Port Douglas

IMG_0263After a week in Cairns it was time to move on. Port Douglas was our next stop, again staying for a week. Our travel companions changed a little. Aunty Megan went home and my parents arrived.

On the travel day to Port Douglas the weather changed from light showers to heavy showers. I had the wettest camper set up I have ever done.

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Alec stayed in the car till I had nearly finished. Then asked if he could get out and help.

The weather didn’t improve for number of days. Some areas receiving up 300mm in a 24 hour period. Cooktown a little further north had the wettest May in history. The camper became unliveable, only using it for sleeping. All cooking was done in the caravan park camp kitchen and spent a lot time with the grandparents. They were staying in a hotel.

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I picked the worst spot in the park. At least Alec had fun.

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Plenty of puddles for Alec to play in.

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Four Mile Beach at Port Douglas. I am sure it’s a great beach in good weather.

Once the weather cleared we got out and about and explored some of the local attractions. We visited the wildlife Habitat in Port Douglas.

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The wildlife habitat was really good. So many animal to see. I have only ever seen ducks sit like this in books.

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Alec having a look at a Cassowary.

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The grandparents have a good look at a Cassowary. Good thing they did. They didn’t see any wild ones.

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If I had a memory, I would tell you what type of bird this is and everyone would think I was really smart. But I don’t have a memory. So you get, a bird standing on one leg

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A lovely picture of Alec and his grandparents.

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Thats one angry looking Owl. If you wake me up one more time, I will stick that camera somewhere where the flash will all ways be needed.

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These fresh water Crocodiles are harmless apparently.

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Alec if you see any Crocodiles in the wild. Run!!

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Oh no Alec is getting eaten by a Crocodile… wait why are you a frozen Chicken?

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A lovely photo of Alec

Went on a day trip into the Daintree.

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Looking south over the Daintree river entrance.

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Alec is a little obsessed with his diggers and tractor. Here he is playing with them on Cape Tribulation Beach.

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Cape Tribulation beach. Just one of the many amazing beach’s in the Daintree Area. Just don’t go for a swim.

And went on a river boat wildlife cruise on the Daintree River.

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The is the dominate male in the area. He has numerous females in his territory. I am amazed how many crocs are in the area. We saw four in about one kilometer of river.

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Our fellow passenges for the wildlife tour up the Daintree River. The boat was power by electric motor and was able to get close to the crocs and other wildlife.

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I hope he doesn’t try this with a real one.

Wildlife spotting failure of the week

Alec and I were following the grandparents in the hire car though the Daintree on our way to Cape Tribulation, admiring the rainforest as we went.

We came across a car stopped in the left hand lane with the hazards lights flashing. The grandparents drove slowly around them and continued on. Me being a good Samaritan, stopped to make sure everything was alright. I slowly drove up to the vehicle and wound down the left hand window. As I was asking the couple in the car “ is everything ok “ I notice both were holding camera’s. “There is cassowary” the couple replied as they pointed though my car to the right hand side of the road. I turn my head and sure enough their was a real live wild cassowary with a chick. I quickly apologised for blocking their view and drove on.

It turns out none of the grandparents saw the Cassowary as they drove past and well I can’t really say I did much better. However, thanks to the random traveler’s that stop in the middle of the road I got to see my first wild cassowary.

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