Cape Tribulation

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After our day at the reef from Cairns, we hired a car and drove 140 km north along a gorgeous beach-studded coastline to Cape Tribulation, nestled within Daintree National Park, part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. The tropical Daintree Rainforest is considered the world’s oldest rainforest, having existed continuously for over 110 million years.

This unique region of tropical far North Queensland is the only place where two World Heritage Sites meet– where the world’s oldest rainforest meets the world’s largest coral reef system.

We took a river cruise along the beautiful Daintree River…

which is notorious for its population of salties, or saltwater crocodiles.

Salties are responsible for more deaths than any other wild predator that attacks humans for food. Even sharks are no match for these monsters. Below is Fat Albert, over 5 meters long:

In Cape Trib, we also spotted the elusive cassowary, a giant flightless bird with dagger-like claws that holds the Guinness World Record for world’s most dangerous bird!

We tried to see other local wildlife with a guided nighttime wildlife and croc-spotting walk, but the best we got was this ugly poisonous cane toad. Unlike all the other venomous critters in Australia, this animal was carelessly introduced and is now one of Australia’s worst environmental disasters.

Check out the other photos from the area, including some great shots of Richie and I opening a coconut with our bare hands! (and a rock)

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