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Oct 03
2008

Tales from the Daintree Explorer Tour – Trek North


Posted on October 3, 2008 by

Yesterday I went on the Daintree Explorer tour with Trek North. It was an early start – 7.10am – well I am not a morning person but it was totally worth it! Mario, our guide and driver, picked me up from the Hilton hotel and after collecting a few more people from other locations we started heading north. It took about one hour drive to Mossman Gorge, during this time Mario gave us an overview of our day while explaining to us a few curious things about Cairns and surroundings.
First stop: Mossman Gorge. What a beautiful place! We did not get to swim in the Mossman River because the time was a little limited, but if you are not a local it is one of those places that really makes you want to come back to Tropical North Queensland! Big boulders, crystal clear water and luscious rainforest: very inviting! We also had a walk on the swing-bridge for a few good pictures.
Next: Daintree River Cruise. After a simple yet replenishing Morning Tea (and such friendly staff), we headed towards the river for our 1-hour cruise. Our cruise conductor welcomed us with a true blue Aussie charm. He was great, he knew a lot about all the river wildlife and his explanations about plants and aquatic fauna were interactive and interesting, never boring. We saw quite a few amazing birds (so it is great for birdwatchers!) but we did not spot any crocodiles unfortunately. We have been a bit unlucky though, tide was high and water was very warm (about 26^C) so with these conditions crocodiles normally are quite comfortable underwater and have no reasons to merge and say hi!
After the cruise it was lunchtime already, so we headed towards the Daintree Tea House were the friendly and very efficient staff welcomed us. I found the Tea House very cozy and the presentation about the varieties of tropical fruit was extremely interesting. I didn’t know that certain types of fruit even existed!
Some people had chicken for lunch, but I chose barramundi of course. The food was fresh and delicious, served with salad, chips and a taste of tropical fruits. After lunch we headed towards The Rainforest Habitat Park which is in Port Douglas, one of the highlights of the tour. Everybody (me included, I admit!) was looking forward to feed the kangaroos and take a picture with the koalas. But there is more: the park is divided in different sectors, each recreating the different environments found in our area – and in Australia (grassland, rainforest, wetland, etc.). It is very interesting and I am sure that bird lovers and overseas travelers would truly enjoy it. The park offers a bit of everything: emus, lots of different species of birds all flying free around you (there are no cages!), kangaroos, wallabies, crocodiles, koalas, etc.
Also, I had my picture taken while holding a koala. What an amazing experience! Also you can have your photo taken while holding a little crocodile or a python.
After 1 hour at the Park (which was bigger than what I thought!), we headed towards Port Douglas for the last stop of our tour. Mario took us to the lookout where we admired a great view of the famous Four Miles Beach, and then we stopped quickly in town to take a look at a nice little chapel and at the Marina Mirage just to buy some refreshments for our trip back to Cairns.
I had a very nice time and I believe this tour is perfect if you wish to have a nice, relaxing day. Thank you Trek North for such a lovely day! Daintree Explorer Information and Bookings

Valentina – The Tour Specialists Hilton

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