Australia’s magical rainforests and reefs stretch across the country. From the Daintree Rainforest in Queensland to the Gondwanan Rainforest near Byron Bay, Australia is home to some of the oldest rainforests in the world. The Daintree Rainforest is the largest continuous area of tropical rainforest in Australia. Along the coast of Queensland, the rainforest grows right down to the edge of the sea! The rainforest is home to 90% of Australia’s population of bats and butterflies! You can also find frogs, reptiles, birds and an amazing variety of plants and flowers. Being on the coast, the Daintree rainforest offers a rare combination of scenery, from the dense tropical rainforest covering to the white sandy beaches of the shore.
Going underneath the waves, you can also find many coral reefs surrounding the great island. Coral reefs are called the “rainforests of the sea” because of their incredibly diverse ecosystem. The Great Barrier Reef, off the coast of Queensland, is the world’s largest coral reef that supports a huge diversity of life, including many vulnerable and endangered species. From coral, to whales, clownfish and seagrass, so many beautiful and important species call the reef their home. Unfortunately over time, the reef’s health has been threatened due to many causes including climate change, pollution and fishing. While it may seem like a far away place from our homes in the U.S., there is still so much you can do from your own home! Check out National Geographic’s underwater video of the Great Barrier Reef with your kiddos to start the talk on conservation.
WAYS TO HELP
- Head to your local aquarium to educate your children on marine life
- Choose sustainable seafood: Learn more at FishWatch.Gov
- Conserve water
- Use energy-efficient light bulbs
- Carry away your trash anytime you are outside your home
- Be an informed consumer
To learn more on how you can have an impact on reef healthy and conservation, head on over to the National Ocean Service’s site. Make sure to check back throughout the season as we continue to explore conservation in partnership with National Geographic Kids.
Don’t miss the unique prints and patterns on our newest collection, inspired by Australia’s incredible reefs and rainforests.