Daintree and Cape Tribulation

Trip Start Apr 16, 2007
Trip End Jul 2008

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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

After four great days in Cairns we headed off to collect our new Campervan  - 'The Hipster' for our road trip along the East coast. This time we had a fridge and an awning - very flash!

We started our trip by heading North to check out Daintree and Cape Tribulation in the far North of Queensland. We visited a number of beaches along the coast on our way including Palm Cove and stopped for lunch at the luxurious Port Douglas.

Daintree was the location of Daintree National Park a World Heritage Site, a beautiful protected rainforest area with the Rainforest Discovery Center which had boardwalks running through the rainforest along with an abundance of wildlife. The Discovery center also had some excellent tree top lookouts with great views.

From Daintree we continued North and headed up to Cape Tribulation via the Daintree River Cable Ferry - no bridge over the river as yet....Once over the river our journey was slightly delayed as the only access road up to the Cape was flooded by Cooper's Creek! After heeding local advice we decided not to attempt to cross the Creek until low tide the following morning when water levels should have receeded to approx 20cm - they were currently 50cm! So, we checked into a campsite in the early afternoon (South of the flooded road) and took full advantage of the BBQ!

We did pop back to the creek later in the afternoon to check the water levels and a local entrepeneur was taking full advantage of the situation - "Fair dincome!" (Check out the pictures!)

Cape Tribultation was beautiful, a stunning setting, where the Rainforest meets the sea. We went as far as the road would take us - the sealed road finished just North of the Cape, Cooktown was a further 60km North but only acessable via the Bloomfield Track which is 4WD only - that one would have to be for another trip...

We saw our first Aus crocodiles on a boat trip along Daintree River, we spotted a total of 6 crocodiles in  the space of an hour, some 5-6ft + (small apparently), we started to wish we had got a bigger boat....However we felt safe in the knowledge that we had received some excellent wildlife advice from one Iain 'Irwin' Johnstone back in the UK -  "If we should be in the situation of being chased by a crocodile, one should run in zig zag lines away from the pursuing creature", we hoped we wouldn't need to put the theory into practise anytime soon......

From our short time in Queensland so far, the state was already living upto Australia's reputation as harbouring some of the worlds's most deadly creatures. We had already spotted a number of crocodiles, pythons, seen insects as big as birds and being warned not to go swimming in the sea due to the 'Stingers' (If you didn't know box jellyfish have the most deadly venom in the animal kingdom!)

Not to mention we had already spotted our first Cassowary, a 1.5 meter tall flightless bird, capable of running 50km/h, tripled toed with sharp claws, the middle claw being 5 inches long and extremly sharp -which if cornered could leap at you and disembowl its enemy in a single blow of the claw, Bruce Lee style.........Fortunately for us the Cassowaries are very shy creatures........but we would be keeping our eyes peeled!  
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