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Billy Tea Safaris: Cape Tribulation & Daintree Rainforest
Posted on February 13, 2010 by Christina
Billy Tea Safaris are experts in Far North Queensland travel. Their Daintree/Bloomfield Track/Cape Tribulation full day trip is one of the best rainforest excursions on offer. Take a day and explore the oldest rainforest in the world – with Billy Tea Safaris.
Our day began with a 6:55am pick up from our accommodation in a purpose built overland vehicle which is spacious enough to accommodate two rows of two seats comfortably with seatbelts. Our driver and guide, Mark, was full of information about Cairns, the weather, and our upcoming day. We left the city limits and began our trek north towards the Daintree Rainforest.
Our first stop of the day was at Mossman for a quick break and breakfast (if you’re hungry!) at Raintrees Café. The massive old trees that frame the road leading out of this little town are definitely worth a photo or two before continuing the drive up to the Daintree River Cruise departure point. We were able to enjoy a cup of hot tea/coffee before boarding the boat for our hour long river cruise.
Cruising downstream we were surrounded by beautiful mangroves and picturesque mountains. We saw loads of different wildlife including mangroves, cranes, and frogs – even a tree snake! Our entertaining cruise guide took us right along the banks of the Daintree River in search of the elusive estuarine crocodile but no such luck. Our guide said it happened to be nesting season and the majority of the female crocs were off hiding with their eggs. After approximately an hour we docked at the cable ferry crossing where we met back up with Mark, our Billy Tea guide. We climbed back into our sturdy ride and set off into the Daintree Rainforest – the oldest rainforest in the world!
The first stop was at the Alexandra Range lookout where we took in the views of the coastline, river and rainforest. Soon enough we were back on the road and arriving at the Jindalba Walkway. Jindalba in an Aboriginal word meaning ‘foot of the mountain’. The walkway consisted of an elevated boardwalk that meanders through a small section of the rainforest. Armed with cameras and our guide, we explored the short walking track while learning about different flora and fauna, insects, sounds, and even what damage had been created during previous cyclones. The leisurely walk took approximately 30 minutes and by that time everyone was ready for a delicious traditional Aussie BBQ lunch!
Lunch is served at LyncHaven, a small restaurant/information centre located in the Daintree. While the steaks and sausages were sizzling on the BBQ, we walked over to the kangaroo/wallaby enclosure where we actually got to hand feed them! They ranged in size from knee height wallabies to shoulder height Grey Kangaroos but they were all equally hungry. There were also miniature crocodiles, cockatoos, and the more traditional: canine! We were called over for lunch and helped ourselves to a variety of salads and barbequed meats.
After eating we continued further north along the Bloomfield Track, an unsealed section of road north of Cape Tribulation. Our destination was Emmagen Creek for a swim in the cool freshwater and to enjoy a tropical fruit tasting that included exotic selections such as mami sapote, passion fruit and custard apple. Our driver also set up a small burner to brew the traditional ‘Billy Tea’, hence the name of the tour company! Also available was Australian damper with golden syrup and chilled white wine. Due to the fact that we were traveling in the wet season the creek was completely flooded over the road so our driver plowed right through! The weather and swollen waterways definitely added to the ambiance of our rainforest excursion.
Having cooled off in the creek we boarded our ride and began the drive south, out of the Daintree Rainforest and back towards Cape Tribulation! We stopped at a small section of the Cape Tribulation beach and had a few moments to take in the gorgeous views of the only place in the world where two world heritage sites meet and it was incredible. It was a perfect end to a very exciting day. We departed the beach and made the crossing of the Daintree River by the cable ferry. A short time later we had our final stop of the day at the Daintree Ice Cream Factory and had a chance to sample some uniquely flavored ice cream including wattle seed, macadamia nut, black sapote and wild blueberry.
After a very full on day we arrived back in Cairns around 6:15pm. The Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation and 4WD Bloomfield Drive Track with Billy Tea Safaris is a great option to fit many sights and experiences into a fully day trip. I definitely recommend this tour to see some of the most beautiful areas on the planet in the span of a day!
By: Andrea Teed, TTS Tour Consultant
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