I'm back with more photographs from our amazing down under vacation.

Today, I'm sharing a few snippets from a self-guided tour through the Daintree Rainforest.

I decided against booking a guided tour, primarily because I cannot sit on a bus for a long period of time, especially with kids, but I also wanted to be able to stop whenever we saw something of interest. Plus on our way back to Cairns we had decided to stop at Port Douglas for dinner.

So we headed to Cape Tribulation for the day which is about 2 1/2 hours from Cairns. To get to Cape Tribulation you need to cross the Daintree River by ferry. You are then free to drive around and make stops whenever you want. Our first stop was the lookout at Mt Alexander. The view was breathtaking.

Mt Alexander Lookout, Daintree Rainforest, Queensland Australia

From there we wound our way around to the Daintree Discovery Centre which I thought would be a fabulous spot for the kids to explore. There is an audio guide so you can learn more about what you are seeing, which we used on and off during our walk and we had a great lunch in the cafe.

The Daintree Rainforest Discovery Centre

The aerial walkway and boardwalks wind around the Discovery Centre and through the rainforest. At the back is a 23 metre high structure which takes you to the canopy and several viewing platforms.

Daintree Rainforest, Queensland Australia

The Daintree Rainforest, Queensland Australia

The Daintree Rainforest, Queensland Australia

The Daintree Rainforest, Queensland Australia

Below are Metallic Starlings, they construct the most amazing communal nests.

Daintree Rainforest birds: Metallic Starlings and their communal nests

Daintree Rainforest birds: Metallic Starlings and their communal nests

This may look like an egg, but it is actually a Cassowary Plum, which is the favorite food of the Southern Cassowary.

Daintree Rainforest: Cassowary Plum

Daintree Rainforest: Ant nest
After exploring the Discovery Centre we drove to the Jindalba Boardwalk, which is a quick 45 minute walk. That's where you can really get out into the rainforest and listen to the spectacular sounds of the native birds and if you get lucky like we did you'll spot a snake or two as well.

Daintree Rainforest: Reptiles

Daintree Rainforest: Jindalba Boardwalk
We then drove further north to the Mangrove Boardwalk which is just south of the main town. It's only a very short walk from the parking area, past the mangroves and out onto the beach, but it's lovely just the same.

Daintree Rainforest: Mangrove Boardwalk

Daintree Rainforest: Mangroves

Daintree Rainforest: Sea Life

Daintree Rainforest: Mangrove Boardwalk

The Daintree Rainforest, Queensland Australia

The Daintree Rainforest, Queensland Australia

The Daintree Rainforest, Queensland Australia

By the time we were ready to leave it was mid afternoon and we had a bit of a drive back to the ferry and then to Port Douglas from there. We had passed a sign for the Daintree Icecream Company on our way to the Mangrove Boardwalk, so we headed there for afternoon tea. It is well worth a stop. Not only do they make the most delicious icecream, but you can wander through their orchard to see all of the exotic fruit trees.

The Daintree Icecream Company, Daintree Rainforest, Queensland Australia

 I think my next post will be about Kuranda Village, train ride and skyrail. Stay tuned.

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2 comments

Jamie January 17, 2014 - 8:10 pm

I really enjoyed your pics when you were in Australia. I’m not sure if I ever shared this with you but I was there my junior year of high school for about a week and a half. A trip I will always remember. From Seeing Live Kangeroos to touching a Kangeroo to snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef and seeing my first Rainforest..

Seeing your photos brought back so many memories =) I’m glad you were able to visit home and be around family for the holidays. Was this your kids first time in Australia?

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Tonya Staab January 20, 2014 - 4:33 pm

Okay completely ignore my last question :).

This was the kids 4th trip to Australia. We try to go as often as possible so they can spend time with family and so I can see my friends as well. This was their first trip to Queensland though, normally we head straight to Melbourne.

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