Daily Archives: 29/06/2017

Nothing like a bit of rain to add spice to the first off-bitumen drive of the trip. After a reasonably short wait for the ferry to cross the Daintree River, we made a stop for a rainforest stroll on the Jindalba Boardwalk, but not before a siting of a cassowary and her youngster.

Other sights included the Daintree Tea Plantation, paperbarks along Thornton Beach and three decent water crossings.

My personal highlight was the beach at Cape Tribulation where the rainforest meets the sea.

We are in Cooktown for a couple of nights hoping to see the clouds clear tomorrow.

The Dalrymple Pass gave us the first sight of the rainforest landscape that’s ahead of us further north.

Otherwise it was more sugar cane and Walsh’s Pyramid.

We lunched at Tully, the wettest place in the country, where it was – yes – raining on this winter day.  In other news, the Giant Gumboot was shrouded in scaffolding and undergoing restoration.

We spent Tuesday and Wednesday in Cairns, visiting family and friends and taking the train up to Kuranda to rediscover our hippie selves.