Thanks for all the great tips guys!!
We do have some wild ginger with the huge pink/mauve flowers on top, and also some bird of paradise and heliconias, but up here THEY GROW LIKE MAD and spread quickly.
Seriously, if you spit on the ground here something will grow. MUCH different to Townsville lol.
Will have to research the plants mentioned, I really want to make this place a beautiful retreat and lush again, in defiance to Yasi.
Weather wise, its cool and still here at the moment, I doubt we'll see anything other than light showers overnight. Certainly a different story further Noth though.