It actually rains in the rainforest

Our first day tour from cairns was a trip up to Cape Tribulation and into the rainforest. Our guide Jimbo (spitting image of Jim Davidson) picked us up at 7am, bouncing with energy and blaring music from the bus. Jim made this trip for us, he was so enthusiastic and knowledgeable with some proper dad jokes along the way. Wish I’d put my camera down at times and written notes as I’m struggling to remember many of the things we were taught now.

First stop was Mossman Gorge where we had a welcome smoke ceremony with an aboriginal who put natural paints on our faces. A little walk around the fire and we are officially welcomed into Australia!

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Off to hunt some Wallabies
Off to hunt some Wallabies

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We went for a little walk through the rainforest and walked over the most horrific suspension bridge for some views of the Daintree river. Many people went for a little dip but I forgot my swimmies. Walking back to the bus the heavens opened and we got absolutely drenched!

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Searching for a platypus
Searching for a platypus

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Trying to shield from the rain
Trying to shield from the rain

We then continued our journey north and after a little wildlife boat trip to spot some crocodiles and cross the river, we arrived at cape tribulation beach. This is the only place in the world where two unesco heritage sights meet: the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest.

Colin the Croc
Colin the Croc

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After a well deserved lunch we went for another walk though the rainforest and Jim told us all about the different trees and plants. Genuinely never thought trees could be that interesting, completely different from anything I’ve seen before. We arrived back home about 7, tired and ready for bed!

favourite Jim joke: why cant pirates take panadol….because the parrots eat ’em all…..


 

the aboriginals used to make boomerangs from the roots of these trees
Walu Wugirriga lookout

 

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