Cape Tribulation and Daintree - where the reef meets the rainforest
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I left the room around 7am before any of my dorm mates were up and waited outside the hostel for my excursion pick-up. The driver Brett was a real card and entertained us all well. After picking up all up we drove along the coastal road for about an hour until we finally reached the 'Croc Ferry' across the Daintree river. We searched up and down for about half an hour but sadly did not see any crocodiles, though we saw and heard much about mangroves and fruit bats that hung from the trees. We also heard lots of stories about people who had been killed or attacked by crocodiles in the area because of ignorance or stupidity. Cape Tribulation is where the reef meets the rainforest and it is well publicised how far the freshwater crocodiles extend towards the sea. Many people diving in the river for drunken dares, or trying to obtain photos with crocodiles hit the headlines with their fate!
Back on land we drove through rainforest searching for Cassowarys, large black birds with blue necks like ostrichs.
We then went to PK's Jungle Village, a hostel in the centre of C.
Brett then took us to another better beach that was not on the itinerary and here I decided to get in afterall. The water was warm like bath water and I felt none of the usual reluctance to get wet further than my legs! It was here that I started feeling the soreness of a bite and was perturbed to find that it had 2 puncture holes, not one, which is supposedly the sign of a spider bite rather than another insect bite. I showed Brett and he seemed unconcerned, explaining that it was probably a march fly, but I was slightly more worried knowing we were miles into the rainforest with no phone signal and at least 2 hours from Cairns.
We then headed to the Daintree Natural Ice Cream company which makes ice cream made daily from the latest ripe fruits of the harvest. Today it was a mixture of wattleseed, mango, black sapote and coconut. I didn't like the coconut or black sapote, which looks like a giant cooking apple, but the others were lovely.
We then went to the Mossman Gorge where again lots of people got in for a dip in the cooler water that trickled over the stones. By now I was getting tired from all the fresh air so I didn't get in and soon after we left supposedly for home.