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Jun 15

Cape Tribulation and Daintree with Trek North

Posted on June 15, 2009 by

The drive from Cairns to Cape Tribulation takes you up past the northern beaches, through Port Douglas on to Mossman and then Cape Tribulation. It is a journey riddled with beautiful scenery and with a great guide – exciting trivia. An educated tour guides such as those with Trek North will provide a friendly atmosphere filled with education and probably a laugh or two along the way.

In Port Douglas the main beach is called four mile beach and was used as an airstrip during the second war. Port Douglas is also home to a beautiful church with panoramic views of the sea. St Mary’s by the Sea has been one of the busiest locations for weddings throughout all of Australia doing about four hundred weddings annually. Over the years Port Douglas has grown in population during the gold rush and has also seen dramatic population decreases. Cairn’s was named the areas city centre for the building of the railway, which attracted people in droves. Port Douglas needed to reinvent itself in order to become a successful small economy and what better way to do this than through the travel and tourism sector. The Mirage resort was built in hope of redefining the image of Port Douglas. This proved to be an effective move for the struggling local economy creating many jobs and helping put Port Douglas back on the map. For the Mirage1300 African oil Palms were imported and planted around the area. Today many plants go through chemicals extraction for medical purposes. Sadly the rainforests around the area have seen more damage through the last one hundred thirty years than the entire ice age.

The drive up to Mossman Gorge is beautiful! Stunning views of the gorge create a terrific photo opportunity. Hugh Mossman was the first man to capitalize on the rich mineral wealth of the area. His part in creating the gold rush allowed for the town to be soon after named Mossman. It is quite different then Port Douglas in fact opposite. Everyone that lives in Mossman is working in the agricultural sector and therefore local, tourism in Mossman is minimal.

Richard Daintree was an assistant geologist and photographer in the late 1860’s who moved to Queensland. He became the first ever government appointed geologist. Richard was also the Agent General for Queensland in London when dying in his late 40’s. Richard Daintree never saw the Daintree River in his life but would have marvelled at its beauty. The Daintree River holds a plethora of marine life and is an aquatic haven for many. Crocodiles, snakes, many varieties of fish, and turtles can be found throughout the river. Mangroves provide a brilliant layer of protection for juvenile marine life and sure are a key component to the success of the ecosystem. The river and surrounding areas receive anywhere between four and six meters of rain annually. Just to sustain a rainforest you need about two meters of rain yearly.

Our tour guide took us to a swimming hole with crystal clear waters to enjoy while they prepared a beautiful lunch. At Cooper Creek you will have a chance to feed some of the ponds local fish and if you are lucky you may see a turtle. Just before lunch you will have an opportunity to stroll through the butterfly and insect museum. Hopefully you are not squeamish because there are many very large bugs.
The Daintree Rainforest walk is done through the forest on a boardwalk that has been positioned around the tree. Your guide will be extremely knowledgeable about the different species of trees and ferns. Sixty percent of the trees, ferns, butterflies and bats in Australia live in the Rainforests. Ninety thousand hectares of forest are protected which only represents about .3% of Australia’s land mass. There are 174 World Heritage protected sites in the world. The Great Barrier Reef and the Rainforests are two. Only 19 of these world heritage sites meet all four criteria. They only need to meet one criteria but the Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef meet all four.

Cape Tribulation is a gorgeous beach and surrounding area. Accessible by one road only which was built in 1963 Cape Tribulation remains a spectacle today. When Captain Cook came to the cape he was stranded offshore on the top of pat of the Great Barrier Reef. The Reef was named a world heritage site in 1981. Cape Tribulation is the only area in the world where two world heritage sites meet. The rainforest extends down all the way to where the reef starts. The cape was named tribulation due to Cook’s problems, which seemed to start at the cape. He was land locked for one of the longest times ever while travelling the open waters. The Endeavour River and reef were named after Cook’s ship. It wasn’t until 1932 that people started living in the cape, today there are about 100 permanent residents. In 1989 Cape Tribulation finally received telephone services, talk about being behind the times.

The Mosman Gorge, Daintree River and Cape Tribulation are three exciting places to visit while in the Cairns and surrounding areas. If it is interesting factoids and beautiful scenery that you are after then this is definitely the day trip for you and your family.
For more information on this tour please visit Trek North
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