Ahh finally the rainforest bliss we seeked!

Trip Start Apr 14, 2012
Trip End Dec 21, 2012

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Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Tuesday, November 6, 2012

The Daintree National Park and surrounds is some of the most stunning scenery I have seen in all my travels around the world. This area stretching north of Cairns up into the remote wilderness towards Cape York is has pure, untouched, unspoiled beautiful World Heritage Rainforest. It is the only place in the world where World Heritage rainforest sits alongside World Heritage Marine Park – the Great Barrier Reef. And at time we felt like we were only people in the world on the remote stretch of Noah's Beach at Cape Tribulation. We camped at the Daintree National Park camp ground, a basic bush camp with only toilets, in the rainforest where there were 600 year old strangler figs, lace monitor lizards, curlews, Ulysses butterflies and the ever elusive Cassowary. The sounds and the smells of the rainforest made us feel like we were deep in the jungle. The massive trees and vines stretched high toward the sky, and only a little light escaped from the canopy. With our hammock positioned correctly we could grab a few rays of sunshine in the late afternoon. This campsite in the forest then led to white sands, turquoise water, deep blue skies, mountains made from jungle surrounding us. Wow! Astrid summed it up one day saying as we walked along the palm studded beach with the water gently lapping at our feet, "Mum doesn't it look like the places you see in a magazine and go 'oh wow I wanna be there’, and here we are!"

The only thing about the place at this time of year is that there are stingers and crocodiles in the water. Yeah. However after discussions with the Ranger we were told it was fairly croc free where we were, and stingers hadn’t really started yet. So we did swim in short bursts. And the water felt amazing, warm but not bath like.

On our second day there we walked to the end of our beach, which at the most only ever had 6 or 7 people on it, and clambered over some volcanic rocks and discovered a secluded beach. It was picture perfect. We spent the whole day there playing beach cricket, swimming, wandering up a creek bed into the heart of the rain forest and playing imaginary Robinson Crusoe/Bear Grylls like games with the kids as we built shelters and pretended to hunt food! Fun!

Back at camp we cooked dinner, lay in the hammock listening to the sounds of the forest and the ocean. The next day we went to the Daintree Discovery Centre.

Going to sleep to the sound of the waves each night was like being gently lulled to sleep by a lullaby - the constant beat, the pulse of the waves crashing one of our favourite sounds....

I’m wondering how we are going to assimilate back into life in a city...
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