After our Savannahlander Train Tour and the Paronella Park Tour we then joined a 12 day bus tour from Cairns to the tip of Australia at Cape York. To visit the tip of Australia is an adventure because you have to go through very remote, wild country with rough roads and creek crossings.
We had to change hotels from where we were staying to meet the tour group. The streets of Cairns are lined with beautiful tropical plants. The most unusual was the bright red stalks of the red bamboo plant.Our friend, Mary, flew from from Brisbane and joined us for this tour.
St Mary's by the sea was originally built in Grant St in 1881, it was destroyed by a cyclone in 1911 and rebuilt in 1914. By 1986 it was the only remaining church after developers bulldozed the town to turn it into a resort. The townspeople fought to keep the church but they had to raise the money to move it to its new site and restore it themselves.
Unfortunately we had grey skies but it was an idillic tropical scene here at Port Douglas where we had morning tea before pushing on through the Daintree Forest.
We stopped at the Daintree River and we went on a cruise. We saw many different birds. (sorry I can't remember their names)
This is what we wanted to see. Big salt water crocodiles. I used the zoom from the boat. Don't think for a moment that I was standing near it.
We passed many beautiful plants but then..........
we entered a mangrove swamp. It was quiet, dark and spooky.We returned to our accommodation which is set in the jungle. We ate dinner in an open gazebo with a loud chorus of frogs and other wildlife noises. It was quite exotic.