(Port Douglas)

(beach lily)

(sunrise Port Douglas beach)

(Daintree rainforest – the world’s oldest rainforest)

The Daintree Rainforest is a tropical rainforest in north Queensland.  Lying just at the edge of the coast,and covering more than 1,200 square kilometers, the Daintree is the largest continuous area of tropical rainforest on the Australian mainland. The Daintree Rainforest contains 30% of frog, marsupial and reptile species in Australia, and 65% of Australia’s bat and butterfly species. 18% of bird species in the country can be found in this area. There are also over 12,000 species of insects. Notably, it is home to the endangered cassowary bird, a dinosaur-age bird believed to be the generic connection between large flightless birds all over the world (including emus and ostrichs).

(prehistoric fern – evidence of the forest’s 135 million yo species)

(tiny spider)

(fan palms – more prehistoric remanants)

(Boyd’s dragon)

 

(Cooper’s Creek swimming hole – perfect after a sweltering hike through the rainforest!)

Because it was off-season, we had the pick of  tours and on our first day in Daintree were the only tourists in both tours we booked (hike and kayak).  This was pretty sweet, as it meant we got both personalized attention and a more natural feel.   Our 2 hour guided walk through the Daintree with a very knowledgable, naturalist  guide who lives in the forest and offered us a swim afterwards in the lagoon.  He assured us that it was safe from crocidiles and other deadly fishes by explaining that he let his kids swim there.  So gorgeous, and so cold straight off the moutains! 

(mangroves)

The mangroves  of Cape Tribulation pull double duty – they are a dual-listed World Heritage location, as they are a part of both the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and the Daintree Rainforest.

(mangroves)

 

 (sunset kayak tour for 2, plus guide)

(on the water)

(our kayak guide – the jelly man)

(Mossman Gorge)

(Unbelievable buttresses keep the old trees erect and seek out nutrients along the rich subsurface)

(Daintree River)

(croc spotting on the river)

 

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