Daintree and Cape Tribulation

Trip Start Apr 28, 2009
Trip End Jun 11, 2009

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Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Monday, May 18, 2009

   For the last little trip out of Cairns Tarrah and I went up to Cape Tribulation in the Daintree national park.  Apparently it is the oldest rainforest in the world and it looks pretty much the same as it might have millions of years ago (not actually sure of how long ago).  The drive was a little exciting as we didn't get there until dark and the road to Cape Tribulation consists of about a half our of windy roads stuck between cliffs and big drop offs.  Apparently you also have to watch out for cassowaries.

   The rainforest was really spectacular and we went on a few walks around Daintree which were cool.  We also went on a kayak tour around Cape Tribulation (a cape is apparently just a big protrusion of land out from the coast).  The first mistake made was that neither of us remembered to bring sun lotion and on a sunny day like it is apparently the sun can burn in about 10 minutes.  So we got a little toasted but nothing to bad.  There are some really long beautiful beaches all along the coast there and one cool thing is that you can see the holes left by sting rays on the beach from when the tide was in.  I'm sure you all know who Steve Irwin, anyways apparently we stood about 10 km from the spot that he got it from a giant sting ray a couple of years ago.  Another interesting thing was that near the top of the beach there was all sorts of little balls of sand, which I'll post a picture of, apparently there are really small sand bubble crabs that eat all the bacteria off the sand and then throw it outside of there holes.  These balls lined kilometer long beaches so you can imagine how many there are, they were pretty easy to catch but most weren't any larger then a large spider.  

   So that was a cool trip.  Then it was time to say goodbye to Cairns and Tarrah and hope on the OZ Experience bus down to Magnetic Island.
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