We made it!! As far up the east coast as our little 2 wheel drive van would take us, literally making it to the end of the road. After this is all unsealed roads that lead to Cooktown, only accessible by 4 wheel dive. It has taken us few weeks of straight driving to get here, and as we got on the Daintree River ferry, we are bursting with excitement to go into the rainforest, more exact the Daintree Rainforest. This ancient rainforest, at over 130 million years old is the pride and joy of Australia as it supports the most unique and endangered species of wildlife and plants.
As you get off the ferry and follow the road leading to Cape Tribulation, if most definitely feels like a different world. There are little neighbourhoods and stores as you drive, but most you wouldn’t even notice since they are all engulfed by nature. Noah Beach camping area is part of the Queensland national park, and it was required for us to make a reservation to stay there. We got extremely lucky since all camping spots were booked up, so we reserved the first available date for our trip, and enjoyed sharing it with few goanna friends for 3 days!
Noah Beach is located right on Noah Creek, which runs into the ocean and as any other creek near salt water, supports a crocodile or two (yay). Being “croc aware” is a big deal in Northern Queensland, with brochures being handed to every vehicle that gets on the Daintree River ferry. And if that is not enough, there are signs on every beach and park near a creek. I definitely took the advice and stayed out of the water, no matter how invi
ting it was.
This whole area was mostly emptyduring the day, even on the one steaming hot day we had during our stay there were very few people or tourists. We found most of the tour busses would head to Cape tribulation beaches since Noah Beach is not really accessible by bigger vehicles.
We took few day trips to Cape and the surrounding beaches and walks (hikes are called walks here – go figure). The rainforest is really something special, as I fell in love with FAN PALM TREES. Honestly they were gorgeous and there aren’t that many of them left in the forest so I took way too many photos of them and of me near them! A recommended walk is most definitely the Dubuji boardwalk that leads to Myall Beach, this is where I found the most Fan Palm trees. Also this is where we saw the first cassowary ( very much endangered big bird that some ausies havent even seen), and spent good 15 mins following him around the beach front! There are few other walks to do in the area, like the Jinbalba Rainforest Boardwalk and the Mardja Botanical Rainforest Walk, which are nice to experience and pretty easy to do, at around 1 km round trip each. For a more challenging walk, there is the Mount Sorrow Ridge trail, that leads to an outlook to Mount Sorrow, at 7 km return it is said to offer amazing views and difficult slope. Sadly we did not do this hike, due to the rain that followed us for 3 of the 4 days we were there.
As for pain activities there are a lot of things to do in the Daintree. From crocodile tours in one of the many creeks ( Scott was eager to do one but we ran out of time ) to sea kayaking, helicopter tours, the Canopy tower and rainforest guided tours, honestly 3 days were not enough! I’d recommend at least 5 to 7 days for the best experience, as well as some time to sit and relax on one of the many beaches!
At the end of the day, I do not regret staying longer, since after our little rainforest adventure we were off to Port Douglas… TO THE GREAT BARRIER REEF WE GO!!!