Cairns is done and dusted, we were able to do almost all the things we wanted plus a few new things before moving on to Port Douglas and Cooktown, firstly 65 kms to Port Douglas then an interesting drive 256 kms of nothings but still interesting.
Port Douglas was the next stop is a very popular tourist destination especially to visit the Great Barrier Reef. We have done the reef before so spent the time in the car doing day trips visiting the Daintree National Park, a world heritage listed national park mainly rainforests. We did two river cruises to see the ecology and crocodiles, which we were not allowed to pat. The cruises were fun then a drive though the National Park doing some boardwalks in the forest and mangroves, very interesting and beautiful. We also poked our nose up a few kms of the Bloomfield Track a 4WD drive road that ultimately takes you to Cooktown but no way for us if we have the van on the back, the next day we took the long way on bitumen with the van.
Cooktown is named after Captain Cook who in 1770 called in here to repair his ship the Endeavour beaching it as it was holed trying to get out of the Great Barrier Reef. We visited a museum named after him and which was opened by Queen Elizabeth in 1970 and a very interesting museum too the usual old stuff but also we saw the anchor of his ship. A few drives had us seeing the Endeavour Falls, Isabella Falls, and some coloured sands on Elim Beach. We also drive through an aboriginal community, one of the better ones we have seen and witnessed what looked like school vacation care teaching kids how to spear a banana tree trunk, interesting, don’t think they spear too much these days. A further drive had us lunching at a famous pub (up this way) called the Lion’s Den plus more of the Bloomfield Track. At the Lions Den we ran into friends of one of our daughters.
Just south of Cooktown on the highway is Black Rock Mountain. Very interesting area of about 100 acres almost exclusively big black rocks that have worked their way from way underground, neither pilots or aborigines like them, pilots because of the thermals they produce an the aborigines because its strange land to them. It is believed many people have perished exploring the mountain and falling into between rocks.
And so we move on to the Atherton Tablelands.
Until the next journal as ever.
Love and regards
Mum and Dad
AA and UM
GM and GD
Anne and Marco