Daintree Rainforest and Cassowary Falls day trip from Port Douglas

Nestled amongst glorious green vegetation, farms of sugarcane and little country towns is the Daintree Rainforest…. and a LOT OF RAIN!

Cassowary Falls, Daintree Rainforest

Cassowary Falls, Daintree Rainforest

Little bird that joined the boat cruise

Little bird that joined the boat cruise

Yes, this was to show me just how wet the tropical rainforest in North Queensland, Australia can get. It can get very wet.

Cradling my DSLR and long lens on the ‘boat cruise’ we tried to spot crocodiles… it was a pretty epic failure and made me appreciate my time in the Pampas of Bolivia all the more. We spotted the head of one croc and got cold and wet. The trees were pretty big and diverse surrounding the river, the river itself wasn’t the prettiest given the rain though.

Daintree Rainforest River

Daintree Rainforest River

Trees in the rain

Trees in the rain

Bright trees amongst the rain

Bright trees amongst the rain

Daintree rainforest is vast

Daintree rainforest is vast

Token cow looking sad in the rain

Token cow looking sad in the rain

Onwards the group was piled into a crammed 4WD with a soft-top that was scrambled on to avoid getting too wet.

4WD to bounce around in the rainforest to Cassowary Falls

4WD to bounce around in the rainforest to Cassowary Falls

Cassowary Falls

This was a delightful spot, similar to many waterfalls in New Zealand. It was home to some eels and turtles that the children in the group enjoyed feeding. It wasn’t quite swimming weather, but a nice spot to visit.

The waterfalls were on private property and were quite an adventure through jungle-like rainforest to get to.

Cassowary Falls, Daintree Rainforest

Cassowary Falls, Daintree Rainforest

Eel at Cassowary Falls

Eel at Cassowary Falls

Turtles at Cassowary Falls

Turtles at Cassowary Falls

All-in-all the Daintree was a pretty spot, but a bit overpriced to be honest. I’d only recommend visiting when it’s not rainy season to get the most out of it. I didn’t visit Cape Tribulation or Mossman Gorge but if I was driving I’d probably head out and check them out rather than doing an organised day tour.

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