Cairns to Cape Tribulation
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October 13th, 2008 – by: annexaviera
A bit of wiki info about the 2 areas:
Cairns developed into a railhead and major port for the exportation of sugar cane, gold, precious metals and agricultural industries from the surrounding coastal and Tableland regions.
Cape Tribulation is part of the World Heritage Wet Tropics. The traditional owners of the area are the Kuku Yalanji people. The cape was named by British explorer Lt. James Cook on 10 June 1770 after his ship ran aground on a reef near the site, "because here began all our Troubles".
We took a bus tour up to Cape Tribulation at 7:30am Friday. We drove out of the city and through sugar cane fields, banana plantations and small towns until we got to Mossman Gorge where we had a short rainforest walk. We then had to get a ferry to cross the Daintree river and enter the national park. We stopped at a zoo on the way too where we saw some crocs, birds, snakes and salt water crocs. The Cassowary bird is very territorial and will chase you and sometimes kill people who are on his turf. (They can gut people with the blade that grows out of the top of their head.)
Our B&B was appeared to be completely built from hand carved wood by the owner (even the kitchen counter and cupboards). The building had no proper interiors - it really was outdoor living and relied on battery power and solar panels. (Everywhere in Cape Tribulation is like this.
Friday afternoon, I went to Mason's swimming hole which is this fresh water pond in the rainforest with a tarzan swing. It was beautifully pure, you could drink the water. We then had a great meal at Whet.
Saturday we left on the Rum Runner boat for a day on the Great Barrier Reef. This was so amazing. It took an hour to get to the reef during which time we had coffee and went over some preliminaries (my first dive). The first dive you can never forget.
On Sunday we did another short walk through the rainforest and went to the beach. The water is incredibly warm compared to Sydney. At 2pm we got picked up by our bus for our journey back to Cairns.
Back in Cairns we had a good night out and then Sunday we just wandered around the shops and restaurants since it was too windy for the skydiving. Cairns is not very picturesque but it has a nice relaxed vibe about it. Sydney feels cold now! but hopefully not long until summer is fully underway.
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