A unique way to experience the Queensland tropical rainforest is on a duck boat tour at RainForeStation. This World War II amphibious vehicle takes you along dirt roads and through silky water.
Army Duck RainForeStation Tour
Twelve of these historical amphibious vehicles are at RainForeStation. With their 6-wheel drive, propellers, and a rudder, these workhorses move 30 passengers along in a rainforest journey. We were given a guide pamphlet to help us identify plants and wildlife on our tour, but our actual tour guide was great at pointing them all out along the way.
We were excited for this 45-minute tour of the rainforest, not knowing what exactly to expect. First, we learned about the history of the vehicles in World War II.
Our well-versed guide taught us about the abundant plant life and animals local to the area. We saw birds, butterflies, turtles, and water dragons.
The lake reflected the surrounding trees, and there was a surprising amount of Ulysses butterflies fluttering above.
Rainforest Flora and Fauna
With such a lush and dense canopy, only 15% of the sunlight will reach the rainforest floor.
Animals and insects will live inside these basket fern where it is warm and humid. Some of them can weigh over a ton. That additional weight can cause large branches to snap off and come crashing down to the forest floor.
Taking the Army Duck tour is an adventurous way to learn more about Australia’s tropical rainforest. Our boys appreciated the ruggedness of the vehicle, and we all enjoyed relaxing and soaking in as much as we could.
- Purchase tickets online. We recommend getting the “big nature package” which includes a Pamagirri experience and the koala and wildlife park.
- Bring a high quality camera that also records videos.
- Look for pythons in the trees and eels in the water.
Army Duck Facts:
- World War II vintage, built by women.
- 4-wheel drive when on the highway
- 6-wheel drive when off-road and in the water.
- 10 forward gears and 2 reverse.
- Max speed 50 mph on roads or 8 knots in the water.
- Driver can inflate or deflate tires while moving using an engine compressor.