This morning I was picked up from my hostel - Travellers Oasis, at 7.30am by the tour guide, Fraser. We collected the other 19 people and headed north of Cairns towards Cape Tribulation where "the rainforest meets the reef"!
We had a few stops along the way..
It was quite overcast today as they have got some bad weather recently, so I wasn't too disappointed about travelling in a bus.
In Port Douglas we visited a wildlife park where we saw a Casawari (bird kinda like an emu) and some other birds, cockatoo etc. Koalas, Crocodiles, a python (only a small one though, not half the size of the one we saw in Malaysia). We also saw Wallabies and of course, Kangaroos! There was a very special species of kangaroo called a Tree Kangaroo at this park though...weird looking kangaroo!
We headed for Mossman Gorge where we had a swim, the rapids were quite strong and high because of the rainfall over the last while.
We stopped and had lunch and then went on a boat ride down Daintree river. We saw a crocodile relaxing on the side of the riverbank, a tree snake and a small yearling croc on a tree branch beside the river.
On towards Cape Tribulation to a lookout where we could just about see the place where Steve Irwin - The crocodile hunter - was killed.
After that I was dropped off at my accommodation at the Beach House Resort.. nothin fancy.. on the beach though.
The beach looked fabulous, just how you would expect a tropical beach to look. You are not allowed to swim in the water though because of the jellyfish and the crocodiles.. saltwater crocs!
No phone coverage out here either!
Before I checked into my room Fraser pointed out a big spider making a web in the plants... can't remember it's name. It was big by Irish standards but apparently they can get alot bigger than what this one was. Fraser took a picture of me behind it, it looked like it was on my face!
That was the closest I had ever got to a spider that size, my hand was only a couple of centimetres away from it. She was very quiet though as long as there were no sudden movements!
Left my bags in the dorm, had a look at the beach, booked Jungle surfing for the morning and headed down the road to PK's for some food.. about a 25min walk. There are only a couple of places around here and there are no buses or taxis.
When I was eating, a local had a spider on his hand, it was like the one that I had a picture of earlier. He asked me if I'd like to hold it! At first I said NO WAY! He said it won't harm me, so... I let him put it on my arm.. it's legs were quite pointy on my skin, like a pin!
That was more than enough adventure for the day!