Living in the rainforest with the bugs!

Trip Start Dec 20, 2009
Trip End Jan 24, 2010

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Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Tuesday, January 19, 2010

We left the Mission Beach motel on Tuesday morning and began a 4 hour drive to Daintree / Cape Tribulation. This was an awesome drive on the Captain Cook Highway skirting the far north coast up to Cairns, Port Douglas then over on a ferry at Mossman.

Having seen many Cassorwary warning signs we were determined to see one so headed to a couple of 'well-known' viewing spots. One of these was Namu Rainforest Park which was an ancient rainforest that was hit badly by a Cyclone in 2006. Following the storm damage they built a magnificent viewing platform and boardwalk trail throughout a small section of the forest. The viewing platform gave some amazing birds eye views.... but no Cassowaries!

After the visit to Namu we continued the drive but it got wetter and wetter the further north we travelled. Once over the 'croc invested' daintree river the roads got more twisty and steep as we climbed into the Daintree national park. As we pulled into the driveway for the wilderness lodge - there was a cassowary strutting around on the grass in full view. Just as we thought we'd never see a wild one!

The lodge was brilliant, 10 little wooden bungalows on stilts in the forest with a boardwalk linking them up together. Although being in the middle of a forest meant the mosquitos were rampant and we were pretty much eaten alive straight away! The lodge also included evening meals in their amazing restaurant which was great as didnt need to venture out in the evening. They also told us all about their local Cassorwary who they called 'fred'. After the meal Melissa & James showed us some creatures in the forest using big torches including some massive spiders with big webs and geckos and frogs!

We booked a guided walk for the second day so hoping to see some more creepy crawlies!
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