04 February 2012

Daintree Rainforest

Another of my favorite days spent in Australia - the Daintree Rainforest! If ever you make it out to Cairns, you have to take a day exploring the Daintree Rainforest, Port Douglas, etc - we went with Down Under Tours and had the most amazing time! We had the most hilarious guide, Shane, who picked us up from our hotel is the most amazing track truck/transformers/80's style vehicle! (pictures below when you keep reading.) We spent the first part of our day driving into the Daintree Rainforest to the "Discovery Centre" (sounds like a kids' play area, right?), where we had a cuppa scalding hot Daintree Tea (delicious!) and got to walk around - high above - the rainforest floor. It was so vast, green and beautiful - and here, you will see all kinds of bug life, plants and, maybe, animals.

Our awesome bus for the day!


A field where they grow Daintree Tea

Our next stop for the day was at Cape Tribulation - where 2 World Heritage sites meet: The Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest. Christy and I spent the better part of the afternoon dodging the sun, looking for any patch of shade that we could find due to our intense sun burns from the Reef. But, nevertheless, we did take a little walk along the beach and into the rainforest, spotting dangerous looking bugs along the way.

    Christy and a really big Daintree...fly? moth?           I loved seeing vines growing every which way

We also had the opportunity to take a Daintree River Cruise, where we got in a tiny little boat, searching for crocodiles, frog, snakes...pretty much any animal we wouldn't get near if it weren't for the boat...

Baby Croc (middle of the photo, on the tree branch) we saw

Cute little tree frog

Aaaand, Shane. One of the best Australian guides we had

Lastly, at the end of our long day out in the Rainforest, we made a stop at Mossman Gorge on the way home. It was very quiet here, like you had the place to yourself, and the skies that threatened rain added to the eerie feeling of the place. Here, we saw some wild turkeys, learned about how trees' roots are close to the surface because of the lack of rain (they want to be sure to grab any bit that falls), all the while listening to Shane's hilarious (but also helpful and informative!) commentary.

An awful quality clip, but some of Shane's commentary nonetheless:

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