Rainforrest meets Reef...
Trip Start Apr 17, 2012
11Trip End Jun 01, 2012
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We camped the night in the village of Daintree where we also went on a Daintree River cruise and caught sight of our first ‘crocas’ in the wild. The three we saw were all laid up on sand banks along the river soaking up the last of the sun before retreating back into the river for the night. The cruise was a wildlife treat, seeing an array of birds including the vibrant blue kingfishers, a tree snake and a tree frog. And then deeper into the Daintree National Park, crossing the river, headed for Cape Tribulation was the next and northern most point of our journey. We did some more rainforests walks, saw another couple of Cassowaries and our first tree kangaroo and went to a local IceCream Factory before landing at our beach side Cape Trib camp spot, where we thought we would spend a few of our final travelling days. That was until the torrential rain hit and we thought we best cross back over the river in case we got flooded in! Cape Trib had 120mm over night, which for the area wasn’t so bad- they do get an average of 4m, but anywhere up to 7m, annual rain fall up here! But as we travelled back south we heard that they weren’t the worst hit, with Port Douglas getting 300mm in the same night! Thats alotta rain!! Despite the rain and subsequently, some forced rainy-day timetables for Will, it was an amazing place- literally the meeting of the rainforest and the water- quite spectacular
After a few nights at Cape Trib we crossed back over the river and headed south back to Port Douglas to try and catch the last days of Carnivale. On the way, we did another river cruise- this time in the pouring rain, and wildlife poor. The highlight of this leg was definitely stopping at a local Barramundi fish farm and Chris catching us some dinner for a few nights! You might be forgiven for thinking fish farm- easy fishing. Not so. It still took a lot of patience and at least an hour to haul in the two barra that became dinner. The first at 1.4kg and the second at 2.1kg. It was a special Friday night fish ‘n chips that night with a whole cooked barra in the oven!! Yummo!
Saturday in Port was Family Beach Day- which was a full day of activities on the beach for kids. It was a great atmosphere, with people getting involved in beach cricket, tennis, sandcastle competitions and the highlight for Will was getting to sit in the cockpit of a ‘copta’ (helicopter) which was on the beach for sky diving demonstrations. He loved it as he sat there ‘drive, drive drive’. We spent a good few hours hanging out on the beach- Will making friends and getting grubby! We also took a ride on the local Bally Hooley Steam train, made extra special by Will getting to wear the train driver’s hat! Whilst he didn’t seem overly excited about the train ride at the time, it did have him talking about trains for the next few days!
We left Port headed for Palm Cove- our final stopover and a little bit of a treat at the end of our 6 weeks on the road...