Darwin or bust - a short drive up the road travel blog

Cow Bay

A dense canopy above us

Impenetrable mangroves

Cape Tribulation beach

A bush turkey

A cassowary

lovely moss

Crossing the Daintree River by ferry we feel as though we are now extras on the set of Jurassic Park. Here we are in the heart of the Wet Tropics and the roads are a narrow strip of tarmac through an impenatrable and inhospitable jungle where both flora and fauna can cause serious harm. Here the rainforest grows right down to the sea. Reading the explanations along the boardwalks we learnt the tropical rainforest ecosystem of the Daintree Rainforest is one of the most complex on Earth!

There are plants that are razor sharp and others that a poisonous, and other that leave you in pain for many months if you touch them. There are also beautiful ferns, cycads, mosses, epiphytes, vines and palms.

We spent a night at a resort in Cape Tribulation which had its own generator power, water and sewerage system. No TV and no phone signal. For dinner I had kangaroo which wasn't nearly as tender as Grae's T-bone steak.

After dinner we walked out to a clearing to view the night sky. Due to the lack of light pollution the night sky is amazing, with hundreds of bright stairs sparkling in the black sky.

Just past Cow Bay we came across a large cassowary busy eating fallen fruit. We were quite close and could see the detail of its large helmet and the red wattle hanging from the neck, its fore-neck is bright blue, while the rear of the neck is red. They are shy flightless birds but considered dangerous and have caused a few deaths.

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