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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

WHERE THE RAINFOREST MEETS THE SEA

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.

The next morning the five of us joined 14 other people and boarded the small 4 wheel drive bus and  drove through magnificent rainforest and the Great Dividing Range. Every now and then peeping through the rainforest we could see the beach and the ocean. This is called the Daintree Rainforest. It is the oldest rainforest on the planet and it grows right down to the beach. It is able to do this due to the heavy rainfall which washes nutrients down to the beach.

Although Cairns is the most northern city in Queensland, there are smaller towns on the way to the tip. The first town we stopped in was Port Douglas, which has been developed into a high class tourist resort. The rich and famous from all over the world come to stay here in posh hotels or they park their million dollar boats in the marina. Its attractions are deep sea fishing, diving on the Great Barrier Reef and rainforest excursions.
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.

Our bus went across the river on a ferry. No bridges up here. We climbed aboard and continued through this ancient forest until we came to our accommodation for the night. A beautiful cabin resort in the jungle. Before dinner we were taken on a walk through the forest. The lady in this photo who was on our tour is the mother of Aussie movie star, Shane Jacobson.

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.

27 comments:

  1. Beautiful tour in the rainforest, the mangrove swamp looks spooky indeed.

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  2. Nice commentary. We drove up to Cape Trib and enjoyed that walk too.

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  3. Diane, this trip is just getting better and better. You wouldn't find me too close to that croc either.

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  4. It's lovely there, have been there but not to the top yet!

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  5. I loved my time in Port Douglas. That salt croc looks huge. Wouldn't like to come across him by accident.

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  6. WOW I am so impressed with these photos I felt like I was right there. This had to have been the best trip. B

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  7. oh my word, diane, what a beautiful pictorial tour in the rainforest.
    thank you for taking us along with you!

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  8. I love the church and the beach looks fine. Not so the saltie. I've not seen the red bamboo ever, but I did enjoy Kenny in the movie. It all looks so great, until I remember the heat and humidity.

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  9. this rainforest looks a lot like our swamps here in Florida and Georgia.. we also have a road that split around 3 big oak trees.. glad they preserved the trees. that is one big crocodile. i was not aware there are saltwater crocs.. now i know.

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  10. the croc is spooky, for sure! love the red bamboo. very pretty!

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  11. Wow ! what a beautiful trip ! Of course posh people know where it is beautiful !
    I don't understand why you didn't want to be the crocodiles breakfast ?

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  12. Fascinated by the red bamboo. I've never seen it before. What an interesting place to spen a night.

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  13. What a tour --or should I say, several tours all in one!!!!! You saw EVERYTHING on this trip, didn't you?

    Loved that little church.. I'm fond of little churches and we see quite a few of them when we travel...

    The mangrove swamp does look spooky.....

    Thanks for sharing.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  14. Love that the rainforest extends to the ocean..how lovely ! Eating with a chorus of frogs accompanying sounds wonderful.

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  15. What a lovely place! You two really get to some wonderful and exotic looking places. I love 'traveling' with you through your photos, so enjoyable. Thanks Diane!
    Denise
    An English Girl Rambles

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  16. You have such amazing adventures and I didn't know there was any such thing as red bamboo! Who knew?!

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  17. Great commentary on your trip and it sounds like quite an amazing trip. So glad to hear you were In the boat with the zoom lens around that croc. It did look very big. Also the mangrove swamp looked like a place I might be a bit spooked by.

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  18. Whimp that I am, I keep looking for snakes! Besides the croc, were there other beasties out to get you?

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  19. You are so lucky to ba able to travel so much and we are so lucky that you share with us all the great adventures you have

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  20. This sounds like a fascinating tour through the rainforest. Your first picture of the sea is absolutely stunning. I enjoyed the story about the tree that was saved by the protesters.

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  21. Thank you Diane for the amazing tours you give those of us who are armchair travellers at this point in our lives. I am always impressed by your detailed description of your photos and the history you share. Looking forward to following you on another great adventure!

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  22. That's a big friend in the mod. Like the beach, top if you can live in such a region.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  23. I always wondered what a mangrove swamp looked like. Rainforest, swamp - so exotic to my eyes.

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  24. I'm really enjoying this trip north. You've sparked off the memory of one of my nephews who was one of those fanatical greenies.

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  25. This reminds me of the Florida everglades! Such unusual sights and experiences, Diane

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  26. The rainforest is so beautiful! And I'm glad the townspeople saved the old church.

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