Blogs from Cape Tribulation, Queensland, Australia, Oceania - page 11


Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cape Tribulation April 22nd 2008

Cairns definitely felt more like Australia, we could feel the humidity as soon as we stepped off the plane and although it seemed a little overcast it was very warm which made us cheerful. We called our hostel who organised to come and pick us up. The hostel was named Calypso and was really great fun with a large pool and great buffet that was cheap for guests every night. One of Shane's friends worked there too so we got to know the rest of the staff pretty quickly. Cairns suprised me, the town centre being very small and clean and I liked it a lot. Swimming was impossible here however, due- not to sharks- but this time to bloody crocs!!! The front shoreline boasting a great promenade for morning walks and strolls stretched out over ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cape Tribulation April 18th 2008

As part of our further exploration in northern-Queensland we decided to venture further north to a place called Cape Tribulation. This is north of Cairns and is the only place in the world where you can stay at two world heritage sites as it sites on the boarder of the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest. The journey can be done in about 1 hour but our journey took a while longer as you get to stop off at various places. We were due to be catching the same mini-bus as Laura and Emma as we had booked through the same company. However, when our pick up arrived at 7.25 we were confused not to see them onboard as their pickup was earlier as they were staying at a different hostel.The claim that there was a ... read more
Cape Tribulation beach

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cape Tribulation April 17th 2008

16th - 17th April - Cape Tribulation During our stay in Cairns we had organised a 2 day trip up North towards Cape Tribulation and the Daintree Rainforest 'Where the rainforest meets the reef'. Here is the only place in the world where two world heritage sights meet so we were expecting something special! On Wednesday 16th April our pickup was at 7Am so it was an early rise. Our bus driver was called Kiwi Matty and he chose to ask us 3 quick questions to introduce ourselves to all others on the bus... 1. Name? 2. How long are you staying in Cairns? 3. Do you scruntch or fold your toilet paper? The last question brought some interesting answers! The first stop was Mossman Gorge where we had a quick walk through the vegetation to ... read more
Jumping the gorge
The cassowary
Romeo the wallaby

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cape Tribulation February 25th 2008

No, you are not going crazy. I pre-dated this entry since this travelling adventure took place last week and I want to keep track of when these adventures actually happen, not when I finally get around to writing about them. We left Saturday morning (Feb. 23) and returned home Sunday night. Cape Tribulation is about 2 hours north of Cairns, and is known as "where the rainforest meets the ocean". We decided to rent a van for the weekend for travelling freedom. Since 7 people went (me, Christina, Annie, Philip and Yngrid, Brad, and Nick) it came out to be much cheaper than if we were to take a bus or something. However, my mental well-being was not included in this fare. Christina (from New York) drove the van going up. Keep in mind that Australia ... read more
Mossman Gorge
Mossman Gorge

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cape Tribulation February 2nd 2008

Hi everyone! Here's the latest installment of photos! We are now in Sydney, so without further ado are the photos from Queensland. We had a great time up there, the weather was a bit of a mixed bag, but it was hot and sunny when we most needed it! Cairns We stayed in a nice hostel just out of the city, with a nice pool which was great considering the heat and humidity. Cairns itself is quite small, but we had a nice time relaxing in the laid back atmosphere. Visits included Kuranda, on the Skyrail through the rainforest and then back on the Scenic Railway. We also swam a bit in the lagoon, which is a massive man made outdoor pool on the waterfront, as Cairns has no beach. We then rented a car and ... read more
Kuranda Rainforest
Baron Falls


Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cape Tribulation January 8th 2008

So - off we went in our little campervan, wondering why people were staring at us on the roads and then remembering that we were in an acid green campervan - got to laugh! Spent a couple of days in Cairns before heading up to Port Douglas and then Cape Tribulation which has beautiful rainforests. Finally Justin has seen a pretty huge spide so he's happy. Thankfully it wasnt in Kermit the Camper but in the rain forest. The drive up North was really pretty - the rain forest goes right down and meets the beach. So, all in all we're enjoying the freedom of the open road - ask us again in 6 weeks time... x... read more
More beach

Cape Tribulation was a dream come true. I worked at the Australian Tropical Research Station running the bathouse which was also an environmental education Centre, caring for the bats, assisting in research and doing general maintenance i.e. building electric fences, weed control and maintaining solar power etc to earn my keep. I lived in a little cabin in the middle of the rainforest with all the weird and wonderful animals crashing about and making noises in the night! The bats were very friendly and all had names sometimes me and Cassandra a German Girl would come back from the beach and they would climb on us give us a good sniff and lick all the salt off of our faces. The beach was 5 mins walk down the driveway and seemed very tropical with palm trees ... read more
My Cabin
Sunshine With her Apple
Cape Tribulation Beach

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cape Tribulation December 16th 2007

From Cairns we took a tour up to Cape Tribulation where we did a couple of walks around the rainforest, Mossman Gorge and took a boat ride along the river. We stayed in a hostel in the rainforest for 2 nights which was a great experience. The next day we went out on a boat onto the Great Barrier Reef where I did a couple of dives - saw loads of fish, coral, and a black-tipped shark. After Cape Trib, we headed back down the coast to Cairns for one more night, and then onwards to Townsville and to Magnetic Island - took a kayak out on the sea, and enjoyed the day relaxing on the beach (couldn't swim in the sea because of the jellyfish) and by the pool. From Magnetic Isalnd we continues down ... read more
Cape Tribulation rainforest
Crossing a wooden bridge in Cape Tribulation
Daintree river cruise

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cape Tribulation December 10th 2007

This Christmas why not experience a one of a kind adventure in Cairns? There are numerous exciting activities in Cairns that are just perfect for the whole family to enjoy! Explore Kuranda Rail, Rainforestation and Skyrail Tour Cairns or better yet visit Cape Tribulation or dare to experience the Daintree 4WD Safari! From the Railway Station you can get on the famous Kuranda Scenic Rail. The journey is unforgettable and you will be toured to through one of the world’s most scenic rail routes. The road is a crisscross of hand-hewn tunnels and bridges straddling remarkable chasms. While you are on your way to Rainforestation, you will find the breathtaking Barron Falls and will arrive at beautiful Kuranda Station short after. The Rainforestation is a sprawling garden and rainforest where a vast selection of fun activities ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cape Tribulation December 9th 2007

Day 253 (05.12.07) Since we were now making the trip to Cape Trib in the van we could choose what time we left and spent the morning shopping for a couple of essentials to make sure we could sleep and eat whilst on the road. Not far out for Cairns we took our first detour (as we do) to Yorkies Knob - this gave us the chance to really test out the van up a really steep hill to a look out (NORA did herself proud you'll be glad to know) where we got out our camping chairs and had a very civilised picnic. A quick trip to Yorkies Knob beach later and we were back on the road north. Continuing up the coast we started along the Captain Cook Highway, a stunning winding road hugging ... read more
Cape Trib trip
Cape Trib trip
Cape Trib trip

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