Almost two months ago now, on the 29th of November, Adam landed in Australia after his long haul flight from Heathrow. His arrival marked the beginning of our next adventures around Australia, and we made big plans for the next few weeks to see as much as possible before getting back to working life.
Day one, we started by heading for a delicious breakfast in the Lilypad cafe in Cairns, which I’d highly recommend – it may seem a little pricey at first but the portions are huge and cooked to perfection, so you can’t complain at all! The rest of our afternoon was dedicated to chilling out and seeing the latest JK Rowling film – good, but not as good as Harry Potter.
Venturing further afield the next day, we headed up to Kuranda to show Adam the cute village Emma and I had seen previously, and played a hilariously bad round of mini golf. Following that, we drove along to Atherton where we had lunch at The Slotted Spoon (delicious), headed to the Curtain Fig Tree to see Australia’s largest fig tree in person (impressive) and took a drive along the Waterfall Circuit, which passes through the famous Milla Milla Falls and Zillie Falls, where you can get some stunning photographs and even swim in Milla Milla if you like.
Back to Cairns, and the next day was for sorting Adam’s Australia life out – getting sim cards, medicare etc sorted, as we had to do when we arrived back in August. Of course, we also had to fit in a night out, so we headed out to Woolshed for the evening, which from what we can remember was a great night out.
Next up, we headed up north, further than we’d been before to head to Daintree Rainforest. Daintree Rainforest is the largest tropical rainforest region in Australia and contains Cape Tribulation, the beach headland where the great barrier reef meets the rainforest. You can do self guided tours around the Daintree area quite easily, costing you only the price of fuel and the small river-crossing fee.
Once there, we headed to the Discovery Centre, which has boardwalks at varying heights, allowing you to see the various levels of the rainforest. You get a guidebook explaining the wildlife and vegetation around, and while interesting, you don’t get to see a huge amount of wildlife in reality. We did however come across some motion activated dinosaurs which scared the life out of us! It was a nice day out, but if on a tight budget you could give it a miss. The rest of that day we headed to Jindalba boardwalk for more strolling through the rainforest, visited Hutchison’s creek swimming hole (you can’t swim in the sea up here due to crocodiles), and headed to Cow bay beach, which was stunning with clear sand and sea for miles and only a handful of other people on the beach.
Our accommodation in Daintree was called Crocodylus, a ‘safari hut style’ cabin set in 21 acres of rainforest surroundings. This was actually really nice, and we even got a free upgrade as the hut we’d paid for had been double booked.
The next day we set off on the Dubuji and Kulki boardwalks, before attempting to head to the Bat house, insect museum and snake house, all listed on the map we’d been given at the river crossing. All three turned out to be closed, which was really disappointing as it was meant to be the bulk of our day’s activities – so check these before you head if going! Instead we headed to Emmagen swimming hole, which was really beautiful, set back a short walk into the rainforest and chilled there for an hour of so, before heading to Masons Cafe, where they serve delicious exotic meats.
That marked the end of our time in the Daintree rainforest. It was a really beautiful place but lacking a huge amount of things to do, so I think two days was plenty of time to see around. Next post will be about our short stay in Port Douglas.