Its modern history was hugely affected by the social revolution taking place in the 1960s-70s. The world was looking with fresh eyes at the process of ‘paving paradise and putting up parking-lots’' over raw nature without regard to the inherent quality. This destructive institutionalising of once free playgrounds and vista threatened another paradise but progress was about to meet environmental forethought.
It would be a crime if this remarkable place, its history and influence on the Australian psyche, were to be thoughtlessly sanitised, turned into glass and bitumen corridors.
The struggle to safely develop the rainforest remains today with a growing population and a healthy tourism shaped by the very nare that preservationists recognised and sort to protect when it was immensely unpopular to do so.