Daintree National Park; Where the Rainforest Meets the Reef

It’s going to be a quick post today, because I’m having internet connection problems, just as I did on my road trip back in 2009.

At that time though, I was travelling through places like Sydney and Melbourne, at least this time I made it all the way to Port Douglas in Far North Queensland before having these difficulties. And unlike back then, this time I have a mobile phone, a hotspot, and an intermittent 4G signal to get me by.

Yesterday, we went to Daintree National Park. It’s a gardeners nightmare…

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daintreeWhere do you even begin to clear this up?

daintreeIt’s not just Daintree that, there’s another massive tropical rainforest over at Kuranda…

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kurandaHow on earth do we set about the task of tidying this lot up as well as Edging and Trimming the Lawn?

The answer, of course, is that we don’t. This is an area of stunning beauty. It is also, in the case of Daintree National Park, where the rainforest meets the reef…

daintreeTomorrow we check out of our Port Douglas apartment and I will be dropping Mrs Bob and Elizabeth back at Cairns Airport. They will be home by about 5 o’clock the evening same day. Me, I will be high-tailing it back in the car; this time no detours, no sightseeing and no photo taking.

I will be covering the 2000 or so kilometres as quickly as possible and hope to arrive back in Brisbane by Thursday evening. I know I haven’t told you very much about this road trip as yet, but I will tell you much more about it over the coming months.

My journey is not over yet though, more on Wednesday.

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  • Peter Rowland July 8, 2016, 7:23 am | Link

    I agree Bob, it is a very special part of the world. Was up there in August last year and, before that, oh — 1993 I think it was! Too long between visits 🙁 Am keen to get back there again after reading your trip report.

    The reef is spectacular isn’t it, but I am a lover of messy gardens, so the rainforests always get my vote (oh and I can’t swim, so that might be part of the reason too). Did a snorkel out on the reef though, and was blown away by it’s stunning beauty, but absolutely love the rainforests near Kuranda and all points further north.

    Reckon old Captain Cook mustn’t have been too impressed with reef though, after he had to pull up there and put the bung back in his tinnie 🙂

    • BobinOz July 10, 2016, 7:59 pm | Link

      I reckon Captain Cook, on the other hand, would have loved the rainforest, I think that’s where he got the wood from to fix his boat 🙂

      It is a stunning part of the world, and I would say both the rainforest and the reef are amazing, they are each impressive in their own way. I will certainly be going up there again and I hope you get the chance to do so again sometime soon.

  • Jennifer July 5, 2016, 8:19 am | Link

    Safe journey back Bob. Can’t wait to hear more about it. What’s the temperature that far up this time of year? Cold and wet here for our classic British summer!

    • BobinOz July 6, 2016, 12:48 am | Link

      Oh, you will hear more, that’s for sure.

      The weather up here has been around 25° to 29° for the time I’ve been here, probably from Mackay onwards, but definitely since Airlie Beach and all the way up to Cairns.

      Nice for winter.

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