Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation
Cape Tribulation was to be the most northern part of our road trip in Australia. Cape tribulation is a coastal area within the Daintree National Park which offers a combination of beaches and rainforest. On our first night at Safari Lodge (worth staying at if you’re in a campervan) we had a few glasses of red wine whilst playing some cards. The evening started off extremely civilised, though halfway through our game we were joined by some Aussie locals, and we ended up going on an adventure into the rainforest and partying beside a Creek all night. It was hilarious; definitely one of those travelling moments we will always look back and laugh about.
Following our eventful night in the Daintree Rainforest, we decided to spend a day exploring, and Cape Tribulation beach was our first stop. This stunning white beach is a great way to spend the morning, although you are unable to swim in the sea due to the danger of crocs and jellyfish, the beach is still lovely to walk along and has some rainforest walks surrounding it which are worth visiting.
After the beach we drove further south and firstly did the Dunuji Boardwalk - a 1.8km walk through the most beautiful scenery, it’s a very relaxing stroll and you really do feel like your in the midst of the rainforest. Another walk we would highly recommend is the Marrdja Botanical walk. It was about a 40 minute walk through mangroves, rainforest and pathways and there a many different placards that tell you about the trees and wildlife that surrounds you. This walk wasn’t very challenging, but again it was nice to have a leisurely stroll. If you are looking for something a little more challenging we would suggest doing the Mt Sorrow Ridge Walk, this takes about 6 hours return but sadly due to the weather conditions we weren’t able to do it! Gutted…
Another exciting trip you may want to include in your visit is the Daintree Ice-cream company. The farm grows fresh tropical fruits in the orchard and then make it into their own delicious ice cream. It was so fresh and tasty, they change the 4 flavours every day depending on what fruit they have available. It has been voted by Lonely Planet as the most scenic ice cream company in the world so definitely worth your time!
Our last stop of the trip was Port Douglas; which is well known for its restaurants, walks, golf courses, and five star resorts. Although most of these were out of our budget it was still nice to stroll around and feel like we belong! On the drive in we were reminded of Noosa, because it had a real luxury feel. We parked up our campervan up at a lovely place called Pandanus Caravan Park, the park has great facilities and a nice pool area for those sunny days! The caravan park was also right next to Dougie’s Hostel which is a great hostel for travellers to hang out - worth a visit for one evening. Sadly when we got there it was already full (along with 3 of the other hostels), so perhaps booking in advance is a good idea. When in Port Douglas, we also went down to the main beach one afternoon which was clearly very popular with the locals, we strolled along the white sand and had a drink at one of the bars along the end. Port Douglas was a short but sweet stay for us, but for those on a higher budget we would suggest a longer stay - make the most of those beach restaurants!