Rainforest & Rain
Trip Start Jul 19, 2009
16Trip End Sep 02, 2009
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Where I stayed
Lync Haven Caravan Park
We woke up fairly early as we knew we had a lot to do today. First stop was a return visit to Hartley's (free re-entry) to see the things we missed first time. The koala and kookaburras were as cute as ever and we also saw crocodile feeding, quolls and our first wallabies. Had a good look at the lizards and snakes – behind fences or glass of course! From there we travelled to Port Douglas marina for lunch of pies (chicken or beef) and chips eaten in the campervan. Had a mooch around the shops then headed off to Mossman Gorge. What a beautiful place – we dipped our toes into the cool crystal clear water. Imogen was desperately trying to find a platypus, as she had seen one in Mossman Gorge on youtube, but was unlucky. Think it was probably the wrong time of day and it was also quite busy with people. Went on a short walk and saw brush turkeys wandering around. Back into the campervan for the drive to Daintree National park
Tuesday 28 July 2009
Didn’t have a great night’s sleep last night, partly due to the noises of the rainforest and partly because of the torrential rain hammering down onto the roof of the campervan
After a quick sandwich lunch in the van we headed north to Cape Tribulation Exotic Fruit farm for some fruit tasting. This was really fun as we tried all sorts of weird and wonderful fruits, some of which I had never heard of before, let alone seen. We tried my favourite which was the Soursop fruit (sweet, slightly mucousy in texture with big black seeds); Imogen and Paul really liked the Davidson plum which was quite tart and a local fruit; Ella really liked the sweet, almost caramel-like fruit from India called Sapodilla. We fell into two camps – Ella and I had sweet tooths liking the 'lemon meringue pie type fruit’ (can’t remember its proper name) and the sweet lychee type fruits whereas Paul and Imogen liked the sour, more tart fruits such as the plum. We went for a walk into the fruit orchards to see the trees including mangosteins which the couple are growing commercially. It was the wrong season for us to try one though. By now the rain was torrential and it continued like this for the rest of the day.
We zoomed to the Daintree Ice Cream Company and managed to get there just before closing
I have decided that I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with this campervan. I quite like the idea and freedom it gives (when I have had a good night’s sleep, which hasn’t been often to date for various reasons such as being too hot, outside noises of birds at the crack of dawn etc) but find the fact that everything has to be tidied away all the time quite frustrating, and I’m not a particularly messy person. It is also like being in a coach/shoebox. Paul has developed arm muscles he never knew he had steering the van around windy country roads. If he ever gets too fed up with work at least it offers him a new career opportunity. It is pain to park as well as need a double long space to have any hope of parking it up properly, whilst mindful of the overhead clearance for branches etc. Needless to say there have been several parking related ‘tiffs’!