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To the Port and Beyond

18 Dec

First off, sorry that I haven’t been updating this blog in the past little bit, things have been pretty crazy here down under so I haven’t had as much free internet time. Last time that I left off Grace and I were headed northward to Port Douglas from Cairns. Our lovely hostel Dougies Backpackers provided us with a free coach up the coast which made getting to the Port a breeze. After settling in to our quiet (finally) private room we decided to check out the 4 Mile Beach and walk up to town to do a bit of window shopping. That night we decided to splurge on a nice dinner at a local italian restaurant, my seafood pizza was delicious! We were pretty beat from another travel day so we headed back to the room fairly early that night and took advantage of the tv with cable in our room. The next morning we wandered back in to town for breakfast and to check out the amazing viewpoint of the beach since the sun had been hiding from us the previous day. Upon returning to our hostel we sorted out our tours for the next two days and hit the hay pretty early to rest up for our big adventures. Our first day tour was up to the Daintree rainforest beginning with a river cruise up the Daintree River during which we were supposed to see some crocodiles but we had no such luck since it was high tide, oh well. Next we journeyed up into the heart of the jungle for a mini jungle trek lead by our awesome tour guide who we chatted to for most of the walk. Up at Cape Tribulation we stopped for a quick peak at the beautiful sparkly beach (no really the sand is actually sparkles, see photo below) and for a quick provided lunch. On the way back down we stopped at a jungle ice cream shop which sold soooo many different flavour combinations, but of course I ended up with triple chocolate. We did a brief stop at the gorgeous Alexandra Mountain lookout before hopping back across the Daintree River and down to Mossman Gorge. At the Gorge we met with an Australian aboriginal who taught us about his culture and how his people makes use of the rainforest and its resources. After the talk we were bussed up to the swimming hole for a quick dip, I however did not get in as the water was far too cold (I know I make a terrible Canadian). Our bus then dropped us off at home and we went pretty much straight to bed since we had an even earlier start to make the following day. Our second day trip included a visit to the Wildlife Habitat for a breakfast buffet with the birds, basically the birds just kind of hung out around the dinning area which was kind of neat. We had some time to explore the rest of the mini zoo after breakfast and we got to feed some happy wallabies and kangaroos and check out tons of cool birds, crocs and koalas. We had just enough time to squeeze in some pictures of us holding a koala named Samson. Our real tour then started with Brett’s Kuranda Half Day Tour which picked us up right at the entrance to the habitat. Our tour was super small, just Brett an older married couple and us, score. We drove back down the very scenic highway and then hopped on the Kuranda skyrail over the jungle. The skyrail was just as awesome as I remember it being from when I was little. Up in Kuranda we were given some free time to wander through the hippy markets and shops and grab a bite for lunch. We had a yummy little lunch at this adorable little Crepe cafe. After lunch we dropped the couple off at the Kuranda Scenic Train (which us poor people couldn’t afford) and we were instead deposited at the sad mall at the bottom of the mountain for about an hour of mindless wandering. We then picked up the couple and headed over to Palm Cove for a drink on the waterfront, quite lovely. After being dropped off back at home and me promising the couple that I would definitely check out Tasmania we collapsed in to our bed only to realize that we had no way of getting to the airport in the morning, whoops. We woke up nice and early the next morning to talk to the lovely ladies at reception and managed to even score a free upgrade to a private airport limo, win!!! Our flight back down to Brisbane ended up being delayed so we spent a bunch of extra time in the Cairns airport but oh well what can you do. I promise to have the last chapter of me and Grace’s adventures soon!!!