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Feb 22

Cape Tribulation and Daintree Rainforest with Billy Tea Safaris – AN ALL WEATHER ADVENTURE!!

Posted on February 22, 2010 by

Cape Tribulation and Daintree National Park: An amazing location in the Rainforest, approx. 153 Km North of Cairns.  There are lots of companies to choose from for this tour but I was lucky to experience it with Billy Tea Bush Safaris and I must admit: It was an AMAZING DAY!

Billy Tea is a family owned company since 1981.  They are an Eco Accredited Tour Operator and use purpose built long wheel base four wheel drives to cross the numerous creeks whilst you are sitting up high nice and comfortable enjoying the views. 

The pick up time is approximately 7:00am in Cairns.  During our drive along the scenic coast, Fin, our local, experienced tour guide/driver introduced us to the history and economy of Cairns and its area.

Our first stop was Mossman, a small town specialized in the sugar cane industry and located approximately 80 Km North of Cairns. We stopped at Raintrees Café for a short break (If you want to have breakfast).  It was now time to head up to our river cruise on the Daintree River.  In the mangroves we spotted birds, a snake and two baby salt water crocodiles. Amazing creatures!

After the cruise on the Daintree River, our guide took us to the Alexandra Range lookout, a beautiful location where you can enjoy the view of the World Heritage Daintree Rainforest and coast and take a photo.

Jindalba Walk was next. It is a boardwalk located in the national park. Fin took us on a 20 min walk through the rainforest and pointed out to us all the species of flora and fauna he could find.  Fin, having grown up in Cape Tribulation and Daintree, spent many years of his life being a local and subsequently knew everything and anything about the Cape Tribulation and Daintree Rainforest and answered all of our questions in a heartbeat.

It was lunch time when we reached LyncHaven for our tropical Aussie BBQ: I have never seen steaks that size before, they were massive! Lunch consists of a choice of steak, reef fish or a vegetarian patty.  All meals were served with the freshest salads.  While the cook was busy preparing our lunch we went to the wildlife enclosure to hand feed the kangaroos. You can even pat these ever so friendly creatures.

After lunch we were all looking forward to our next adventure: The famous pioneer trail, Bloomfield Track for a swim at Emmagen Creek. The access to this creek is only by four wheel drive.

I must admit: The swim at Emmagen Creek was the highlight of my day. To be able to go for a swim in pristine water in the middle of the rainforest, especially when it is hot was so refreshing.Your body just cools down immediately with your senses taking in the purity of your surroundings. During our stop at Emmagen Creek our guide prepared for us a tropical fruit tasting including lady finger banana, Jack fruit, pineapple, passion fruit, black sapote as well as the traditional “Billy Tea”: How to prepare the tea the real Aussie way!

After our relaxing break it was time to go and visit the famous Cape Tribulation Beach, where the Rainforest meets the Great Barrier Reef: It is paradise on earth! We had spare time to go for a walk along the beach, take a peak at the lookouts and explore the boardwalks.

While in Cape Tribulation we did have time to stop at The Daintree Ice Cream Company to taste some daily fresh tropical fruit ice cream (More food – Delicious flavors!).

It was now time to catch the ferry across the Daintree River to go back to Cairns. We stopped at the Rex Range Lookout to take a shot of the scenery. We arrived back to Cairns at 6.30pm.

This tour is an all weather experience… But I personally think it is even better to go while it is raining to see the rainforest at its greenest best!

My tip for this trip: Bring swimmers, towel, camera, water, sunscreen, insect repellent, raincoat if you do have one.

Florence, TTS Consultant

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