Exploring the Daintree

Trip Start Nov 11, 2012
Trip End Nov 17, 2012

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Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Monday, November 12, 2012

One of the things that I have always wanted to do is to travel up to the Daintree Rainforest and have a look around - today, by common decree, we all piled into the car and headed north to Cape Tribulation.

Cape Tribulation is a lovely spot on the coast approximately 1.5 hours north of Port Douglas. The drive up north was fairly standard sort of country highway driving. Once we got the to edge of the forest the roads became much windier however and so the driving was considerably slower. We decided to drive only on the sealed roads, so it was all quite manageable. There are plenty of interesting little experiences to be had along the drive - One of these such places was the Alexander lookout, from which we could see a long stretch of coast and rainforest sitting neatly together - not a person in sight! There was also some excellent coffee at the (XXXX - canopy walks) , although we didn't feel we had enough time to partake in the walk due to having slept in and had an easy morning.

The Cape itself was pretty interesting - there were plenty of signs warning us about the various things that we should avoid and how they would kill us if we didn't avoid them. We didn't see any crocodiles in the area, although we had been warned that we were in crocodile country. The coastline is long and lovely - completely undeveloped save the road that had brought us there and the odd small business along it. We ended up stopping for lunch at the visitor's centre before making our way back down the coast.

Heading back we decided to stop in at a few little places along the way - one of which was the Daintree Tea plantation, which had its own little stall by the side of the road selling tea in bag and lose leaf forms. The woman manning the stall told us her name was 'Babe' and was hysterical - she told us all about the local area in her own interesting style, adding in some interesting tidbits about the history of the plantation, and how she expected it to still be there 900 years from now. I'm not sure how serious she was being with us, but the stories were amusing nonetheless.

Our final stop along the drive home was to a place claiming to be selling 'Supernatural bio-dynamic organic ice cream in 26 different flavours.' I ended up having rhubarb flavour, Peet had marmelade flavour and Kat had choc mint. The ice ceam was thick and creamy, but I didn't think it tasted particularly like rhubarb (the marmelade one did taste strongly of oranges and limes however).

Returning back to Port Douglas at last after a long day of driving we got some crocodile steaks and salad for dinner and headed home for a rest. The Port Douglas night markets are on tonight and tomorrow night, but given the rain I think we will probably end up giving them a miss tonight.
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