|Even the bicycle stands are quite pretty|
|love this colourful sit-out|
|They look even better all lit up in the night|
We made a stop at Port Douglas before we set off to explore the rainforests. Our first stop once in Daintree was for tea/ Coffee before we set off on the Daintree river cruise. Thanks to the full moon (the Super moon, to be precise), the river was pretty swollen and we warned not to expect any crock sightings (although we were assured that the river was teeming with them). However we lucked out, and we not only spotted a large one almost as soon as we set off, but also a really little one hanging on to a flimsy branch.
|short sighting of a rather large female|
|Rather long sighting of a tiny little one hanging on for dear life|
The hour -long cruise was quite informative, with our guide (not Joe, another chap, this one) telling us all about the diverse ecosystem, the mangroves, the croc and the flora and fauna around the river system.
|Mangroves along the bank|
We made small pitstops along the way for Cassowary signs,
|Beautiful patterns in nature|
|He didn't like that we interrupted his sun -bathing|
|The bearded dragon|
|...this mask make entirely of insects. *shudder*|
|little fishes trying to give me a pedicure|
|and a cooling dunk for the more enthusiastic tourists|
Our return saw us stop at the top of Cape Tribulation and make our way down to the beach (but not quite to the water) at the Coral Sea. Beautiful, quiet, calm and serene...
Well. We'd spotted a few Jackfruit trees on our way in, so while we travelled back out, Joe decided to stop at the place. These guys make ice creams from whatever fruit ripens and falls on that day.
|What? I said it was good. Didn't say it was cheap.|
|we all played a game of spot-the-spider withthis one...|
The boat we'd booked ourselves on was a small, privately owned Pearl Lugger called the Falla. She's captained by the most entertaining Captain Doug and him and his crew are the most fabulous group of people you could ever ask for. You can see that they genuinely cared for the Reef and the marine life and they were really careful about making sure all of us had a healthy respect for the sea.
|the crew of the Falla|
|Looking slightly worried as Ranui instructs me|
Then, a couple of somersaults in mid-sea and our dive was over far too quickly.
|Much easier once we were in the water|
The next day was all about leisure and a walk down the waterfront promenade brought out the pelicans. good thing!
|I love the flower in her hair|
|bird on a wire|
|The bats erupt in huge groups and this continues for a good 15 minutes|
|The beautiful coastline|