Mount Hutchinson

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  • Day18

    Daintree Rainforest

    August 10, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 82 °F

    Yesterday we flew to the coast, and as soon as we got out of the plane, felt like our skin must be soaking up all the moisture in the air after a week in the desert. It’s not overly humid or warm at this time of year, though. Cairns is the launching point for many Great Barrier Reef tours, but for us, it was our meeting point with Nance and Sande for our next few weeks. We set off for a stay in the Daintree Rainforest for a few days.

    The Daintree is the world’s oldest rainforest—older than the Amazon by 50 million years. It is also considered the most diverse in plant and animal life. We are lodging at Lync-Haven, a campground and motel with animal sanctuary. In the morning, we saw wallabies hopping about on the grass, and in the reception/cafe/shop we watched a python and other reptiles in boxes. Outdoors on the dining patio were a couple of red cockatoos that would squawk obnoxiously whenever a server went by with food.

    Our first destination for the day was to the Daintree Discovery Centre, where we walked on aerial walkways in the forest canopy. They had a good audio tour to point out some of the plants and help us understand the rainforest. We saw blue Ulysses butterflies (photo courtesy of the signs in the center), a few birds and lots of stag-horn ferns and similar ferns attached to the high branches.

    In the afternoon, we went zip lining in the rainforest with Jungle Surfing. They have a great setup — we sailed in pairs, relatively gently from platform to platform. At each stop, the guide would give us some information about the rainforest. We learned that the reason we aren’t seeing many flowers is because many of the trees and plants developed in the age before flowers developed, and don’t need flowers to reproduce.

    On our drive back to Lync-Haven near dusk, we rode alongside a cassowary who came out of the woods and was just trotting down the road. Cassowary sightings are hit or miss, so we were thrilled to see them on our first day!
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  • Day6

    Daintree Ice Cream

    November 6, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    På väg tillbaka till Port Douglas blev det glass på Daintree Ice Cream. De satsar på glass gjord på det som egna odlingarna ger. Varje dag har de en viss kombination av fyra smaker som de erbjuder. Förutom mango och kokos, fick vi glass på Acacia victoriae (“wattleseed”) och Diospyros nigra (svart sapote). Mangoglassen var godast, men wattleseed slog de andra. Fina blommor fanns i trädgården också!Read more

  • Day71

    Port Douglas

    June 9, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Am hütige Sunntig bini mit em Dan🇨🇭, de Pauline🇫🇷 und de Gabi🇧🇷 nach Port Douglas und in Daintree Rainforest😊 Da de Dan scho es Auto gmietet het simmer recht frei gsih und hend chene ah verschiedene Orte ahhalte😍 Es isch en mega coole Tag gsih und mehr hend wieder verschiedeni neui Sache aatroffe... Unter anderem en wilde Cassowarrie❤️🤙🏽 Leider isch das aber ide Nacht gsih sodass ich keis Bild han chene mache😩 De Tag dauer simmer eifach chli vo Strand zu Regewald/Nationalpark pendlet und hend eifach de Tag gnosse!!

    Womer denn endlich zrugg gsih sind in Cairns hemmer eus no mit de Yujin verabredet und sind all zemme ii es Restaurant go esse🍕🍷
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  • Day33

    Driving to the Daintree

    September 12, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    We had a pretty low key morning packing up and headed off from Kuranda just before 10. It wasn't long before we got our first glimpse of the beach. A huge reminder of just how far we've travelled. The lush green Rainforest gave way to sugarcane fields. We stopped at Mossman for a couple of new tyres ($$ouch) then kept going towards the Daintree.

    We reached the ferry across the Daintree River. The girls were a little apprehensive about driving the car and caravan onto a boat. $37 for a return ticket (no specific return date). They fit about 12 cars plus two camper trailers and our caravan and the trip took about two minutes. I'll admit I was more than a little excited to reach the other side. Going to the Daintree has been something I've wanted to do since I was a teenager. As we drove off the boat and up the narrow road through the stunning rainforest I was teary knowing how much Pete would've loved being here and how happy he would've been for me.

    There was no warning about just how narrow the roads were. The first 10km are terribly winding and the van would've taken up the full width of our side of the road. A bit scary when you have a truck coming down the opposite side!

    When we arrived at the Lync-Haven Rainforest Accommodation we were greeted by several snakes on the ground and 4 Eclectus parrots sitting out on the backs of chairs outside the restaurant/office. Once we set up we went back for a late lunch and had a better look at the wild life. On the way back from lunch we had a looked at several aviaries of rescued and donated birds and their area for rescued wallabies. Before we got back to the van we bumped into the owners who were walking their two pure dingoes. We weren't able to pat them but the owners were very knowledgeable. Apparently it's estimated only 5% of dingoes in the wild are actually pure breed dingoes with cross breeding with wild dogs their biggest threat.

    We spent the rest of the afternoon doing washing and looking through pamphlets of things to do in the area. We took a walk around the small caravan park area then through one of the shorter rainforest walks on the property. It's so beautiful up here. The sounds, the smells, the thick, never ending trees and the massive variety among them. It's incredible.
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  • Day37

    Daintree Lynx-Haven Rainforest Accom

    September 16, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    For our last day in the Daintree we decided to stay at the caravan park and just chill out. We started the day with our chance to pay forward the help we were given with our tyre when Joe noticed the French tourists across from us had locked their keys in their car and were looking seriously concerned it took Joe nearly half an hour and two coat hangers to save the very embarrassed and stressed young couple who were very grateful. The look of utter relief on their faces when the car was unlocked was priceless.

    At 10am we did the tour of the rescue that is part of the caravan park. The owners Justin and Kristy have built on what the previous owner started and currently house 3 crocodiles, 19 wallabies and two pure Dingoes. About half the wallabies are to be released back into the wild while the others are what he calls 'lifers' and will stay here and be used to educate visitors.

    As well as these animals they also have about 3 cockatiels, a cranky little conure, lorikeets, galahs, 15 Eclectus Parrots and several snakes. On any given day 6 parrots and 2 snakes can be found free ranging in the grasses area in front of the restaurant or on stands around the seated area. It's fantastic to be able to see these animals out of their cages. There are multiple signs up telling people not to touch the animals (and if you've ever seen the results of an Eclectus bite you would understand) but just being able to see them out like that is a great experience.

    After the tour Joe and I sat for about an hour watching the snakes being unusually active and possum (a disabled Eclectus) climb over the chairs and table. To be honest to was probably the other tourists that were the most entertaining! English people calling the cockatiels 'pigeons', freaking out over the real snakes on the ground, generally being amazed at the free ranging animals just as we did the first day.

    We decided to stay and have lunch. Justin had mentioned to Paige that they also have a joey being bottle fed and brought it out to show her when he saw us waiting for lunch. She was seriously impressed! Unfortunately he couldn't keep her out for long with a tourist bus full of people noticing the joey not long after Justin brought it out. They are very careful not to allow the animals to be stressed. They can not be faulted on their dedication.

    After lunch we took a walk to look at the aviaries and went back to the van. While the girls watched a DVD and Joe practiced his chanter, I went for a walk with my camera through one of the rainforest walks here at the caravan park. It was beautiful! The rainforest is life on to of life. Everywhere you look is alive, the air is so fresh and it is completely peaceful. By the time I got back Joe had started packing up the non essentials outside and tidied up the car ready for another big driving day tomorrow.

    After a bit more organising an some dinner we sat and watched Rio 2 and I'm hoping for an early night. We've had an amazing time up here! If you ever get the chance to see it don't pass it up and if you don't stay, make sure you at least visit Lync-Haven for a meal and a look at their growing rescue!
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  • Day15

    Daintree Nationalpark, Queensland

    December 8, 2016 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Puh, ist es hier heiß. ... Aber im ältesten Regenwald der Welt zu sein, ist schon sehr besonders. Leider verkriechen sich die Tiere aufgrund der Hitze sehr. Heute haben wir aber eine tolle Tour gemacht, auf Stelzen gebaute Wege, hoch über dem Regenwald (höchste Stelle 23 Meter hoch!) mit vielen Erklärungen, danach eine Solar-Bootstour durch den Daintreeriver.

    Gestern sind wir mit dem Auto so hoch es ging gefahren, wahnsinnig schöne Strände, leider überall Krokodile.... Martin, der Inhaber des Solarbootes sah das aber nicht so eng....geht jeden morgen schwimmen...
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  • Day14

    Tea Tree Cottage, Daintree Rainforest

    December 7, 2016 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    Nach Melbourne stand by nach Cairns, Auto geliehen und ca. 2,5 Stunden Fahrt in den Norden nach Daintree. Das Tree Tea Cottage liegt mitten im Regenwald und ist wunderschön! Am Abend fuhren wir zu einer Art Kanguruh Auffangstation, wo die Tiere gepflegt werden, bis sie wieder freigelassen werden können oder gesund dort bleiben.Read more

  • Day741

    Daintree National Park

    February 20, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 35 °C

    Heute stand der Daintree National Park, der bekanntesten Regenwald Australiens, auf dem Programm. Erster Stopp nachdem ich die kleine Fähre über den Fluss genommen hatte: Jindalba Boardwalk, danach ging es zum Cape Tribulation Beach mit dem Kulki Lookout, zum Myall Beach und zu Mason's Swimminghole. In dem klaren Wasser konnte man sogar die kleinen Fische sehen und ohne Bedenken eine Erfrischung nehmen ohne von einem Krokodil angefallen zu werden.
    Eine kühle Erfrischung für den Magen gab es bei der Daintree Icecream Company, die von tropischen Früchten auf dem Gelände Eis machten.
    Über den Alexandra Lookout ging es nach Port Douglas und von dort zum nächst gelegenen Car Wash um den Dreck der ganzen Ostküste abzuwaschen.
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