Yesterday we started the day by sunbathing by the pool as it was boiling with bright blue sky, however it started to rain and we eventually have up on the sun coming out, though i still managed to get burnt shins in the 20 minutes of sun!
Today was an early start, as we had a trip up to cape tribulation planned. I had hoped the weather would perk up but it was raining.. To be fair cairns is very topical and is just coming out of it's rainy season. We were picked up from our hostel and there were several other people on the bus, a really nice girl called sarah and 2 girls from Denmark. Anyway the bus took about 2 hours to get to our first stop, the Mossman Gorge in the Daintree Rainforest. It was amazing to be in a real life rainforest for the first time! It was so humid and sticky though. We spent about half an hour there, and there was a swing bridge we went on which goes over the gorge which was quite cool. We then stopped at the Daintree Wildlife Sanctuary, here we stroked a baby kangaroo!! Also an emu, which pecked at my hand and then followed us round for most of our walk. There were some birds, wallabies and lots of crocs!! There were also some nasty snakes.. After having a quick snack we went further up the coast to another part of the rainforest and our guide took us through talking about all the different trees. We then dropped the two Danish girls at the hostel in Cape Tribulation. We had lunch on Cape Tribulation beach, we then wanted to put our feet in the sea so ran and did that even though there were stinger signs and crocodile ones! The beach was lush, the rainforest literally came right up to the beach, unfortunately the amazing view was again tinted by it being cloudy! We went back to the bus and went to make a toilet stop at the beaches loos, which were in the rainforest, they looked at bit dodgy when we arrived but we went in, anyway the loo becca was about to go in, I happened to look above to the ceiling and there was an absolutely ginormous spider. Literally huge with a massive body and a yellow spot. Anyway I said ahh spider and emms and becca and this little lady who was also on the tour all got freaked out looking for it, they ten spotted it and we then all ran screaming back along the wooden walk to the bus, much to the amusment of our aboriginal tour guide and other people on the tour! We then were just laughing at ourselves histerically for being so embarassing, but it was actually horrible!! Anyway after that encounter we went to pick up people who had been left the day before at the hostel, only to find the two Danish girls had got to their room seen a massive spider in the doorway and decided to venture no further so ended up coming back with us anyway! We went to Alexandra Lookout and saw the reef where Steve Irwin was killed by the stingray. We then had the crocodile cruise along the Daintree River. We saw one adult, and to get an idea of their length, their back legs are in the middle of their body!! We then saw a 4 year old one and then some really cute baby ones who were about a year old and were so tiny! All were sitting along the bank, but I spotted a baby one swimming and we stopped the boat for some pictures! It was then time for the journey home and we drove back through Port Douglas which was a nice town and then along the Captain Cook Highway. Our guide had told us lots of interesting thongs along the way including lots of aboriginie legend. I will write the story down another day as were about to eat and sleep as we have another early day tomorrow, going out to the reef!