Plenty of trees in the Dain!

Trip Start Jan 22, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Sunday, May 1, 2011

We had a reasonably quick drive from Townville to Cairns, it feels so easy when we are not towing the van for a change. (bizzare to be able to see stuff behind us!)
After a quick stop for lunch, we were soon arriving in The Daintree. The drive was really interesting, following the coast, (stopping for a (very quick) pee on a 'croc beach')  thenvwe began to wind up the mountainsides.

The Daintree 'township' is tiny, pretty much consisting of a few cafes, a row of info centres and tour booking operators. We stopped to get maps and some sound advice regarding where to take the kids, then off to the ferry... just a little car carrier this time, (we scored the last cross for free day!) to get us across the river and further into the rainforest.

Our first stop was a beautiful section of forest, with an easy walking track and boardwalk for the kids. It was really interesting to read about the different trees and plants growin there, and to see there obvious dependancy on each other to survive and thrive.

We found it funny that one minute we were surrounded by rainforest, next it would be a tea plantation, then bananas! There were also letterboxes every now and then, and hundreds of acres for sale... Very confusing...

There was a great little cafe right on the beach... the only spot where the rainforest meets the sea apparently. We wandered down to the water and found heaps of fun. There were crazy little crabs burrying themselves everywhere, but balling the sand into tiny mounds as they dug!! It took us a moment or two to work it out...

Phoenix and I had been searching for the perfect driftwood for a project we have planned, and this place had heaps! The beautiful, sea-bleached type, so we gathered the best bits and stashed them in the car!!!

We wrote our names in the sand, and the kids had a great time running, dancing and leaping over the stream running down from the rainforest into the sea. You still don't swim, unless you feel like being croc food, but it was a really pretty spot to play, and look back at the view of the looming rainforest mountains.

Back across the ferry on the way home, then drove home backed by the setting sun.

The following day we had a good look around Cairns. Although small, it's a little more touristy, and again, the ocean is not used for swimming... there is a big, sand edged pool alongside the main street for all the would-be-swimmers!

Well, thanks Far North Qld, we have enjoyed our visit! Mwah x

Love from Felicity and the rest of the Thommos xxx
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Lex on

This looks like an awesome place, missing you guys x

par on

you have missed most of the best bit there to see in the whole of Australia that are along that bit of coast

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