Tuesday, December 09, 2008

croc spotting in daintree

yup, we caved in and joined a crocodile spotting river cruise. the tour was actually called mangrove adventures by dan irby. it was a two-hour sunset cruise and there were only 8 people in our small boat, in fact we were the only boat in the river that night. (we saw a tiny boat with two locals fishing but that doesnt count because they're almost part of the scenery anyway)

we first explored the small tributaries where dan spotted for us colorful kingfishers, beautiful gum trees that lean over the river and gives such an enchanted reflection, exotic million old plants (cant remember the names though), and muddy areas where he said crocs like to hang out. we can enter these waterways because his boat is small, dan said there are only two boats in daintree that can do that.

as the sun began to set, we glided to the wider part of the river where we saw a big group of egrets began to roost on some trees. when it got too dark to see anything, dan turned on his flashlight and looked for nocturnal creatures. we spotted huge fruitbats, green tree frogs and 2 juvenile crocodiles! later on under the starry starry sky, dan identified several constellations for us. it was magical :)

daintree river

our small boat

dan with the green tree frog

a green tree frog

a juvenile croc

earlier that day in daintree:

car ferry to daintree

beware of stingers

giant tree in cape tribulation

the view was amazing when we drived back from port douglas to cairns.

the view from captain cook highway

updraught hand gliding just next to the highway

we were just looking for a cafe to grab some lunch when we stopped by in palm cove and fell in love with the place. we ended up spending the rest of the day and one night in this "spa and wedding destination".

palm cove's melaleuca tree-lined street just next to the beach

simon with a giant century old melaleuca tree (also known as paperbarks)

palm cove beach - recently awarded as australia's cleanest beach. its true!

daintree tour:
dan irby's mangrove adventures
tel no 07/40907017
make an advance reservation with dan because his boat can only accomodate no more than 10 people.
2-hour sunset cruise for 50aud
meeting place was the daintree ecolodge just a few kilometers after daintree village

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