Well my day in the outback is not going to happen on this trip. And we had rain again. Today I took a the Kuranda Scenic Railway into the mountains above Cairns. The weather cleared for the ride up and it was beautiful. From the mountain, you could see the Daintree River empty into the coast. There is much history along this rail line. dating back to its building and its role in World War II. We rode on the original cars from the late 19th century. At the top of the mountain was the town of Kuranda with shops and activities for tourists and regular businesses for the locals.
On the way down, we took the Skyline. This would have been breathtaking had it not been for the rain and fog.
Rain again! But I am off to the Daintree Rain Forrest and Cape Tribulation. This action packed day included a cruse on the Daintree river to see crocodiles and other “nasties.” The Daintree river empties into the Coral Sea. The tied was high and it had been raining for several days. We found the water muddy and high, but couldn’t find any crocodiles. We did see a few birds and large bats.
Through our hiking into the Rain Forrest, we saw interesting vegetation and very large trees. Unfortunately, the coast was very cloudy and what we saw of the beaches and Cape Tribulation, named by Captain Cook after he ran into a reef there, did not look anything like the pictures in the brochure with blue water and bright sunny skies. One of the more beautiful spots was Mossman. There was a crystal clear stream running through the dense forrest where we stopped for a swim and fruit tasting.
For lunch we had a great barbeque and fed some Kangaroo.