Saturday, April 2, 2011

Daintree Rainforest

Today we went with our wonderful guide David on a trip to Cape Tribulation through the Daintree Rainforest.  You have to go across the river on this small "ferry" that is more like a large raft that is pulled across the water using cables.  Then you enter the rainforest...amazing...the trees and plants were incredible.  They were all classic examples of plants fighting to get to the top of the canopy in order to get to the light.  This is considered to be one of the oldest rainforests because it contains plant species only found in the fossil records everywhere else in the world.  The isolation of Austalia has preserved these plants over time. 
We walked down the beach at Cape Tribulation, one of the areas first explored by Captain Cook when he ran into the Great Barrier Reef and spent 48 days fixing the holes in his ship.  We cruised down Cooper's Creek in a boat that reminded us of the African Queen.  The creek runs through the mangroves, very interesting habitat.  Here we saw a couple of crocodiles, including one big one!  A little local tropical fruit ice cream and a walk through the rainforest at Mossman Gorge finished off the day.  What a wonderful experience!
By the way we figured out why the bird ran into Colin yesterday, apparently they spend the day eating fruit that has fermented, so the bird was drunk!  Now he has been hit by a drunk driver and a drunk bird...bad luck, eh!






2 comments:

  1. On a canoe trip in Florida, I had to sleep in my canoe while tied up to mangrove trees....

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  2. did you see an cassowaries?

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