Back to another location we’ve already been and another tour that was better than last time! We went exploring the oldest Rainforest in the world. The Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation.
Our tour for the day was hosted by Rainforest Spirit. It was to include Mossman Gorge, the Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation. Pretty full on for a day tour.
Mossman Gorge & The Crocodile Cruise
Our pick up was an early one, we had to meet up at 06:50. Once we were in the bus, it wasn’t long before we were on the road and heading to our first stop… Mossman Gorge. Unfortunately, once we actually got there, it had been closed. Literally the day before. Take a wild guess at the reason. Corona Virus. Sick of hearing about it. Our guide, Terry, adapted to the situation very well and took us to a waterfall that he knew about. Also closed/ no through road. Again, Terry adapted to the situation well and we continued on. We stopped at every lookout and listened to Terry’s vast knowledge on the Rainforest. Our first official stop was for the crocodile cruise which was pretty cool, even though we had done it before. We saw 2 different crocs and more than a few flying foxes! We got dropped off on the other side of the Daintree River and that was us, officially in the Rainforest.
Daintree Rainforest & Cape Tribulation
Once we got into the Rainforest, we drove up towards where we were going to get lunch. Upon arrival, we ordered our food and got a little surprise. As the place we were at was also a wildlife rehabilitation facility, we got to feed some wallabies! As everyone is was having lunch, I noticed the owner putting snakes out on the lawn and on trees for them to chill out for the day. Most people were a bit afraid of the snakes but they were harmless as long as you didn’t start touching them. After lunch, we made our way to Cape Tribulation. Captain James Cook’s first ‘unofficial’ landing in Australia as his boat hit some of the reef and had to be repaired. It’s a beautiful beach… until there’s a downpour from the heavens. Luckily, Terry made the most of a bad situation, got us some umbrellas and taught us how to open coconuts. He pulled me up to help out and have a shot at it, probably ‘cause I was the only male on the tour. Once we opened the coconut, we got to eat the inside and it was delicious. After a few walks amongst mangroves and the trees, we were back on the bus again. We began heading back to Cairns but not before a stop for ice cream. Absolutely delicious. We got back to Cairns for about 7:15pm so it was a pretty long, full on day. Definitely worth it. Even though we never saw a Cassowary, we can always come back though…
Our Guide, Terry
I don’t normally do this but I feel Terry deserves the recognition he deserves. He normally runs the Rainforest Spirit ‘Waterfalls Tour’ and it was his first time doing the Daintree Rainforest & Cape Tribulation one. Despite that and the number of challenges he faced along the way, he improvised and adapted well to every situation. He brought personality and humour to our tour and made it a very personal experience. Especially for us anyway. If you’re lucky enough to get Terry as a guide, you’re sure to have an epic tour.
That’s all for this tour and also, the last one that we’ll have already done. From here on, it’s new territories for us! Quite literally, we’re heading to the Northern Territory soon. I’ve uploaded a few photos below, have a wee look and let me know what you think! Would you go anywhere near those animals?
Thanks for reading,