A few days after our Karunda trip, we rented a car in Cairns and made another rainforest day trip, this time to the Daintree National Park. There we took in the rainforest at all levels–from the ground, midway up and all the way above the canopy–and flew through the trees via zipline. The Daintree is absolutely beautiful and we had an amazing day.
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We’ve passed several cable ferries, but this is our first time riding on one. The service was exceptionally quick. We waited perhaps 2 minutes before boarding and barely had time to pay before we were across.
Our plan was to drive direct to Cape Tribulation and work our way slowly back over the day, but we couldn’t resist stopping for the view from the Alexandra Range Lookout Point. This is the mouth of the Daintree River where it meets the sea.
About three hours after leaving Cairns, we arrived at Cape Tribulation. The trip up was excellent with scenery ranging from beaches to rainforest. The road switches from paved to gravel here, so we won’t go any further. And the return trip is already going to more than fill the day.
From the lookout we walked across a beach and back to the parking lot. This sign at the parking lot path to the beach warns visitors of crocodiles in the area we’d just walked through. Either we took the wrong path, or they need another sign.
The 1-mile (1.4 km) Dubuji boardwalk goes deep into the rainforest and feels far removed from civilization. Interpretive signs along the way describe the plant and animal life and explain how the rainforest evolves.
At Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours for a two-hour zipline tour through the rainforest. The video https://youtu.be/QusB_Spyt2M (1:01) starts with the “Human hamster wheel” lifting riders up to the first platform. We rode in pairs for the about the first three or so platforms, and singly for the rest. Each of us wears a helmet with a nickname on it that the guides refer to us by–that is why Jennifer is called “Tinkerbell” near the end of the video. The zipline was yet another way to see and learn about the rainforest and we had an exciting time.
Our final stop for the day was at the Thala Beach Lodge. The beautiful resort is perched high on the cliff–we had a drink in their bar overlooking the coast.
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