It rains in the rain forest?
20.02.2007 - 27.02.2007 27 °C
Our time in Cairns is coming to a close. We have our last adventure planned for the Daintree rain forest and a river boat cruise. Unfortunately, the weather isn't on our side. It was raining at 6:45 (yes AM) when the coach came to pick us up.
The drive out the the rain forest included several stops to pick up other guests so it took about 2:30 before we finally got to our first stop. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and gave us details the whole way up.
We finally stopped at a river bend down river from where we were heading. Lucky for us the rain had a break in it so we could explore. As it turns out this part of the rain forest is regrowth so wasn't natural but had grown back quick densely.
The next stop after seeing many sugar cane and other crops that did well in this part of the state we had a very nice lunch and a visit to another beach. While it was pouring (with a capital P) when we arrived after a delicious lunch the rain again gave us a break to explore the beach which looked like the Swiss Family Robinson could have lived there.
Next stop the Daintree River Cruise. This stop started dry but after the normal break for tea and cookies we headed down to the river boat. This is open boat with a cover but no cover on the sides or front. This was all well and good until another heavy shower approached the river. This were no where to go so we drove right through the front. We all ended up quite wet but the effort was rewarded. We saw a few crocodiles and a king fisher the was quite brightly colored.
The bus driver/tour guide met us at the ferry crossing on the other side of the river and off we went to the Daintree rain forest. This was slightly different from the rain forest at Kuranda in that much of it had been logged earlier in the 19th and 20th centuries so much of this was regrowth. It was lush and thick and green but not as tall as Kuranda.
The drive home was long since we were the last drop almost 13 hours after we started but it was a good end to very exciting adventures in Cairns.
Tomorrow we head for Brisbane then drive to our next stop Port MacQuararie.