My next day trip took my north, to the world’s oldest rainforest (the Daintree Rainforest) for a hike and some croc spotting.
We started with a stop at Alexandra Range Lookout in the rainforest, for a lovely view.
We passed this speedbump sign, which has been beautifully altered. A classic scenario of Aussie humour.
And then we were in the rainforest for a short hike. Apparently this is the oldest rainforest in the world, with the Amazon coming in second. For some reason, I was a lot more on edge here, compared to when I was in the Amazon. I think it’s because there was a man-made path for us to walk on. I instinctively expect paths to be clear of things like spiders that can kill me, but obviously here they don’t care if there is a path or not, and I say many a fellow tourist almost walk right into a web. Whereas in the Amazon everything is natural and there are no paths so I just expect to see more dangerous animals cross my path, if that makes any sense.
As we made our way to the Daintree River for our crocodile cruise, we stopped by the Daintree Ice Cream Copmany for some fresh fruit ice cream from locally grown fruits. While there, we saw a baby cassowary! The biggest and most dangerous birds on the planet, the Daintree Rainforest is one of the places you can find these big birds. I didn’t get to see an adults in the wild, but it was cool to see the baby.
The cruise was good too – we saw a 1 year old and 3 year old croc. I was hoping for a big one, but at the end I;m just glad we saw some!
Our next stop was the Mossman Gorge, and it’s long and bouncy suspension bridge! This was the only stop that we were allowed to swim (due to crocs). I hadn’t planned on getting in the water, but it decided to rain so I got wet anyways.
And our last stop of the day was the Rex Range Lookout, just past Port Douglas on the way back to Cairns.
It was a good day. It wasn’t as good as it could have been as it was our guide’s first week on the job, but it definitely could have been worse, so all in all I was satisfied.