Daintree Rainforest Observatory

JCU’s Daintree Rainforest Observatory is one of only five long-term ecological monitoring sites in Australia. There are two laboratories onsite, one open-air teaching lab, and one traditional, air-conditioned laboratory equipped to support the basic needs of most rainforest research. The Observatory also has a Canopy Crane, which, allows researchers to explore the rainforest, from the atmosphere above the canopy, through its different levels, and down to the soils and subterranean water resources.


Keep watch for ospreys feeding & changes in the natural environment! This camera is on the canopy crane in the Daintree Rainforest, Far North Queensland. It changes positions regularly and updates twice per hour. Keen-eyed viewers will spot subtle changes, even during the night.

Hint: use your left and right arrow keys to move forward and backwards through time.

See all the cameras and favourite the best photos at JCU-DRO on Flickr.