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Recommended Reading

General Tropical Rainforest Ecology, Biology

Most recommended books are still in print. A small number are out of print although they can still be purchased online. Check online using title and authors. Try your local bookshop, www. ,,, or I personally recommend Andrew Isle Naturtal History Books for Australia's largest range of natural history books at



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Rainforests of Tropical Australia
Damon Ramsey.


The revised and expanded second edition helps you explore the beautiful rainforests that grow in Queensland, as well as across northern Australia, and onto many of the surrounding islands.


This is a guide to the natural history of the tropical rainforest.


It begins with an overview of the environment and ecology of this ecosystem, from landforms to seed dispersal.


It then identifies the major groups and species, from the most primitive plants, right through to the birds and the mammals.


The book concludes with a look at the history of the people of the forest, and where to explore this habitat.

Source: Publisher

Tropical Rainforest: World Heritage Australia
Stanley Breeden
Tropical Rainforest World Heritage Australia is about the continent's most diverse and most complex natural habitat.
This book describes the great lushness and variety of the forests and how this came to be. The geology of the land and the formation of the incomparable waterfalls, crater lakes and tall mountains are also discussed.
How the rainforest works - that is, how to make sense out of the seemingly chaotic and rampant plant growth is explained.
Staneley Breeden's brillant photographs and text go beyond the description, explanations and classifications, involving the reader in the great adventure of experiencing the magic and mystry of the living forest in all its moods.
Source: Publisher
Visions of a Rainforest
A year in Australia's Tropical Rainforest
Stanley Breeden & William T. Cooper


Visions of the Rainforest is a year long journey of discovery by one of Australia's respected natural historians. 


Deep in the forests, surrounding by age old trees, Stanely Breeden walks out of his house to see butterflies and brilliantly coloured bettles flying anlong the forest edge, orchids smothering tree branches, exotic possums peering out at him from vines, huge pythons slithering through the undergrowth, golden bowerbirds building their elaborate and richly decorated bowers, cassowaries looking into his windows and frogs singing on a wet night.


With illustrations by William T. Cooper, one of the world's most acclaimed natural history artists and Stanley Breedens neighbour, Visions of the Rainforest is a personal and evocative account of life in one of the richest, most complex habitat on earth.

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Where the Rainforest Meets the Reef.
Our last Paradise at Risk
Rupert Russell

Living in a Dynamic

Tropical Forest Landscape


Ed.Nigel Stork ,Stephen Turton

This valuable text contains 49 in-depth studies concerning various aspects of the ecology of the Australian Wet Tropics, a World Heritage Area, in north Queensland.


This book brings together a wealth of scientific findings and ecological knowledge to survey what we have learned about the “Wet Tropics” rainforests of North Queensland, Australia. This interdisciplinary text is the first book to provide such a holistic view of any tropical forest environment, including the social and economic dimensions..


Other chapters discuss aboriginal cultures; the impact of European settlement; the establishment of a World Heritage Area; and the impacts of factors such as rainforest tourism, climate change, invasive weeds, and vertebrate pests. The articles were written by an international gathering of scientists; many are affiliated with the Cooperative Research Centre for Tropical Ecology and Management and the Commonwealth Scientific Industrial Research Organization. (Source Publisher)









Hinchinbrook Island
The Land Time Forgot
Margret & Author Thorsborne &
Dawn & Cliff Frith
Hinchinbrook Island is Australia's largest island National Park and it is as wild as it is beautifu and remote. The rocky cliff faces and headlands of it's seaward coast line broken only here and there by long curving white sandy unmarked beaches.
Awesome to  is the diversity of the plants and animals that inhabitat the island until now only revealed by the walker negotiating the steep and sudden rise from the beach to the mountain peak.
Since it first touched their lives over 20 years ago the authors have made innumerable visits to the Island to explore and record the wildlife and the history. - the Aboringinal, the navigator explorers and the brief years of settlement.
Over the years the love for the island  beauty has grown in their souls. Here is Hinchinbrook island evoked by  Auther and Margret Thorsborne, the grandeur of its rich wilderness portrayed by cliff and dawn Firth two of Australia's leading wildlife photographers. Source: Publishers

Rich green tropical rainforest spills down the coast. Shining green leaves blend and merge with mangroves and meets the sand and coral of the Great Barrier Reef.


Where coastal rainforest meets the sea. Two of Australia's greastest living wonders growing side by side. But one is  in danger. The tropical rainforest of Daintree are remnants of those that surived the last glacial period - from 38 000 to 12 000 years ago.


The developers are encrouching, a road is pushed, the sawmilllers are poised.....and the rainforest is helpless.  Once rainforest covered most of Australia; now it is isolated in pockets and Daintree, the jewel in the forest crown, is at risk from exploiters.


An area as important as the Franklin River is in Danger.  Three of Australia's leading native photographers, Leo Meier, Clifford and Dawn Frith, have protrayed the moods and beauty of the region for the Australian Conservation Foundation in this record of the last great tropical rainforest in the world. Source: Author

Amongst Trees
Images from the Rainforests of North East Queensland
R. Russell, P Zborowksi, A. Murdoch, E. Terrell, S. Ford, J. Rainbird
This small book is an expression of our enjoyment of rainforests: the beauty, the intricacy, the happy moments of comprehension and the happy hours of bewilderment which every naturalist is granted.
On one heavily laden backpacking trip, walking head down through rainforest, the fascination of watching the forest floor go by gave rise to this book.
With fallen leaves of so many shapes and sizes and colour, ground level is endlesssly variable. And not just leaves, for there are spent flowers and shed fruit, some of them bright colours, some large, some unusual shape. And seeds - bright red, shiny black, glossy brown, polished or sculpted. Many gnawed by rats which have emptied the contents.
We hope this small book created by a group of friends, will bring pleasure to those who already enjoy connections with rainforests and to those yet to take a first walk amougst trees. Descritions in the book applie to the rainforest of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. Source: Author
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