As far north as we'll be.
23.07.2010 25 °C
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Here is the Dubuji Boardwalk.
The Cairns Botanic Gardens.
Our First Home in Australia
North to Port Douglas and the Big 4 Glengarry camp ground. Here are some shots to the site and a good look at our van that we’ve rented.
Tent is Finally Up!; Allore-Mobile Australia
On the way up we noticed a couple of spots where smoke was coming from trees along the highway. None of the locals seemed to be bothered, so we just hoped that we didn’t need to worry. Once we arrived at Glengarry Big 4 we set up camp we had lunch and then Ayden and Claire swam in the pool for close to 2 hours. It is a nice pool, but Gwen and Paul did not stay in that long.
People here are friendly and willing to suggest touristy things to do around the area. One area different people had recommended was Mossman Gorge. And it is gorge(ous)
Mossman Gorge, Nice photo eh? Gwen took it; Mossman Gorge, Claire, Paul and Ayden; Mossman Gorge
We did a hike of about 3.4km and saw some amazing Red Tulip oak trees
,a giant fig tree and these incredible vines. We saw one vine that was visible for probably 50 feet. Neither end of the vine was visible and it was about the same diameter as your thumb, (no tapering), and green. Paul was tempted to do a Tarzan swing, but thought that falling and crashing into the gorge was not an appealing way to end his hike. At one point in the gorge you can actually go swimming. Ayden and Claire could not be coaxed into jumping in, and well truth be told, neither could the adults. After the gorge we drove into Port Douglas and went to 4 Mile Beach. This is the sign that greeted us.
We didn’t like the look of it, so we didn’t swim. Later we found out that it would have been safe to swim, but we don’t think we’ll take any crazy chances here with the jellies, crocs, casawaries, spiders and snakes that are apparently around, but no one seems to be to concerned with them. Gwen prepared a picnic lunch which we ate at a picnic table in the 35 knot winds while a little lizard eyed Gwen’s food with desire. We’ve been wanting to book a tour on the Great Barrier Reef, but have heard that the winds are making many people sick. Once out on the reef, there is no problem. We’ll wait a few days to book our outing. Hopefully the winds will die down. If not, we’ll load up on gravol and give it a go.
This is the day we would drive as far north on the eastern coast as you can without using a four wheel drive vehicle. Cape Tribulation was the destination, but it was only a small part of the trip.
The first interesting point, other than sugar cane fields and lush vegetation, was the Daintree Cable Ferry. For $21 AU return, you are pulled along by a cable attached to a barge. You are not allowed out of your cars when on the ferry. Paul thought that with gators in the water, it was probably a precaution against accidental digestion of the passengers.
Gwen suggested we stop at Dubuji Boardwalk, just south of Cape Tribulation. The boardwalk provided us with views of vegetation piles for incubating bird eggs, fish in the swamp, mangrove trees, 16 species of palm trees, and much more. Kuku Yalanji are the indigenous people of this region and “Dubuji” means “Place of spirits”. Ayden actually swung from a vine like George of the Jungle. Probably shouldn’t have, but he did and it was kind of funny.
Razor Sharp Grass
Once again, Gwen suggested we just take a stroll over to this other path. It lead to Meyall Beach(SP?) and once again, we were awarded with fantastic views of beach, exposed coral, crabs and an octopus that shutterbug Ayden got some great shots of.
The short trip from there to Cape Tribulation was so fast, that we drove past the entrance and in fact took the four-wheel drive road for about a km before Paul agreed with Gwen that he should turn around. The cape was beautiful and it was exhilarating to know that you really could not go any further on the east coast of Australia with a four wheel drive vehicle. We were 16.005 degrees from the equator. This is likely the closest to the equator on earth that we will ever be.
Even though the day was overcast and not very hot, we decided to stop off at the Daintree Icecream Store. We bought icecream with four flavours, blueberry, pineapple, black sopote and wattle fruit. There was a little self directed tour of the farm and the 24 different fruits they grow where the store was located. Gwen got some shocking photos of bananas. (Actually she got a shock from the electric fence surrounding the banana trees. I guess she got too close.)
Gwens electric bananas
We all had a laugh at that and Paul tried to convince the kids to test the fence to see what mummy had experienced. They wouldn’t go for it.