Wake Up to the Sounds of the Rainforest

If you’ve never woken up to the sounds of the rainforest before, on your first morning at Wanggulay you may think you’ve been transported to another place and time. There’s no traffic noise here to wake you up; instead, you’ll slowly wake up to the sounds of the rainforest birds as they sing their morning songs.

Take a look at this video and see how close you are to rainforest canopy from the main bedroom at Wanggulay.

But it’s not just in the morning that you’ll realise how close to nature you are. Throughout the day, different birds will visit near Wanggulay, giving you a sense of just how diverse the rainforest really is.

The Barron Gorge National Park is within the Wet Tropics World Heritage area, so you will certainly get to hear, and see, a range of birds, particularly some you won’t see in many other places around Australia.

The wompoofruit-dove’s “wallock-a-woo” call, that you can hear here on photographer Graeme Chapman’s website, is rather distinctive. For such a brightly coloured bird they certainly blend into their surrounds, so you’ll need to keep your eye out for them.

A Woompoo Fruit Dove Sitting on a Fig Tree, Queensland, Australia

Photo: Wompoo Fruit-Dove

The screech of the scaly-breasted lorikeets will certainly make you feel like you’re right in the middle of the rainforest, while the scratching around of the brush-turkey’s and orange-footed scrubfowl will have you looking out for them on the rainforest floor. You might even be lucky enough to spot a southern cassowary feeding on the rainforest fruits.

Photo: Scaly-Breasted Lorikeet

Photo: Scaly-Breasted Lorikeet

It’s not just birds who visit us here in the Barron Gorge National Park. There’s also a huge number of animals that call the park home that you should keep an eye out for when you’re relaxing on the deck or going for a walk through the park.

Photo: Spotted Quoll

Photo: Spotted Quoll

You’ll often find stripped possums, Lumholtz’s tree-kangraroos, and spotted-tailed quolls amongst many others. If you’re walking around the grounds of Wanggulay, keep an eye out for the short-beaked echidna – you’ll need to be quick to spot these guys as they can bury under leaf little quite quickly. If you’re out walking along the creeks, watch for the elusive platypus – they are often hard to spot, and if you manage to catch a photo of one we’d love to see it!

A Platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) on surface of creek in daylight with eyes open. ** Note: Slight blurriness, best at smaller sizes

Photo: Platypus

There’s so many different species of wildlife surrounding us here at Wanggulay. If you’re ready to wake up to nature instead of traffic, book with us today.

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