Cape Trib To Port Douglas - Gummy

Trip Start Nov 01, 2004
Trip End Nov 01, 2005

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Thursday, February 17, 2005

Day 110 Thursday 17/02/05 Cape Tribulation - Port Douglas

We got up early to be picked up at 8 for sea kayaking - but it was cancelled due to rough seas! We instead walked out to Cape Tribulation where there is a lovely look out over Cape Tribulation beach. It really is a stunning area. We then walked over Cape Tribulation Point to find Myella beach. We headed back into the village and brunch at PKs before visiting the Bat House. The Bat House is a rescue centre for fruit bats. We met two lovely spectacled fruit bats - a very playful adult called Jasper and a young one called DeeDee. Fruit bats can cause a lot of damage to the surrounding fruit farms and various methods are used to cruelly control these lovely animals which the fruit farmers unsurprisingly consider pests. This centre rescues them and tries to release them back to the wild. The keep the ones that won't or can't leave - due to injury or just now too friendly with humans (Jasper was released but kept jumping down on people in the forest to introduce himself and chatter to them - which proved to be a little too scary). We had an ice-cream and waited to be collected by the bus. The bus stopped just over the Daintree where we boarded a boat and went crocodile hunting on the river - we spotted a couple of crocs but they didn't come too close. One of them was the famous Gummy. The guide told a lovely story about Gummy who had caught a dog some years ago - they tend to leave the food in the water to make them easier to eat when softer. He had a boat load of marshmallow carrying Americans (they feed marshmallows to alligators in Florida to tease them out) who were being quite American - Gee, is that it, are there no large crocodiles?? Suddenly Gummy jumps out of the water a couple of metres away with half a dog in his mouth and then swallows it in front of the now quiet Americans. He was quiet when we saw him though! We then took the bus to Mossman Gorge where we had a swim in the lovely Gorge. We then left for Port Douglas where we were staying the night. It's a lovely little town which is more set up for the richer tourist - a lovely main street of boutiques and posh restaurants. Very pictureskewy. We had a nice meal at our hostel before chilling for the evening.
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