Well, it became quite obvious that the reason why the Daintree is called a rainforest is because it rains - A LOT! In fact, it rained for the 2 days and 2 nights we were at Cape Tribulation. Rain that fell all night and sounded like paper rustling as it dropped onto the foliage surrounding us and on the cabin roof (sometimes hard, sometimes soft). Rain that wet both the earth and the air and made everything depressingly damp. Rain that prevented us from walking to the forest swimming holes because of the slippery mud and waterlogged tracks. Rain that muted all the animals who, if they were around, were likely to have been huddled in little balls and suffering from cabin fever just like us...
Nevertheless, we got a chance to unwind as there was no mobile reception or wi-fi. I finished reading a book, we chatted with Heidi and Karen (the lovely Swiss travellers), played Scrabble (I kicked ass, of course), swam in the pool and ate some delicious food at the beach cafe. There was a brief break in the rainfall and we walked with Karen to the Cape Tribulation Lookout point.
Our bus arrived at 1pm on Sunday to pick us up for The return trip to Cairns. The first stop was the Daintree Ice-cream Factory where I had a huge bowl of fruity flavoured gelatos: exotic macadamia, wattle-seed (native Australian plant), mango and blueberry. Mmmmm, it was delicious!
We were then taken to a couple of lookout points but the skies were an angry dark grey and the sea was muddy brown - not very photogenic. Our final stop was at Mossman's Gorge, where we had an hour to walk around and dip our feet into the cool, green waters of the river. It was a beautiful setting and the scenery along the Captain Cook Highway as we drove back to Cairns was stunning.