Cape Tribulation

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Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Day 109 Wednesday 16/02/05 Cairns - Cape Tribulation

Today we headed for the beautiful area of Cape Tribulation - a region full of rainforest, hills and beaches which is a National Heritage area and therefore protected. They call it the place where the rainforest meets the sea. Cape Tribulation was named by Cook after he suffered there - he also named mountains Misery & Desperation! He hit a reef here and after choosing wrongly he managed to get stranded a little up the coast for a while (he dumped all heavy stuff & supplies overboard trying to float himself - then the tide came in!!). Our first stop on the way up was for breakfast at a wildlife sanctuary - where we saw a baby kangaroo, two cassowary, parrots and the cutest little baby flying possums called sugar gliders - awwwwwh
(http://www.gliderconnection.com/picturepage4.html). Australia is just full of weird and wonderful creatures. We stopped off for a walk along a rainforest boardwalk which was lovely - the boardwalk protects the area from damage but still lets you have a feel of rainforest habitat (and mangrove swamp too in this case). We arrived at our accommodation at lunchtime - we had chosen the farmstay option on a fruit farm - all the young backpackers opted for a resort style accommodation with pub, pool & disco. It was lovely and quiet at our farm and the owners are very friendly. After unpacking we headed out into the village of Cape Tribulation. We had lunch at the very scenic Dragonfly Cafe before heading to Masons waterhole for a swim - it's still a stinger area round here so swimming in the sea is not done - the waterhole was lovely and refreshingly cold considering the sun and heat that we are suffering! We then walked along the wonderful tropical beach (almost deserted) before heading inland to do another rainforest boardwalk. The noise in the rainforest is unbelievable with thousands of chattering insects. That evening we had a fruit tasting on the farm - getting to taste fruits in the farm and then also fresh from the tree on a guided night walk we took. We tried rambutan, jackfruit, durian (not as bad as people think but the texture is horrible - it tastes like onion & garlic cream cheese), pomelle, passionfruit, mangosteen and the most interesting of the night was the miracle fruit. The miracle fruit was a rather sour little red berry that we chewed and swirled round our mouth before spitting out - we were then given a lime to eat which tasted really sweet and nice - that's what the miracle fruit does! The walk was really meant to be a wildlife walk and we wandered first through the orchard, then through the rainforest. We saw loads of cane toads in the orchard, some beautiful golden orb spiders, lovely fire flies and we saw a crocodile swimming -his red eyes stand out.
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