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Port Douglas Day 3

Daintree Rainforest

This was another trip we thought may be cancelled due to the heavy rain. As I’ve mentioned these trips had to be cancelled before we arrived. But ours was going ahead not knowing whether we would be able to do all on the itinerary. The tour operator was Downunder Tours and our driver/guide was Daniel. He was a very knowledgeable person with a great sense of humour. It was another full on day. We were taken to a boat on the river with a different guide. There were 3 boats including ours - only small holding around 20. We saw 3 crocodiles Scarface, Lizzy and one other. They are very territorial and it’s a good job the river is large as we were told there were 100 living there. We also saw a Kingfisher. It just sat on a branch posing for us - and yes it was real. It has always been my wish to see one but I didn’t expect to travel all this way to get my wish. Our driver met us further down the river and drove onto have lunch at Noah’s Creek and the barbecue was lovely - steak, fish, sausage, salad, fruit. Very nice set up. Four days earlier the picnic tables we were using ended up being swept away by flood water 30 metres or so away due to the bad weather.
After lunch we were driven to Cape Tribulation, the only place in Australia where the rainforest and the reef meet. We walked along the beach and over mud (due to the heavy rain) to the forest. I must point our that Spencer actually gave me a piggy back as others were sinking in the mud. I was quite grateful as one poor girl sulked for the rest of the trip as her new trainers had got muddy. We walked through the rainforest being informed as to which plants were toxic and saw different insects, but no snakes, thank goodness. Went back to the bus, but oh no a flat tyre on the bus. Daniel spent the next half hour changing it. We then crossed the river by the ferry which had only just started running again. At this point it started to rain. We headed off to Mossman Gorge for afternoon tea, scone, cream and jam before walking to the gorge. By this time the rain was quite heavy and we got quite wet, but the falls were spectacular. This was another full on day and so glad we were lucky enough to do it.

Posted by JanSpencer 01:27

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