Cape Trib and the Great Barrier Reef

Trip Start Aug 15, 2006
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Trip End Feb 09, 2007


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Monday, August 28, 2006

so we landed in tourist-central of northern queensland, Cairns, on Aug. 28...checked into this dirty hostel on the esplanade...this place was like a giant Wasaga beach in the tropics with a blue ocean...we only spent a nite and a day there..picked up out rental car...a beauty Ford stationwagon that only starts after 20 minutes of turning the key. No worries. We hopped in and drovbe north, headed for Cape Tribulation..the drive was along the coast of the Coral sea...unbelievable...hills and rainforesr and cliffs and the bluest blue of an ocean. It took us a few hours to get there.
Ww soon arrived in the middle of a rainforest...Daintree National Park..took a ferry over a croc infested river and drove for 40 mins more up the coast...we arrived at PK's jungle village..a hostel/camping/party central location lost in the middle of the rainforest...
Cape Tribulation is one of the only place sin the world where rainforest meets ocean...not to mention that the Great Barrier Reef is merely and hour's boat ride form shore. Two world heritage sites converge at this spot...the only spot in the world.
Initailly we only planned to spend a nite there but it was just too amazing...we stayed 3 days. Deserted white-sand beaches and coconut trees and palms...we hung out at the beach, drank rum at the jungle bar, and we hiked to emmagen swimming hole...a place way back in the bush...we were terrified of crocs and about to depart without even swimming when all of a sudden thru the bush comes 3 girls and a dude...backpackers from Melbourne...they had beer and offered us some..so we sat around in the jungle by this swimming hole drinking beer with cool Ozzies for a while. By then it was time to go on the Crocodile tour that we had booke for $20 the day before.
Man, this crazy Ozzy takes us down this river in this tin boat pointing at Crocs along the way. "Yeah..ya hear...there's a Croc!..What a bugga! Where'd he go? Bugga! ya hear!" We saw a four meter male Croc in the wild swimming along the river. Amazing.
By far the best part of the trip so far was the day after...we booked passage aboard a catamaran headed out to the Great Barrier Reef. We spent the day snorkelling the reef way out at sea...and at some points it was only about 2 or 3 feet deep. The water was the most amazing blue you could imagine...and below it...a tropical wonderland of colors and thousands of fish that you only see and hear about on TV...and coral...we swam with a giant sea turtle, Dylan saw a Reef shark, it was quite possibly the most amazing experience in my life. Incredible.
After all of this crazy shit..we drove south.
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