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Jun 20

BILLY TEA SAFARIS – Cape Tribulation, Daintree Rainforest & 4wd Bloomfield Track

Posted on June 20, 2011 by

On Tuesday 14th June the Cairns sun was shining, the temperature was just right and it was just another day in Tropical Far North Queensland paradise except, I had the opportunity to join Billy Tea Safaris on their FANTASTIC Cape Tribulation, Daintree Rainforest and four wheel drive Bloomfield Track.

For someone who was born and raised 25 years in Cairns Queensland Australia, I was most amazed with the educational commentary on this Cairns day tour. From information of the North Queensland Coastline and Captain James Cook (who discovered Australia), to the Aboriginal medicinal practices & culture along with rainforest, animal, township, celebrity & general history of the area, our amazing guide did not tell us anything that I already knew. I have lived here all these years and never knew how fragile our environment was and how much damage we are actually doing to our environment.

This Cape Tribulation day tour is for everyone and anyone, even if your touring on your own (like myself), the close interaction with the entire group makes for a relaxed comfortable day and finishes with a few more friends from around the world. Whilst on this informative rainforest tour, you will ride in a custom built 20 passenger four wheel drive vehicle, built for passenger comfort.

You will firstly drive North along the scenic route past Port Douglas to a small town called Mossman, where you will stop for a short tea/coffee/bathroom/get to know each other break. Jump back on board the purpose built long wheel base four wheel drive vehicle for the amazing drive through lush farmland & seascape to the majestic Daintree River, where you will cross on the Daintree River Ferry to the northern part of the Daintree Rainforest, all the while being informed about the 500 million year old Cape Tribulation Rainforest surrounding you.

Billy Tea River Cruise

Billy Tea River Cruise

At the top of the Alexandra Range lookout, the views are absolutely amazing, you can see right out to Low Isles and Snapper Island and all the way back down the coastal range you just drove up.

Just after the lookout, you will take a Rainforest board walk and learn all about the ancient and current aboriginal medicinal practices and culture. After that little work out it is time for a 6 kilometer drive along the world famous four wheel drive Bloomfield Track to reach your next destination of Emmagen Creek where you have the chance to have a swim in the middle of a world heritage Rainforest and sample some exotic tropical fruit s that you have probably never seen or heard of before or you were just to scared to buy from your green grocer as you had no idea on what to do with them. To compliment the fruit you will also enjoy a sip on a fresh brew of the Daintree’s home grown ‘Billy’ Tea.

Once everyone has finished their Tea and fruit, your on to the next destination…Cape Tribulation Beach, where you have some free time to wander the beachfront with the sand between your toes, soak up some sun and take a few snapshots of some historical spots on the beach. By now believe me, you would have worked up quite the appetite so you will head a few more kilometers up the road to your lunch destination at a beautiful old open style restaurant.

Your guide will cook up a good old fashioned Aussie BBQ with mouth watering Steak , sausages and a variety of tasty salads (vegetarian options are also available upon request). After lunch it’s Kangaroo feeding time!!!! You actually get to feed the kangaroo’s yourself… in their enclosed area, not through a fence… right in there with them! After the kangaroos have sniffed you all out of treats you will head back to the Daintree River and board a boat where you will go on a guided boat cruise down the Daintree River, learning all about the Birds, Crocodile & other wildlife in the area. Make sure you keep your eyes peeled as there are lots of crocodiles sunning themselves on the riverbanks, remember to keep all hands inside the boat at all times as…crocodiles can jump!

The 1hr 1/2 drive back down the Coast to your accommodation is just as pretty as it was on the way up, by now, the sun is going down and tucking itself just behind the horizon. The sky’s pinks, blue’s & purples are perfect for one last stop off to take as many snapshots as your heart desires while also taking it in with your own eyes and reflecting over the amazing day you just had.

Thank you Billy Tea Safari’s, you truly are the Cape Tribulation & Daintree Rainforest Specialists!

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