Wonga Beach and first visit to Daintree Nat. Park

Trip Start Apr 29, 2011
Trip End Feb 29, 2012

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Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Thursday, November 3, 2011

We left Undara with a feeling that we have to come back. Now, we headed Daintree, long waited attraction. We had found out another hot springs on the way – Innot Hot Springs. Our hope was to have a stop and dip before driving further. Innot is a small township at the Nettle Creek. There is a caravan park that except accommodation offers seven thermal pools (all with different temperatures). We did not want to stay overnight and to have a swim only we would have to pay a fee so we decided not to go this time. Apart from caravan park pools we might also go directly to the creek. I took Nell and we inspected the water in the creek. It was extremely hot, I think about 60 degrees so after that we drove further.

Couple of months ago we met some nice people from Ravenshoe in Barradale camping ground. They told us about a specific climate in their town. Even it is a tropical north they can enjoy nice and cool weather throughout the year. We were very sceptic about it until we drove through the area. Shortly after Innot Hot Springs the road started to climb up. We were slowly going up and reached 1000 meters above the sea level. Finally we had seen a magnificent view of soak green fields. The climate had changed drastically. We were thrilled by its greenness. The views were magnificent too; the country was surrounded with mountain from all directions. There were heavy clouds on the sky and very foggy. Now we understood what they meant by different climate in Ravenshoe.

So, we were driving through this beautiful, green and wet country and finally got to Atherton. It is a nice, well serviced, mountainous town. We went to Information Centre to find out more information about the area. This region offers lots but our mind was already in Daintree so we went shopping and advanced further. Now, first time since we stayed in civilisation we could see many small towns on the road. The road was windy, through mountains and we could see nice country over there.

Around Daintree, there are many things to do. We did not know what to expect and were to stay. We chose Wonga Beach Caravan Park. It is a small place, amongst big palm trees, without a pool but in front of the beach. Actually our camp was setup 10 meters from the beach. We could see the ocean through the trees. There was lots of sea grass in the water so fishing was impossible.

Next day we pay our first visit to Daintree National Park. The only way to get there is by ferry that costed us $22 return ticket. It is quite a bit considering that other river ferries are free of charge. First, we stopped at Alexandra Lookout to enjoy a stunning view over Daintree River estuary. From distance we could even see Port Douglas. Later, we drove to Daintree Discovery Centre. There is a canopy walk and a big tower that rises over the rainforest. The walk is paid but you get lots of from it. There is also possibility to have an audio tour as many of the items are marked with numbers and instead of reading about it from the booklet (provided) you can listen to it. The walk was really good, it was hot and humid (not like in Karumba though). We were so exhausted by the given information and views that we had to take a rest at the coffee shop.

After Discovery Centre we drove to the end of the road to go for Jindalba walk. This walk was free of charge and meandering through the rainforest. Again we were enjoying it thoroughly. As a last thing for the day we drove little bit further north to see Lync-Haven Resort. We found it very nice. They offer rainforest walks, wildlife experience, restaurant and it is close to pristine beaches as well as it is half way between Daintree and Cape Tribulation. From this point we will enjoy the rest of the offerings in the area.
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