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Daintree Rainforest Observatory

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From the vantage point of the Daintree rainforest canopy with crane operator Andrew Thompson.  JCU’s Daintree Rainforest Observatory has a Liebherr  freestanding construction tower 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. The crane is 47 metres tall with a radius of 55 metres. It can rotate 360 degrees enabling access to 1 hectare of rainforest. A suspended basket (gondola or dogbox) is attached at the hook to carry personnel into the canopy.