A day in the rainforest

Yesterday I went on a day trip with Active Tropics Explorer to Daintree National Park, north of Cairns. I was picked up from my hostel at 7.25am and returned there about 11 hours later. The tour guide, Drew, was very friendly and impressively knowledgeable.

The drive along the coast was really pretty, and we saw lots of wallabies, but I’ve yet to see a wild cassowary. I was excited to see some crocodiles during our 45-minute cruise on the Daintree River. We even saw some 14-week-old babies, which were quite cute miniature versions of their mother. We also saw a tree snake.

We went for a walk through the rainforest which was really good. Some of the ferns were ginormous, and haven’t changed since dinosaurs were around. We had a brief visit to the beach before lunch at Cape Tribulation, and then we stopped at the Daintree Ice Cream Company for some delicious refreshment in four exotic flavours including wattleseed.

We went to a lookout point to see the coastline and the mouth of the Daintree River, and then we went to Mossman Gorge. We learned a lot about Aboriginal culture from Rodney, who was half European. I was a bit disappointed because, although his talk was interesting, I’d expected something that felt slightly more authentic. We drove back to Cairns via Port Douglas, an attractive resort town.

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