Tropical Getaway – Part 9

A dream of my eldest daughter has been to visit the Daintree Forest. It’s touted as where the rainforest meets the reef, as it grows right up to the beach which is off the Great Barrier Reef’s northern tip. It’s also the world’s oldest rainforest. Lush and emerald green and tranquil. It is quite a sight to see and well worth the two and half hour drive from Cairns. It’s all bitumen roads and a ferry to get across the Daintree River. All quite civilised, my last trip 9 years ago, it was all still a bit rugged. My first attempt back in 1980’s the ferry had been taken out by storms and I never made it to Cape Tribulation. Nice to have made it twice and this time with our cheeky daughters,

The Daintree is one of the best biologically diverse rainforests in the world. Home to a huge percentage of the entire country’s animal population. This includes 30% of Australia’s frog population, 65% of butterfly and bats and around 12,000 different insect species. As well as being diverse, the animals are unique.

There are lots of creek crossings and Alexandra Lookout as well which gives you a great view of the Daintree River heading at to sea. We had lunch at the Daintree Visitors centre (not much else around) and spent the afternoon exploring, Thornton beach, Cow Bay, Oliver’s Creek and more.

This is just a small sampling of the images I took…and believe it or not we are still on Day 4 of our trip!

~ Julz