Today we get up at 6am to do our Safari in the rainforest. I am not feeling well, probably due to the scuba diving. Cairns is ina tropical climate... and of course, it is raining .. a lot !!! Our naturalist guide come to pick us up at our accommodation and after introductions, we drive north along the scenic route to Mossman in our little customized safari bus !
Lush farmland contrasts with seascape as we approach the majestic Daintree River. Time for a short morning tea break then its 'all aboard' for an informative river cruise. We relax and enjoy the splendour only the Daintree can offer as we learn of Estuarine Crocodiles, mangrove forests and wildlife, this is nature at its best!
We ascend the Alexandra Range and pause for a panoramic view of World Heritage Tropical Rainforest merging with the azure colours of the Coral Sea. I mean, that is was were are supposed to see, but with the rainy weather, we only see the jungle.
We experience the rainforest intimately on our elevated National Park Boardwalk.
Accurate interpretations of flora and fauna are given by our guide with ample time for photographs and questions as we search for the elusive, rare and totally unique Southern Cassowary and other wildlife species within this particular habitat.
I have been eaten by mosquitos in that Jungle, one hour, and I am covered from head to toes!
A little Menthe Religieuse that made a dance for us on the way...
The Cassowary is the third largest flightless bird in the world after the ostrich and the emu. It is omnivore, but can be very dangerous with its power, especially if they kick you with their strong feet !
We will not be able to see the Cassowary on the par, but actually on the road ! These endengered animals are only a few hundreds in Australia, about 50 in this park, so it was a real chance to see one ! As the roads are really dangerous, the locals made the below signs to make the drivers aware.
The bus takes us beyond Cape Tribulation along the 4WD Bloomfield Track to pristine Emmagen Creek and time for a refreshing rainforest stream swim. We can seek fish and turtles in the creek, butterflies and exotic birds in the trees and indulge in a feast of tropical fruit, a complimentary glass of wine and a cup of traditional Billy Tea, all of which enhance the tranquil surroundings. However, apart from fishes and a Jumping spyder on my leg, nothing to record...
Erik will take a little swim, I will just refresh my feet, not feeling super well so I prefer not... especially when I see this sign ! :)
A delicious barbecue lunch with freshly prepared salads is served while we have the opportunity to hand feed a kangaroo !! Me so happy !!.
And mon cheri, he gives him kissies !!
And my friend the Wallaby !
Then after lunch, we head to Cape Tribulation Beach there is a little time to swim in the Coral Sea (seasonal) or stroll alond the beach and boardwalk to the photographers' platform overlooking the mountains and coast where the 'Rainforest meets the Reef'.. We can not swim actually, it is Jelly fish season zut ! And they are deadly poisonous, so will not even put my feet in the water for sure !
Instead, we just walk around the beach and take some pictures...
Atfer a short afternoon refreshment stop, we cross the Daintree River by cable ferry and begin our homeward journey somewhat wiser for our 'Total Rainforest Experience' and try to spot the Crocrodiles ! Apart from one asleep in the bushes and a tiny little one, no luck... that is ok, I pet a kangaroo today alalalala
It was a great day, wet and hot, and we are very happy when we go back, this tour was worth the money.