Iconic and Contemporary Landscape
The Boyd's Forest Dragon is an endearing rainforest reptile from the local Mossman Rainforest. It is remarkable and stunningly beautiful. This Dragon is truly unique living only in the Australian Wet Tropics areas of Far North Queensland. Boyd's Forest Dragon (Hypsilurus boydii ) is a species of arboreal agamid lizard found in rainforests and their margins in the Australian Wet Tropics region of northern Queensland, Australia. The Mossman Botanic Garden (MBG) masterplan site layout embraces the shape of this captivating local Dragon and uses its bodily form to create an enchantment of elevational variations, framed views and landscape experiences. The sculptural dragon's body also envelops important buildings in the Botanic Garden and complements others which have similar reptilian forms. This Boyd's Forest Dragon has been recommended by Indigenous Elders of the Kuku Yalanji as a totemic local animal and have approved its use in the Botanic Garden. It has been adopted by the projects stakeholders board and design team as the key visual metaphor for the Botanic Gardens development and it features prominently in the landscape concept providing the large site with a focal point and physical framework.