Heading North For Winter DAY EIGHT

Crocks, Cassowaries, and where the rainforest meets the ocean

Below you will find a detailed description of the route as seen through the eyes of its creator to give you firsthand knowledge of the type of experiences available along this route The Below map of this road trip’s detailed trail and interactive map. Click on the link in each icon to go to more details

The Daintree and Cape Tribulation (184.2km 3.50hrs)

1. BEACH SUNRISE (10min walk) Four Mile Beach – From Wyndham

Attempted a sunrise shoot early the next morning as such is my holiday ritual, however, I have to say a little disappointed. At least this means I can sleep in for the rest of the trip and mark top-end sunrises as duds at this time of year. But like all sunrises, a beautiful experience even if not for a photo.

Beach Sunrise
Port Douglas Beach Sunrise

2. CROCODILE RIVER CRUISE (55.3km 47min)  CROCODILE EXPRESS RIVER CRUISE – From Wyndham

A day trip to the Daintree from Port Douglas was the decision and crocs was on top of the list. We chose the solar electric boat so we can sneak up and surprise them while they are sunbaking…nothing like a startled croc to make you feel alive ha ha.

However, it also meant a smaller boat, getting up close and personal they say…. not so sure of our decision as the boat lunges to one side as most move in for a closer look. I say most because that’s what the zoom is for, and I can do the math.

When you think of crocs, snuggling a cuteness is not what comes to mind but the two baby crocs spooning in the cold morning is just too cute.

After scanning every creek crossing on the way up this was the actual real solid sighting so Crocs, tick.

Daintree river Crocodile on bank

3. CROCODILE RIVER CRUISE to JINDALBA BOARDWALK (24.3km 46min)

Next the Cassowary, so you would assume this to also be a nature observation challenge so what happened was a bit bizarre. Rocked up for a bit more Daintree rainforest exploration (Jindalba Boardwalk)and there standing at the beginning of the boardwalk is a beautiful specimen….tick! we still did the walk but hey.

Daintree walk tree Fern
Daintree walk tree Fern

4. CREATIVE ICE-CREAM HELL YEH Ice-cream factory (5.8km 9min) from Jindalba

5. ICECREAM to CAPE TRIBULATION Dubuji Boardwalk(20.8km 27min)

All the challenge had been taken out of the rainforest exploration as all the trails we did end up being boardwalks. Yet still, we found ourselves in moments of awe, sky-high rich green ferns layer the rooftop and high-standing mangroves and plants on stilts.

Travelling along the Cape Tribulation road the glimpses of glistening aqua ocean draw us to the beachside. Enormous trunks overlayed with ferns and Staghorn’s arching over the sandy beaches. Cape tribulation beaches are like no other, beach, rainforest, rock, sand, aqua water and sun-drenched.

Mangrove Tree on the beach
Mangrove Tree on Cape Tribulation beach
Cape tribulation Beach tree
Cape Tribulation Beach

Back to Ramada- feed big fish and fish and chips (In Port Douglas) feeding George the Giant Groper! He is a well-known tropical fish that weighs a whopping 250 kilograms and traverses the waters outside On the Inlet – a lovely seafood restaurant. Stop by at 5pm any day of the week to meet George and fling him a treat

***UPDATE 2023 Feeding Groper permanently closed due to redevelopment***

NEXT: Soggy camps and unexpected nature encounters