With summer drawing close to an end, I decided to escape Cairns and enjoy a weekend trip up north to Cape Tribulation! So the family and I packed our overnighters and hit the road to enjoy one last summer escape on the coast! It didn’t take us long to realise that the drive from Cairns to Cape Tribulation was part of the adventure. With scenic coastal drives, car ferries and winding roads through ancient rainforest, the trip up north was definitely one to remember! And with the Great Barrier Reef on one side of the road and the Daintree Rainforest on the other side, there were plenty of places in the area that were worth a visit during our trip!
Our first stop was just near the Daintree Ferry. We decided that we couldn’t visit the Daintree without seeing some crocodiles in the wild, so we hopped onboard Solar Whisper Wildlife and Crocodile Cruise. Solar Whisper is a small, family operated business that offers one hour crocodile and wildlife spotting tours on a quiet, clean, solar electric boat. Our guide was full of interesting facts and we were lucky enough to spot a few crocs and some other local wildlife during our boat tour.
The kids were given the opportunity to drive the boat, which was definitely a highlight of the trip! A great time was had by all and we would definitely come back again!
After all the excitement of the crocodile cruise, it was time for the Daintree Ferry. The Daintree Ferry is currently the only access to Cape Tribulation, a unique and beautiful area which is very isolated from the rest of Far North Queensland! Cape Tribulation is disconnected from all water, power and phone services that the rest of the region take for granted!
Cape Tribulation is a small town in Far North Queensland nestled on the coast, in the heart of the Daintree Rainforest untouched by noise and pollution. One of the first things that people notice when arriving at Cape Tribulation is the lack of mobile reception! This gave us the opportunity to truly disconnect from the bustle of our busy lives and really embrace our natural surroundings. We arrived at Ferntree Rainforest Lodge just in time for an afternoon swim! Our resort offered two tropical pools to cool off in as well as a games room with table tennis, pool table and games for the kids! This family friendly resort is located centrally in Cape Tribulation, allowing easy access to most things in the area such as cafes and beaches. The resort is built into the rainforest so every room has very natural surroundings. We even had a resident golden orb spider on our patio that greeted us whenever we arrived or left.
After dinner and dancing at PK’s, we got ready for our Jungle Adventures Night walk! Our night walk started with a bit of star gazing before we headed into the darkness of the rainforest.
Walking through the worlds oldest rainforest in the darkness allowed us to really appreciate our incredible surroundings! I was blown away by the fluorescent glow of the moss when we turned our torches off. During our walk we were able to see a huge range of wildlife in their natural habitat; from possums and birds to tree frogs, centipedes, and heaps and heaps of spiders!
We woke the next day to clear blue skies and not a cloud in sight… a perfect day for Jungle Surfing! So after a hearty breakfast at Turtle Rock Cafe, we were whisked away to Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours! On arrival, our friendly tour guides made us feel right at home and helped us get harnessed up, ready for our Jungle Surfing adventure!!
After a short walk, we were ready to get up into those trees! Using the Human Hamster Wheel, we sent the first two people up to the first platform to begin the Jungle Surfing tour!
Our friendly and knowledgeable tour guides soon helped us to relax and enjoy our surroundings and were full of interesting facts about the rainforest. It is amazing how much more you can see from the tree canopy than you can from the ground! WOW….. what breathtaking views we got from the tree platforms!! Nowhere else in the world can you gaze upon two world heritage sites in one view!
Each of the six platforms were unique and revealed a different level of the rainforest. The seven ziplines that connected the platforms were all completely different as well. The ziplines took us through the trees, close to nature and over bubbling creeks at various heights and speed. We ended on a high by doing the last zipline upside down!
After an adrenaline pumped few hours of ziplining through the trees, we had worked up quite a sweat! We decided some refreshments and a cool dip in the swimming hole at Masons Cafe was in order! The cool water was so refreshing after our exciting morning, we had a hard time getting out and returning to the car for the drive home!
Time to head back along the coast to Cairns…..After an action packed weekend, it was definitely early to bed that night!
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