The morning dawned overcast but still warm, the mountains all around still shrouded in low clouds. I do wonder how often they reveal their splendour to the visitor.
As we descended the range, we took a detour to enjoy a boardwalk up through the rainforest. Everywhere signs alerted us that cassowaries lurked in the area, not to be fed or approached, however we did not see any. We did however appreciate the beauty of the forest, the best of its kind we have seen.
Once down to the coast, we drove the six kilometres to
, where the rain forest grows right down to the shoreline and one is greatly discouraged from swimming or any other activity that would excite a crocodile. It was only 11 am but we were hungry and a cup of coffee sounded great, so we consumed our picnic then and there. Cow Bay
No one seems too sure why this bay is thus named; it may relate to the sea cows or dugongs that feed on the seagrass in the bay, the cattle who used to graze near the beach or the cattle being swum from barges transported for fattening in the 1940s. We noted a sign advertising an activity for tourists: Cow Bay Horse Riding, and thought that a rather wonderful play on words.
The reference beside me here advises that the sealed road from the river to
Cape Tribulation is 34 kilometres; I would have thought it more because the distance from Mossman to is just short of 70 kilometres. Whatever the correct distance, the road is slow and sports more cassowary signs than there are cassowaries, and more tourists than we have seen for a while. We passed so much on offer for the tourists; B&Bs, cafes, campsites, insect museums, zoos, tea plantations, nature tours, crocodiles adventure tours, and so on. Just like Cape York, the area north of the Cape Tribulation does not have electricity except for that generated by the user. Daintree River
In 1931 the Mason family were part of a small group who settled the area and subsequently attempted to earn a living from fruit and vegetables, timber cutting and cattle, and today are involved in the tourist industry, conducting tours, operating a café, a shop and bottle shop.
We stopped at the “largest supermarket” on the
(the only one) to buy iceblocks and saw odds and ends for sale at inflated and odd prices; avocados were marked at $2.44 each, cornetto icecreams at $8.88. When I drew the storekeeper’s attention to this peculiarity, he laughed and said he liked to amuse the tourists and keep the locals on their toes. Daintree Coast
We swapped drivers part way back and I drove the tricky bit over the last range. I don’t get enough practice driving this manual vehicle so it was just as well Chris was sleeping and did not notice my dodgy gear changing. When we arrived back at the ferry, and joined the even longer queues, we missed the first and when it returned there was a car with a flat battery obstructing the ramp. The driver asked us to help him start it with jumper leads, so we drove onto the lift up ramp in an effort to assist, but his problem was too great for the quick fix. We ended up towing him off so we could all board the ferry and continue on our way.
There is a new batch of caravanners in tonight so it must be time for us to be on our way. No doubt there is much more that could be seen in Mossman and the environs, however
and business matters beckon. Cairns