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Wednesday the 23rd September 2015

sunny 28 °C

Having spent yesterday exploring the Daintree south of where we were staying, today we had decided to go north. The tarmac road ends shortly after Cape Tribulation so we drove there and made that our starting point and then worked our way back south. Because of the uncertainty about the northern beaches we chose to just visit rather than take the risk of encountering any of the potentially dangerous wildlife that can inhabit the waters, such as sharks, salties (saltwater crocodiles), stingers (box jellyfish) and the like. The beach was incredibly beautiful, one of those places that can touch your soul and never leave it. We walked there awhile, taking photographs as we went.

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There was a sandbank shortly out to sea, and having observed other people wading in the waters I knew that it was shallow enough to paddle out in my shorts. I was hoping there might have been some coral in the shallow waters but I didn't see any where I was walking. It's a good job I didn't linger too long or I might have needed to wade rather paddle back. As it was I was rather damp by the time I got back to where Nigel was waiting for me on dry land.

We had a closer look at the mangroves that fringed the beach and having been briefed by Dan on much of the life cycle of the trees yesterday we almost felt like experts looking out for the buttress roots, breathing roots, seedlings etc. We then made our way from the beach up a short board walk up to a lookout overlooking the bay.

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It was so beautiful that I could have happily stayed all day, but as with everything on this trip there was a compromise to be had between what we saw, and how long we saw it for. It was now approaching lunchtime, and as the road was slow and winding and the eateries a little spaced out, we stopped at a cafe called Whet and had a delicious lunch.

Although we had done a number of rainforest board walks there was one en-route that was listed as a botanical walk and had been recommended to us by our hosts. We were really glad that we did because much of the walk took us right into the impenetrable parts of the mangrove swamps in a way that would be almost impossible if one was walking on the ground.

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We also saw a strangler fig that had completely taken over a tree and eventually killed it. I thought was a great walk although it has a bit of a spooky atmosphere. From there we carried on south to Thornton Beach. The first spot we settled on was a bit noisy from a local cafe so we moved to a quieter spot and I got changed into my swimming costume and went for a deep paddle.

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As there were not that many people around on that specific bit of the beach I was a it unsure about the safety, particularly in relation to sharks and stingers. Nigel and I then just sat and relaxed for a while before we continued on in the direction of our accommodation.

Perhaps the most exciting thing that happened that day was seeing a cassowary. Nigel spotted it in a river bed and kindly turned the car around so we could have a closer look. I wouldn't have normally got as close as I did but I was standing in relative safety on a bridge more than a metre above the river.

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Nevertheless I still kept my distance and didn't stay near it for too long. We just made two more short stops, one at a tree plantation where we bought a packet of Daintree's very own tea.

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Finally we stopped off at one of Daintree ice cream makers and sampled their fruit based products going for the combi tub of the day which included passion fruit, pineapple, jack fruit and wattle seed ice cream. All were absolutely delicious, and it was really nice to see much of the fruit growing there on the farm. By this time we were pretty tired and were quite happy to return to our lodge and spend the rest of the evening in our room and the restaurant.

Posted by Gill's Travels 01:35 Archived in Australia Tagged beaches ocean australia daintree cassawaries

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