My Big Adventure
Today we got up and headed into Cairns to pop to the supermarket to pick up some supplies and some breakfast. We then had a little look around in the daylight before jumping in our car and heading to Cape Tribulation. On our way we saw lots of birds and butterflies flying above us and saw a whole field of wallabies! We were even lucky enough to see a couple of eagles and cockatoos flying overhead. On our way we stopped off at Palm Cove and at a couple of lookouts to admire the amazing views and beaches. Palm Cove was a small little village on the front with the most amazing beach! Although I have a feeling all the beaches around here are pretty impressive! And the sea is to be avoided due to jellyfish and crocodiles. So we continued our journey on to Cape Tribulation and caught the chain ferry from Daintree to Cape Tribulation across croc infested water - although we didn't see any. We then continued up the road to Jindalba National Park where we had a picnic lunch in the Daintree rainforest, the world's oldest rainforest. We spotted ants, butterflies, potter wasps and a number of different birds that flew past at such a speed we couldn't identify them. After lunch we took the short drive down the road to the Daintree Discovery Centre where we walked on a boardwalk at different levels through the rainforest. We then took the 23 metre walk up the rainforest tower to the top of the canopy. A totally amazing experience to be on top of the canopy and to look over the rainforest. We didn't really see many birds or insects in the centre but I really enjoyed walking through the different levels of the rainforest. Before heading on to our beach house and accommodation for the evening we had a quick ice cream/coffee and then jumped back in the car to complete the rest of our journey. It took us about 20 minutes to get to the Cape Tribulation Beach House where we checked in and then took the short walk to our beach cabin. On our way down the path we saw an Australian Brush Turkey and then some wild boar that made me jump so very high as they heard our suitcases coming down the path and made a run for it. Upon arrival to our cabin, Ribbon Cabin number 2, we unlocked the door to see our room located approximately 10m from the sea. So we dropped off our bags and headed for a stroll along the beach front. The beach again was totally amazing and looked like you'd imagine paradise (sorry that sounded really cheesy). There were only a couple of other people there and as we walked onto and along the beach we saw the crabs hurrying for their holes in the sand, golden orb weaving spiders and lots of lovely and colourful butterflies. It was so peaceful and calm with only the sounds of the rainforest, which are pretty impressive. After our walk along the beach we popped back to the cabin and saw the boar again in the rainforest along with some butterflies, orange footed scrubfowl and a couple of metallic starlings. After a shower (it's pretty hot and humid in the rainforest) we headed to the bar for some dinner and drinks before a beach campfire! Unfortunately there were no marshmallows to toast but the conversation flowed so all was good.