Rainforest time...

Trip Start Jul 23, 2010
Trip End Aug 20, 2010

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Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Saturday, July 31, 2010

We can be a bit more leisurely today, as we're doing our own thing and driving north to check out the Daintree Rainforest Discovery Centre, among other things. To get that far we had to cross the Daintree River on the famous Daintree River Ferry, which operates on a chain/pulley system. The Discovery Centre was great, with loads of information about the Daintree Rainforest, which just happens to be the oldest rainforest in the world, no less...!!! You move around the forest on raised walkways, which are at various levels throughout the area. There was also a viewing tower with four levels so you could see what goes on at different heights from forest floor right up to the canopy above.
We then returned to the ferry and drove into Daintree Village itself. A lovely little place, where we had some lunch at the Daintree General Store, a combined restaurant, newsagent, post office, general store and travel/trip agents...!!! Only in Australia, ehh...? I had a Crocodile Burger, which tasted a bit like soft chicken. I so wanted to say "G’day mate, gimme a crocodile burger, and make it snappy"... but somehow I resisted the urge! While sitting outside waiting for our lunch, we watched a Ulysses Butterfly taking nectar from the flowering plants nearby. This butterfly is at least 10cm across, and is a stunning iridescent blue colour with black swallow tails. Why, oh why, don’t we have stuff like this back home?
After topping our tanks up we headed off, back towards Port Douglas, to our final stop of the day at Mossman Gorge. Luckily they have recently done a lot of eco friendly work here, to allow easier and safer access to the rainforest and the two rivers that shaped the gorge. A Swing Suspension Bridge has been erected and a two kilometre walk has been created through the forest itself. The two rivers are amazing, with fast flowing water cascading over the massive rocks and boulders. We decided to do the walk, it was great, but by the end of it we felt more like it was a 20k walk, not just a 2k one. It was very humid, and to say we were all perspiring is a bit of an understatement! That was our day pretty much done, so it was back to the apartment for a meal of all the left over grub in the fridge... yum, yum...!!! We then did our packing, ready for another early start in the morning!
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Jules on

Hey, you guys look like you are having a fantastic time. The rain forest and barrier reef look amazing.... hope the trip is everything you thought it would be, it certainly looks that way at the mo..

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