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Daintree Rainforest

I took a trip to Far North Queensland to see friends near Port Douglas and take a look at the Daintree Rainforest, staying at Cape Tribulation where the sealed road ends. Somehow there ended up being too many photos… 🙂

Enduring question: Why do some beaches up there have a sign saying don’t swim there’s crocs but also another sign warning against lethal jellyfish in summer, providing a handy bottle of vinegar in case you get stung? At least if one doesn’t get the idiots the other will!

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animals

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flowers, fruit, funghi

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panoramas

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reef

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scenes and mangroves

every sign you'd need at Mossman market

boats and curios

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from the plane – Cairns to Melbourne

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Daintree scenes and mangroves…

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I saw much beautiful scenery but almost missed the best which I managed to squeeze in just before leaving. Dubuji Boardwalk has huge fan palm groves and is more dense than other areas I visited. Although where I stayed is right next door and the beach a stone’s throw away you feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere.

Here’s a tip: if you absolutely must have mobile reception climb to the top of the observation tower at the Daintree Discovery Centre. Seemed to be the only reception available until Mossman!

Daintree panoramas…

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Arced strangler fig – Marrdja Boardwalk

A strangler fig seed is deposited fairly high on a tree by a bird and germinates there. It sends roots down along the tree, over time entirely wrapping it in a lattice of fused roots. It also sends branches high up, cutting off the original tree’s light source. Eventually the host dies and decays, leaving the strangler fig to live in all it’s glory.

This specimin came out of the ground at a 45 degree angle, started to straighten gradually as it got higher towards the sun, eventually crossing a vertical tree trunk and heading to the sky. I stood next to the vertical tree trunk to take these shots, it’s upside-down at the top of the photo. A bit hard to visualise I know. It was pretty impressive to see. The clump about two-thirds of the way up is where it’s sent roots straight down to the ground instead of hugging the host tree, and where the branches begin.

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Cool vine – Marrdja Boardwalk

This thick base of this vine caught my eye, then I noticed it trailed along the ground for about 10 metres, becoming a tangled knot of origin.

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Magic twisted vine – Daintree Discovery Centre

The twists in this vine seem to defy logic, however the untwisted sections are a good example of fused wood. This is actually 2 vines. Over time parts have welded together and seem as one. Cool. Also, notice the great stag horns at the very top of the photo.

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Absolutely mammoth strangler fig – Daintree Discovery Centre

It’s estimated this strangler fig is 500 to 600 years old. It is massive and overwhelming to stand before. The base of the main trunk would have to be at least 2 to 3 metres wide.You can’t help but admire the enterprising nature of this species. Like the previous example, it has also sent down vertical support roots. The branches extend well past where I could easily discern them. This one doesn’t have the acute lean of the previous one, but does arc to the right from about a third up.

Daintree flowers, fruit, funghi…

My new macro lens is marvellous, and just in time to get up close in the Daintree.

Flowers floating on the Daintree River, pink and red ginger flowers a tiger orchard, others I don’t know the names of, including one with little ants exploring. Most of these were taken at the Daintree Ice-Cream Factory. Great ice-cream and a lovely garden.

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Soursop ice-cream tastes very good. The fruit is not so attractive though! One appeared to be taken over by an alien lifeform, complete with little squirts of liquid, which are just visible in the photo below.

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Lots of interesting looking funghi grow in the Daintree. These are beside the Marrdja Boardwalk.

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Daintree animals…

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Saltwater crocodile the locals call Fang and a native bird by the side of the Daintree River.

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These beautiful cows, bred for tropical weather, were the perfect models. I’m sure they’ve posed for the camera before.

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Waiting to go on the Daintree River ferry.

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This Golden Orb Weaver spider was HUGE. She was about the size of a man’s hand with fingers stretched right out.

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Cairns Birdwing butterflies doing the jiggy jiggy in a polystyrene cocoon box. Gorgeous creatures in a butterfly farm that couldn’t have got much more worse than it was. There’s only one in the Daintree area, don’t bother going and getting depressed during your holiday.

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Also at the butterfly farm. Don’t know what this one is, but it’s right scary looking!

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Cute little lizard on the outside of the bathroom window.


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