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To the end of the line – Cape Tribulation   2 comments

The final leg of our long journey. Across the broad Daintree River by ferry to the heart of the Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation.

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The Daintree is the oldest Rainforest on Earth and when you step – well – drive, off the ferry, you certainly get that impression. It’s often said that this is the end of the civilised world heading north in Queensland and whilst not strictly true (you can drive inland around to Cooktown further north) it certainly feels remote. The road is narrow and twisting, signs of civilisation sparse and the forest dark and dense. The whole area is off-grid as it were. No mains power, no reliable mobile signal, no luxury hotels. A whole world apart from the cosmopolitan Port Douglas where we’d come from.  As if to welcome us to this ancient land we saw our first Cassowary. After all the effort we made in Mission Beach, here was one just wandering about in the road, completely oblivious.

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Not great photos as it had pithered into the forest by the time I’d got my camera out but we were chuffed to bits to see one at last

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We were staying at the Ferntree Rainforest Lodge (review here) in a little timber clad house in the forest.

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After a brief explore we were straight down to the beach for a sunset stroll.

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Off the grid it may be but this whole coast and it’s beaches are magnificent. We’d been lucky to stroll on some pretty amazing beaches right throughout our trip but the one’s here were a class apart. A few little tasters here but I took hundreds of beach photos so I’ll dedicate a couple of posts to them later – they deserve special attention.

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This post will focus on some of the other delights the region has to offer and there are plenty. Insect life for a start. This little fella was waiting for us when we got back from our evening meal.

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When we woke the next morning there was the most terrible noise in the trees above us. At first I thought it was birds but on closer inspection it was bats – hundreds of them. Spectacled Flying Foxes to be precise and they hung there, squabbling and bitching for the whole of our stay.

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If you look at the top middle of the next photo you can see them roosting (or whatever bats do) in the trees

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Most jungles have Monkeys but there are none in Australia so the bats make up for that. They really are rather splendid and cute if you don’t mind the leathery wings. It was great having their company for the stay

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There are numerous boardwalks through the rainforest and Mangroves and the local one is the Dubuji. The rainforest and Mangroves are magnificent. Towering trees and palms and an extraordinary variety of plant life.

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My one regret is that we didn’t see the forest at its best. In winter it’s pretty dry and relatively cool so the animal and birdlife isn’t quite as prolific as it is in the “wet”. Everyone kept telling us about how oppressive, humid and unbearable Tropical North Queensland is in the summer but it must be worth seeing the forest in all its splendour.

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The weather was stunning while we were here and we took time out to enjoy the splendid free-form pool

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We took an afternoon visit to the local Tropical Fruit Farm for a tasting session (review here). These were the fruits we tried

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It’s been a while but my memory of each one is:

Tahitian Lime – well just like limes but made a very nice cold drink

Pommelo – like a large very sweet grapefruit

Yellow Sapote – a bit too mushy and banana-like for me

Carambola – Don’t remember! 🙂

Solo Papaya – very sweet and tasty

Sapodilla – dark brown with a texture like a plum and a taste like Muscovado sugar

Yellow Mangosteen – my favourite, very juicy like a Mango but very sour

Longan – like a Lychee and resembling an eyeball when peeled

Jaboticaloa – another favourite, very sweet and juicy, not unlike a grape

Alemoya – one of the custard apple family, very mushy and sweet, almost sickly

A really fascinating afternoon finished off with a trip round the orchards to see some of the other fruits

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Jaboticaloa (unripe)

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Yellow Sapote

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Jackfruit

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Custard Apple

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And and ants nest stitched together from the leaves

Regular readers know of the family passion for swinging about in the trees and there’s a chance to to do it here in the rainforest with Jungle Surfing.

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The instructors are a pretty zany bunch and while there are no tree climbing obstacles there are several zip wires through the canopy with stupendous views.

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Everything kicks off with the “Hamster Wheel”. the first two people run around like household pets to winch the next group up to the first tree. Great fun and embarrassing all at the same time.

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Needless to say it’s a total blast whizzing through the trees including being “encouraged” to hang upside down on the last run and behave like a salmon – the things we do for fun!

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The same people also organise a night walk through the rainforest. Very spooky and surreal it was too. You can hear the various animals moving about. Tree Kangaroos, Bandicoots and we caught a few eyes reflecting in torchlight but again not as much we’d hoped. The guide said that after 20 minutes in summer he’d have been able to show us at least 30 different types of insects. It must be amazing to see a rainforest in the rain. We did at least get sight of a huntsman spider, cockroaches, frogs and a beautiful juvenile lizard.

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Once we got back we opened the door to the lodge and saw something large scurrying about on the floor. For a fearsome moment I though it was a spider but in fact it was a very large cockroach. A few minutes were spent chasing it round with the old glass/card trick before we cornered it under the fridge and put it back outside.

We we were here for nearly 4 days and loved the place. It has a very hippyish, bohemian vibe, guitars on the beach that sort of thing. There was so much more we could have done and in fact did do. It was the beaches that are the real star though so more of that to come

 

Jurassic Park – The Daintree River   4 comments

For all you movie goers out there, no need to wait until the release of Jurassic Park IV. I can give you a taster right now. For, in Tropical North Queensland there are real living dinosaurs!!

Well almost. The Daintree river is is final barrier to northward coastal travel in Queensland and boat trips along its lazy course are a popular local excursion to see its varied wildlife. We chose Solar Whisper Tours and my review is here. We were fed with biscuits and local tea from the rainforest before we to jumped on board.

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It’s a stunning place. Mangroves and rainforest overhanging a broad and muddy river, backed by towering mountains. The guide was hugely knowledgeable and his solar-powered boat pretty much silent, allowing you to really get the feel of the place without it feeling like a brash and noisy tour. Almost immediately we were up close to a local Egret (Large or Intermediate, I’m not sure) fishing on the muddy banks.

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And then we saw our first dinosaur. Lazing on the mud bank, a few hundred yards and a few minutes walk from where I left the car was a 3.5m Saltwater Crocodile

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Now clearly they are not dinosaurs in the true sense of the word but I’m not quibbling. Crocs have been around, and are little changed, since the age of the dinosaurs. It really is rather hard to explain what it’s like being this close to a top predator and carnivore in its natural habitat. We were no more than 10 feet away in the boat and it’s quite a sensation looking into the cold eyes of a killer.

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They are very territorial and easily recognisable to locals. This one is called Dusty, a female who lives in this lower stretch of the river. By local standards she’s just a mid-size one but all the same she’s magnificent

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We moved on up the river, spotting the birdlife which while plentiful is extremely hard to capture in a photo

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We also spotted a couple of young juvenile Crocs hiding in amongst the vegetation. This one is about a metre long, capable of giving you a nasty nip if you give him a chance.

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We took a side branch where the water shallowed and the banks closed in. Dense vegetation and orchids clinging to the branches. Everything you expect from a jungle river.

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Then ahead I caught sight of a mud bank with a jagged edge. The tail of another of the rivers Crocs. This one is Elizabeth. Much larger than Dusty she’d been engaged in a territorial battle with another female called Margaret and had won. This was now her patch of river

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She looks rather smug and self-satisfied with that grin don’t you think.

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If you look at the mud you can see the claw marks where she hauled herself out. Must be something to see them in action rather than at rest. Everyone on the boat was silent, speechless and transfixed. Elizabeth just has that look that says “I know you are there, and this is my domain. Step out of that boat at your peril”. An extraordinary experience.

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One of the smaller and less deadly creatures of the forest is the Azure Kingfisher. We had one for company most of the trip but as it flits about the branches it’s hard to get a clear shot. These is my best effort.

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As we emerged from the far end of the creek the views opened and were truly spectacular. The silent river, the mountains, forest and its residents all there for us to enjoy.

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We drifted down the river heading for home again. Dusty had moved down to waters edge and had decided to give us a much more fearsome look. I can’t recall now whether she had opened her jaws to cool down or warm up but whatever she looked terrifying. Being able to see right into that gaping mouth was a jaw dropper – or jaw opener as it were. The light wasn’t great so the photos aren’t the best but I think they give you the impression. She wasn’t doing anything terribly ferocious, just laying there, motionless with her mouth open but it was enough to make me shudder

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The big resident of the area is called Scarface. Apparently he was out and about earlier in the day but he was now somewhere under the water. Quite a sobering thought as he’s a 4.5 specimen. Crocs can sink to the river bottom and pretty much shut down their main body systems and lay dormant down there for hours. Hopefully

Our boat was 15m long and 3m wide so far too big for any Croc to take on. However our guide pointed out a couple of fishermen on the banks in a tiny, tinny boat and said that Scarface could have that one over in a flash. Most croc attacks and fatalities are a result of the victim doing something dim. Swimming in a river where Crocs are resident, fishing with feet dangling in the water, fishing from tiny little boats, that sort of thing (another Croc story coming in a later post).

Most Aussies are very dismissive of the stated dangers of their native wildlife, spiders, snakes, sharks and the like. The normal reaction is that dangers are way over-stated. We were lucky enough to go on several nature walks with well-informed guides who repeated this view. When it comes to Crocs however their mood changes. Even Australians are scared of Crocs and that’s saying something. They are intelligent, patient and perfectly engineered hunters within their own domain. The fact they are little changed over millions of years tells you that. Our guide told us that if you go fishing in a Crocs territory at the same day and time regularly he’ll work you out and one day he’ll be waiting for you. Now that’s scary. They deserve and get ultimate respect. I was and still am completely overwhelmed having seen these predators in their natural environment, a few hundred yards from the car

We finished off with another display by the local Egret and a last lingering view across the water to the Daintree Rainforest.

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We were only out for just over an hour but it was an hour I don’t think I’ll forget in a hurry. Much better than the film 🙂

Back from Travels with my Family   12 comments

Been a bit quiet on here the past few weeks and I bet you were all wondering where I’d gone. You were worried, I can tell as you’re all very caring readers, I can see that from here.

Well, after a year and half of planning and anticipation we went to Queensland, Australia for a month and what an amazing time we had. I’m still sifting through photos and in fact I’m still several posts behind from my pre-holiday antics so it will be a few weeks before I start to write up all the fantastic stuff we got up to.

In advance of that here’s a bit of taster of what’s to come and the places – and wildlife – we saw

Whale Watching at Hervey Bay

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Fraser Island

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Lady Elliot Island

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Eungella National Park

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The Whitsunday Islands

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Magnetic Island

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Mission Beach & Dunk Island

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Port Douglas & the Great Barrier Reef

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Daintree River

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Cape Tribulation and Far North Queensland.

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But first, back to Shropshire, The Elan Valley and the Lleyn Peninsula………

 

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