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Great Barrier Reef and Cape Tribulation with family

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

We had the pleasure of having Helene and Yesica, sister in law and niece, from France, spending a few days with us last week. As Helene said, their visit was short but memorable.

We couldn’t let them visit us without showing them one of our gems, the Great Barrier Reef so we booked with one of the many Great Barrier Reef cruises available and off we went. The trip to the reef was a bit rough but we all got there safe and sound. Little Nicholas was the one who probably enjoyed the trip most, with so much motion, he spent most of the trip happily asleep.

Three of us decided to go diving and only one wasn’t brave enough, sorry, wasn’t in the mood, for diving, so he went snorkelling. Can you guess who??????

The day was beautiful, we had a great time and the French girls were extremely impressed with the corals.

And the day after we took off again, this time to visit Port Douglas, Cape Tribulation and the Daintree Forest. By the way, did you know that we help to save the Daintree Rainforest? Every month, Cairns Unlimited buys back five square metres of Daintree Rainforest.

Port Douglas was only a short stop to have breakfast in our favourite cafe, although this time we were all a bit dissapointed with the food, which had been fabulous before. The markets were on, so Steve, Nicholas, Helene and Yesi went to have a bit of a walk while I just waited for them sitting on a bench. I had taken some car sickness pill which hadn’t agreed with me and I was feeling a bit “drunk”. I even had to make my way to the car on my own, since I was falling asleep on the bench and I was a bit embarrased about it. I sent Steve a text to let them know where I was going, and when he showed it to me, it didn’t make any sense at all.

But I felt much better after the delicious hand made ice cream that we had at Floravilla. The flavours were all very exotic. Steve went for the Chilli Chocolate and I tried the Goji Berry with Rainforest Honey Yoghurt. I cannot remember what the girls had, but they were also very excited about them.

We also had time to do a Daintree River Cruise aboard Solar Whisper, where we spotted a few crocodiles, snakes, frogs and birds. It is definetely one of the most beautiful places in the world.

It was already late afternoon by the time we made it to our accomodation in Cape Tribulation Cape Tribulation Beach House. We had two lovely cabins only a couple of minutes from the beach but, most importantly, from the bar. The girls and Steve, after a very early dinner, since we all forgot to each lunch, joined Mason’s Tours for a crocodile spotting night walk. And I, very happily, put the little one to sleep and went to bed as well at 8pm. I know, very very unSpanish but it felt like heaven.

The explorers had a good time although there was no croc to be spotted. However, they came back talking about cane toads, spiders, native mice, white tail rats, sleeping kingfishers, other birds, fish in the crystal clear bubbling brook, wood frogs and even fresh cassowary poo.

The plan for the morning after was to go jungle surfing but someone didn’t plan ahead and the tour was booked out. So instead, we started to make our own way back to Cairns, stopping at Mossman Gorge. There has been talks about a road being built in Mossman Gorge but when we got there we couldn’t see much happening. There are a few massive blocks of concrete which are the base for a boardwalk that will eventually go through the rainforest to the gorge. But up to day, everything is just as it was before and you still have to walk through the rainforest to get there. It was a cool and misty morning and we know that the water in Mossman Gorge is freezing. However, there were still a few brave people having a swin. None of us, though.

All the way back to Cairns, about 60 kilometres, little Nicholas was crying. We tried everything to make him stop and go to sleep. Will you believe he fell asleep only one block away from home? Our little prince!

Helene and Yesi are now back to Stanthorpe, Steve’s home town. And Yesi will be back in France very soon. It was great to have you over, girls. Now it is time for the two rascals, Flynn and Joseph, to come and visit. We look forward to seeing you two.

And everyone, keep tuned. There are lots of news coming up very soon. That’s all I can say for now.

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.

Maria’s Photo Gallery

Sunday, December 18th, 2005

Maria ready for the excitment of Kuranda Scenic Railway.

Maria posing in Kuranda, Tropical North Queensland.

Maria at the Kuranda Scenic Railway Station.

We had just finished our fantastic trip on Skyrail and Maria wanted to try an Aussie hat.

We took Skyrail on our way to Kuranda, and it is really impressive to look over the Daintree Rainforest.

A very typical Aussie car, a model Maria had never seen before outside Australia.

Cairns Night Markets were very interesting for both Maria and myself.

Maria overlooking Four Mile Beach, in Port Douglas.

We took a Daintree River cruise, where we spot snakes and crocodiles.

Maria was very impressed with Tropical North Queensland's beaches.