Posts Tagged ‘cassowaries’

Minke Whales and Cassowaries

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

Would you believe it if you were diving on the Great Barrier Reef and suddenly you found yourself surrounded by Minke Whales? That’s what happened to some divers off the coast of Cairns yesterday. So the whale watching season in Cairns has started just on time.

And in Kuranda, west of Cairns, three adults cassowaries and a juvenile one have been spotted, giving us all hope for this endangered species.

Meanwhile, we are working hard from our office overlooking the Coral Sea, keeping up with our Cairns Unlimited site, both in Spanish and in English, our Cairns Digital site renting underwater cameras and finalising the last steps before we launch our next enterprise, very early next month.

And our baby Nicholas is getting bigger and bigger, already four months old yesterday.

As you can see, there is no time for boredom in our lives!!!

Cape Tribulation, what a treat!!!

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

It’s always so nice to get away from the office, and Cape Tribulation was one of the places on our “places to visit” list. We hadn’t been there since we came to Tropical North Queensland for holidays, back in 2005, when we were still living in Madrid. My memories of the area were fantastic and I must confess that I wasn’t let down by the scenery this time either. Sometimes it’s a bit tricky because no matter how good photos of Cape Tribulation are, what you see around you is always 100% better and it’s very difficult to capture it in a picture.

Everytime someone has been asking me if they would be likely to see wildlife outside the zoo in Australia I’ve always told them that it would be pretty unlikely if they were expecting to see any other animal apart from kangaroos. However, I will have to eat my words from now on. I never thought you could actually see cassowaries in the wild, but I was actually proven wrong three times, although the first encounter we had with one of this magnificent birds was the best one, since the cassowary got very close to us, as you can see in the photo. It was nearly as tall as us (sorry, nothing or nobody is ever as tall as Steve, let me correct my mistake) and they look really mean. But it was very special to see such a wild, beautiful and rare animal so close.

And then, what can I say about Cape Tribulation beach????? It’s one of the most fabulous beaches I’ve ever seen. I can only think of Captain Cook and his crew when they came to this beautiful side of the world and were confronted with such an amazing nature. Remember that at that time, in the late 1700’s, there were no buildings or roads in sight. Probably just a few Aborigines who were curious about the steel fish and the weird looking people coming out of it. All the way from Cairns to Cape Tribulation is breathtaking and if you are lucky enough to venture north of Cape Tribulation on the Bloomfield Track, the beauty of this nature is just as, or even more, mindblowing.

Ocean Safari is one of the companies offering scuba diving and snorkelling trips from Cape Tribulation

At Cape Tribulation beach we saw one of the few diving companies that operate from here, Ocean Safari. They are a small company that only takes 25 guests on board, making the half day trip very enjoyable and personalised. Besides, and since the scuba diving and snorkelling companies that operate from Cape Tribulation are just a handfull, the reefs they visit are usually deserted. Another add on for your Great Barrier Reef experience.

And another exciting experience about Cape Tribulation is the fact that there’s no bridge to cross the river but a ferry that carries car from one side of the Daintree River to the other. All day long, from 6am to 12am, back and forth, non stop. The fact that there’s no bridge to cross the river acentuates the feeling of being somewhere isolated and “away from it all”. Here you will find hardly any development, it’s nature at its best. But as I said before, photos are not even close to the real thing, so you have to come and see Cape Tribulation and the Daintree Rainforest for yourself.