • 50% discount on Kuranda Scenic Railway
  • 50% discount on Kuranda Wildlife Experience
  • 20% discount on Djabugay Aboriginal Guided Tours

Note: These Bonus Benefits are only available when booked directly with Skyrail as a component of a packaged day tour including travel on Skyrail. Contact reservations on 4038 5555 or email reservations@skyrail.com.au to organise a booking. 24-hours notice is preferred.  

Social Networking

Skyrail Rainforest Foundation invites you to connect with us via social media so we can interact more frequently and update you on what's happening with our funded tropical rainforest research and education projects. Visit Skyrail Rainforest Foundation's page on Facebook and "like" us and also, follow us on Twitter.


#joinus #skyrail #rainforest #cairns 


The foundation has received many generous donations since its inception, including from visitors to Skyrail Rainforest Cableway in Cairns, Tropical North Queensland. Donations are vital to ensure the foundation can continue to support important rainforest research and education projects. All donations are tax deductible and go towards the protection of tropical rainforests worldwide.


Click here for more information.

Nature Diary - Wet Season in the Dry Season?


June was a big surprise this year. Who would have guessed that it would rain as much as it did?! As a result, the Skyrail Rangers were still mowing and brushcutting which is very unusual at this time! Along the Cableway, this unseasonal rain resulted in more flowering and fruiting than normal. Briar Silky Oak started fruiting mid June. The white to brownish flowers are borne on slender racemes arranged in clumps on top of the trees. The fruits are woody capsules that start out covered in rusty coloured hairs. When these capsules ripen, they turn greyish brown and split open, releasing the papery seeds into the wind. The leaves are large and strongly lobed with shiny brown hairs on the undersides of the saplings because of the low light levels on the forest floor and mid levels. When the trees reach the canopy, the leaves shrink and lose the lobes whilst turning yellow green. The timber of these magnificent trees is quite useful and the young saplings are popular indoor plants. Along the revegetation corridor just outside Kuranda station, the Northern Tamarind flowered in small numbers. The tiny flowers are borne on small racemes and have a brownish tinge to them. The fruits are yellow, three chambered fleshy capsules containing three seeds, each covered in a yellow edible aril. The aril is occasionally used to make a refreshing drink. The slightly hairy light green leaves are oblong and covered in rows of sunken nerves. These beautiful trees are popular in landscaping and are excellent shade trees.


For more information and to view nature diary entries, please visit Skyrail.com.au. 

Skyrail Rainforest Foundation |+61 7 4042 2200| info@skyrailfoundation.org| www.skyrailfoundation.org
PO Box 888,Cairns, Queensland, 4870,AUSTRALIA