5. Cape Tribulation (1 day)

Suggested 1-day tour to the Daintree and Cape Tribulation National Park. Introduction to Cairns gay life.

Overview:
This tour covers one the most unique regions in the world – you will see the oldest forest on the planet, visit vast picturesque beaches, swim in crystal clear waters of a rainforest river, get to know Australian animals and birds, including cassowaries and tree kangaroos, which are hard to see otherwise, see some places related Captain Cook. You will also have a cruise on the crocodile Daintree river.

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Description of this one-day tour from Cairns:
(The arrangements for Turtle Cove, Pt Douglas, etc. could be slightly different.)

You will go through one of the most picturesque sections of the Coral Sea road to the north of Cairns towards the Daintree and Cape Tribulation National Park (places visited by Captain James Cook, and the oldest rainforests in the world).

You will make a stop at the Rex lookout which has a nice view over the Coral Sea, Double Island and beaches.

You will visit a wildlife sanctuary near Port Douglas where you could see very rare tree kangaroos, and also many other local animals and birds including the cassowary.

Then you will go to a ferry crossing over the Daintree River. You will have a 1-hour cruise on a picturesque river where you will be able to see crocodiles in the wild. After crossing the river, you will find yourselves in the Daintree tropical rainforest. It covers 1200 sq km and is the largest single block of tropical rainforest in Australia. The diversity and structural complexity of the vegetation here is unparalleled in Australia. This is an area of the oldest forest on this planet dating to dinosaurs. It is a habitat of such rare endangered species as cassowary and tree kangaroo.

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You will stop at the Alexandra lookout which has a beautiful view over the Daintree River mouth, crocodile-shaped Snapper Island surrounded by reefs, Low Islands located 15 km from Port Douglas, and Port Douglas itself, tall tree ferns and cycads, as well as other tropical trees.

You will have lunch at Heritage Lodge not far from Thornton Beach and Coopers Creek. From the restaurant you could walk to a transparent mountain river nearby which has excellent spots for swimming (if you wish).

You will walk on the beautiful Thornton Beach from which you could see the place where Captain James Cook’s ship was grounded on a reef, and only thanks to the skills of his crew and the tenacity of its captain, as well as pure luck, HM Bark Endeavour got off the reef and, after some basic repairs, went to a safer place in the north for further repairs, where nowadays a city named after him, Cooktown, is located.

Then you will go to the ferry crossing over the Daintree River.

After that, you will be heading back to Cairns.

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On the way back you could visit a popular gay resort, Turtle Cove (if you are not staying there already). Here you could order beer, wine or a cocktail, have a walk on a cute beach, and have a swim in the sea (clothing optional). You could also have a chat with local gays and gays from other countries.

In Cairns you could visit some places popular with gays: clubs and restaurants. You could also enquire about such activities as Tropical Pride which includes a Fair Day; concerts, balls and parties; and post Sydney Mardi Gras recovery at the famous Turtle Cove resort on the Coral Sea.

Tour duration: 10 hours.

 


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