Cairns: Exploring Rainforests – Tick (part 1)

This time off we go to Cairns in far north Queesland. Cairns was full of things. You name it, they have it. From jumping off planes to jumping off towers, swimming with the fishies to swimming in a man made lagoon pool, cruising through some oldest rainforests to swinging from tree to tree, they have it all.

Cairns is bustling with tourists from all over the world and the heart of the town has so much to offer. The esplanade, the marina, amazing night markets and good food. But as always if you want to explore you should hire a car and just drive everywhere. Which was what we did.

cairns esplanadeserenity

Road trip! Day 1 we went ‘fall hunting’. It was raining and gloomy but we braved the weather and drove south from cairns to Milla Milla Falls which was so calm with crystal clear water and nobody around. Perfect place to jump in we thought. But the water was freezing cold so unfortunately we didn’t. The circuit has two more falls, Zillie and Ellinjaa but we only saw Zillie as it was cold and wet and started raining again. With a bit of disappointment we came back to Cairns.

milla milla fallszillie falls

cairns road trips milla milla falls zillie falls

Day 2, we were off to Port Douglas. The drive was beautiful with acres and acres of sugar cane fields and then beaches. We did few stopovers as we do always and it was just us and the nature, AMAZING!

tropical beachon the way to port douglaspalm cove beach

We did an interesting stop over at a Hartley’s Crocodile adventures. They have a farm that provides croc skin to Louis Voutton! Sad really. Also we met ‘Paul’ the giant cattle eating 4.6m resident croc. He was scary!

Crocodile skin

crocodile paul the giant crocDSC_8331 crocodile river tour

And another secluded beach.

rocks and beachsecluded beach

Day 3, we had big plans for this day. It started off with a trip to Mosman Gorge, popular swimming hole set amongst lush green tress. This time even though the water was still freezing we jumped in. 🙂

Mosman GorgeMosman Gorge walking track

Mosman Gorge walking track Mosman Gorge walking track Mosman Gorge and the rainforest swimming in mosman gorge

Then only the real drive began, to Daintree and Cape tribulation. Daintree rainforest is the largest in Australia and one of the oldest in the world. We got to drive through it, sometime with the rainforest on one side and the beach on the other. An experience like no other. We drove up to Cape tribulation, which is located within the Daintree National Park and the furthest point you can drive without a 4WD. Cape tribulation is also known as the place where the reef meets the rainforest, the one and only in the world! We watched the sunset at Cape Tribulation and called it a day. 🙂

Cape tribulationCapr tribulationsunset at cape tribulation

The best is yet to come. Great Barrier Reef! (jumping up and down with excitement) 🙂 That’s my next post as I didn’t want to bombard you with photos.

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14 thoughts on “Cairns: Exploring Rainforests – Tick (part 1)

  1. Wow, wow, wow! I’ve got to take my son here one day. I haven’t heard of this place, but it absolutely takes my breath away! My heart is pumping just looking through your exquisite photos. We love to travel, though time and budget limit us somewhat. This place is like a combination of Kauai, Jamaica and the Florida marshlands… but BETTER. 🙂 Our next big trip is Israel (my second time and my son’s first), but this place is definitely now on my “must visit” list. So glad I stopped by…

      1. It was brave two years ago… who knows what the climate will be next Fall. If it is too dangerous, we will not be allowed to travel there. My church takes a group every two years, except this year they went to Rome, so Israel got bumped. It’s amazing how little you are affected by the warfare as a traveler if you do not turn the television on. The only time we saw or heard of any violence was on the news. Five days on the move and five days in the Old City, Jerusalem. Ah, a piece of my heart will always remain in the Holy Land.

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