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CAIRNS TO CAPE TRIB - 7 DAY ROADTRIP

Cairns, Mareeba, Cooktown, Julatten, Daintree, Cape Tribulation, Pt Douglas, Cairns


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  • *Disclaimer. There are photos here that are from my previous travel site virtualtourist. VT has shut down. Please ignore that VT flag, thongs, VA's and other paraphernalia that may appear here.**

FAVOURITE PHOTO -

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THIS 7 DAY ADVENTURE WAS ARRANGED BY MY GOOD MATE DORRISE WHO LIVES IN CAIRNS. DORRISE LOVES LIVING LIFE TO THE FULL INCLUDING PLENTY OF GOOD BELLY LAUGHS, OFTEN INVOLVING THE CONSUMPTION OF FINE RED WINE ;)
DORRISE'S BEST FRIEND COLLEEN, ALSO A LOCAL NEAR CAIRNS JOINED US AND ANOTHER VT MEMBER ALLISON FROM THE SUNSHINE COAST HIRED A CAR AND TAGGED ALONG.

SO US 4 FUN LOVING BIRDS HIT THE ROAD ON ANOTHER GREAT ADVENTURE INTO THE UNKNOWN.

THIS 7 DAY ROADTRIP FROM CAIRNS WOULD SEE US HEADING INLAND TO MAREEBA, UP TO THE FAR TOP END AT COOKTOWN AND THEN ACROSS TO THE DAINTREE AND CAPE TRIBULATION AND BACK DOWN TO CAIRNS THROUGH PT DOUGLAS.

SOME OF THE PLACES THAT WE WENT TO AND THINGS WE DID WERE MIXED TOGETHER WITH FUNNY SCARECROWS, HAVING LUNCH WITH A TOWN MAYOR, FANTASTIC COFFEE TASTINGS, AWESOME MANGO WINE TASTINGS, COMING FACE TO FACE WITH UNIQUE ROCK WALLABIES, DEVOURING FRESH PRAWNS STRAIGHT OFF THE TRAWLER, VIEWING SUNSET FROM THE TOP END WITH A GLASS OR 3 OF FINE RED, WANDERING THROUGH LUSH RAINFOREST, VISITING STUNNING DESERTED BEACHES, STAYING IN CABINS IN THE BUSH AND SHARING DRINKS WITH THE LOCALS.

SO...... IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO DO A CAR TRIP TO CAPE TRIBULATION, THEN I WOULD URGE YOU TO SPEND 7 DAYS AND DO THE SAME AS US.

FIRST THINGS FIRST .... CAIRNS.

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A DAY TRIP TO FITZROY ISLAND.
THE FERRY RETURN RIDE IS CHEAP AND THE ISLAND OFFERS A GOOD BAR OVERLOOKING THE PRETTY BEACH AND A UNIQUE TURTLE CONSERVATION CENTRE.

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VA's - YOU'LL GET USED TO THESE AS YOU READ THROUGH MY TRAVEL STORIES. VIRTUAL ATTENDEES.
VA's ARE PEOPLE FROM ALL AROUND THE WORLD THAT COULD NOT BE WITH US SO THE NEXT BEST THING IS TO PRINT OUT A PIC OF THEM, LAMINATE AND TAKE THEM ALONG FOR THE RIDE.

HERE ARE OUR VA's HANGING AROUND READY FOR THE BIG TRIP :)
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DAY 1 - OFF TO MAREEBA - THROUGH KURANDA TO THE FIRST PITT STOP -
THE MAREEBA SCARECROWS FOR A PHOTOSHOOT INCLUDING OUR VA's.
THE SCARECROWS ARE ON THE LEFT HAND SIDE OF THE ROAD ON THE WAY TO MAREEBA. YOU CAN'T MISS THEM.

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COFFEE TIME!
JAQUES COFFEE IS A FAMILY OWNED SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS. I TAKE MY HAT OFF TO THEM. THIS FAMILY HAVE SURVIVED CONSIDERABLE OBSTACLES SINCE THEIR BUSINESS INCEPTION IN THE 1980's. WHEN YOU VISIT, TAKE THE TOUR.

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I GOT A LITTLE CREATIVE ON PHOTOSHOP WITH A REFLECTION PIC TAKEN AT JAQUES :)

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MAREEBA.
STAY AT THE MAREEBA LODGE - THE GREEN BUILDING - CAN'T MISS IT.
MAREEBA LODGE HAS A BBQ AREA THAT WE USED TO COOK OUR SAUSAGES FOR A CHEAP DINNER.

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DAY 2 - OUT AND ABOUT IN MAREEBA.

THE HERITAGE MUSEUM WHERE WE HAD LUNCH WITH THE MAREEBA MAYOR (GOOD FRIEND OF COLLEEN's) AND SOME FUN WITH OUR VA's.

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VA IN THE DUNNY
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PICK THE BOOZER...?
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GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN :)
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WE HAD PLANNED TO VISIT THE MAREEBA MARKETS BUT THEY WERE NOT ON SO WE TOOK A DRIVE AROUND THE BACK STREETS
AND DISCOVERED BASALT CREEK.
HERE WE SOON LEARNT THAT OUR FRIEND DORRISE WAS INDEED THE TRUE 'CHOOK WHISPERER' .
ON A PREVIOUS ROAD TRIP WE CAUGHT DORRISE IN ACTION - WHISPERING TO LLAMAS AND BIRDS.......
SHE TELLS ME THAT ANIMALS ARE ATTRACTED TO HER...... HAHA PFFT! BUT SO TRUE!!!!

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THE DUCKS AND VA's WERE ALL EARS TOO!

THE DUCKS AND VA's WERE ALL EARS TOO!

ON OUR BACK STREET TOUR WE SAW A SIGN - MANGO WINE!!!
WINE?!! WHAT GIRL CAN RESIST THAT?!!! :)

THE GOLDEN DROP WINERY...... TASTY MANGO LIQUEURS AND A DIVINE MANGO BUBBLY TO DIE FOR!!
NO TRIP TO MAREEBA IS FULFILLED WITHOUT A BIT OF 'THE GOLDEN DROP'.

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VA's GETTING IN OUR WAY AS USUAL
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AUSSIROSE GETS CREATIVE WITH CANON 60D
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GRANITE GORGE WHERE THE ROCK WALLABIES LIVE.

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CHECK OUT THE LOOK ON THE TOURISTS FACES! PRICELESS :O)
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ROCK WALLABY IS MORE INTERESTED IN THE VT FLAG THAN AUSSIROSE
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ALLISON AND ROCK WALLABY MAKE FRIENDS
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AND DORRISE SWIFTLY BECAME THE WALLABY WHISPERER.... :)
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DOESN'T GET ANY BETTER THAN THIS HEY. WONDER WHAT THE RICH PEOPLE ARE DOING?... LOL.
A LATE AFTERNOON PICNIC WITH WINE AND CHEESE! :)
AND OF COURSE SOME OF THAT GORGEOUS MANGO BUBBLY.
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DAY 3 - OFF TO COOKTOWN.

THE DRIVE TO COOKTOWN IS LONG SO WE HEADED OUT EARLY. THERE'S NOT MUCH TO SEE ALONG THIS STRETCH.
FEELING THIRSTY?....
LOOK OUT FOR THE SIGN TO THE LIONS DEN AND HANG A SWIFT RIGHT.
NOT A BIG DETOUR, BUT MOST CERTAINLY WORTH IT FOR A REFRESHING ALE AND NICE PUB LUNCH.

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WE ADDED OUR NAMES ON THE WALL OF FAME HERE :O)
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ANNAN RIVER JUST BEFORE COOKTOWN MADE FOR A NICE PHOTO SHOOT.

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COOKTOWN
HARBOUR VIEW LUXURY APARTMENTS WAS PLAN B. PLAN A DIDN'T GO SO WELL. THAT ACCOMMODATION WAS DIRTY AND SMELLY.
WITH ALL OF US CHIPPING IN, THE PRICE HERE WAS JUST RIGHT.... AND THE VIEW OVER THE HARBOUR WAS GORGEOUS!
WE EVEN SAW CAPTAIN COOK WALKING PAST!! :)
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DAY 4 - OUT AND ABOUT IN COOKTOWN.

WE FOLLOWED THE PATH ALONG THE HARBOUR READING ALL THE PLACARDS DEDICATED TO THE ARRIVAL OF COOK AND THE EARLY SETTLERS HERE. JUST PAST THE KIOSK AND HOME OF LOADS OF SEAGULLS, WE WATCHED A TRAWLER COME IN.
AHHHH.... FRESH SEAFOOD!! WE WERE THEIR FIRST CUSTOMERS FOR THE DAY.
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THERE'S NOTHING LIKE FRESH PRAWNS STRAIGHT OFF THE TRAWLER!
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JUST CHECK OUT THAT SUCKER!!! MMMMM.
SORRY ALLISON...NOT A GOOD PHOTO. I WAS SHAKING WITH ANTIPICATION.
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THE OTHER 2 WERE GETTING PLATES AND WINE GLASSES OUT AND MAKING A SALAD.
ALLISON AND I COULDN'T WAIT. WE JUST HOOKED IN!!
WHO NEEDS PLATES AND STUFF WHEN THERE'S FRESH PRAWNS TO BE HAD :)
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HOW GOOD ARE WE GIRLS!! CHEERS!!! ;)
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THE SUN WAS DROPPING FAST. NO TIME TO CLEAN UP.
WE JUST GRABBED OUR HALF FULL WINE GLASSES AND JUMPED IN THE CAR...
DRIVEN BY COLLEEN's HUBBY WHO HAD COME TO JOIN US FOR THE NIGHT - LAST MINUTE DECISION....
AND HEADED UP TO THE LOOKOUT TO ENJOY THE SUNSET.
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OOPS.... IT'S ALL THE CAMERA'S FAULT ;)
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AND AUSSIROSE GETS CREATIVE AGAIN
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DAY 5 - OFF TO CAPE TRIBULATION VIA JULATTEN AND DAINTREE

BACK THE WAY WE HAD COME IN - BECAUSE THERE IS NO SHORTCUT TO THE DAINTREE. TURN OFF IS AT JULATTEN.

JULATTEN TAVERN WAS JUST THE PLACE FOR A PUB LUNCH ON THE SHADY VERANDAH WITH A BEAUTIFUL VIEW.
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AUSSIROSE PLAYS WITH THE CANON 60D
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THIS PART OF THE JOURNEY GOT A LITTLE BETTER.
WE HAD LEFT THE DRY AND DUSTY OUTBACK AND WERE HEADING TOWARDS THE NORTH QLD TROPICS.

DAINTREE
DAINTREE VILLAGE IS SMALL BUT HAS A LOT OF THINGS TO SEE AND DO.
LAST TIME HUBBY AND I WERE HERE WE DID A DAINTREE RIVER CRUISE AND CROC SPOTTING.
THIS TIME WE WANDERED AROUND TOWN AND CHECKED OUT THE QUAINT GIFT SHOPS AND LOVELY FLOWERS.
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CAPE TRIBULATION
DAINTREE RAINFOREST BUNGALOWS IS THE PLACE TO STAY! ED THE OWNER MADE US FEEL VERY WELCOME.
EVENINGS WERE SPENT IN THE BBQ AREA WITH ED AND OTHER GUESTS.
I CANNOT RECOMMEND THIS PLACE HIGHLY ENOUGH.
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EVERY MORNING THE LAWN WAS FULL OF THESE GLISTENING SPIDER WEBS. NO SPIDERS IN SIGHT.
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DAY 6 - OUT AND ABOUT AT CAPE TRIB

THE RAINFOREST WALK IS A MUST DO.
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BUMPY SATINASH. FUNNY NAME HEY.
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CAPE TRIB BEACHES ARE ABSOLUTELY STUNNING!
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DON'T SWIM THOUGH.... THIS IS CROC TERRITORY.
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A LITTLE CREATIVE PHOTOSHOPPING USING TOPAZ LABS PLUGIN
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DAY - BACK TO CAIRNS

WE WERE SAD TO LEAVE OUR NEW FRIEND ED.
HOPEFULLY BE BACK ONE DAY MATE.
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DON'T FORGET TO STOP AT THE DAINTREE LOOKOUT.
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LUNCH AT SALSA BAR AND GRILL PT DOUGLAS HIT THE SPOT.
TOPPED OFF WITH A CELEBRATORY COCKTAIL :)
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BACK IN CAIRNS WE HAD OUR LAST LUNCH TOGETHER AT THE SALT HOUSE ON THE WATER FRONT.
FOOD HERE WAS DELICIOUS. I ORDERED OYSTERS FOR ENTREE AND AL AND I HAD A SHARE PLATE.
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DEDICATED TO DORRISE OUR ORGANISER AND GOOD FRIEND. LOVE YA MATE! xx
WE ALL PUT IN SOMETHING AND GAVE DORRISE THIS LOVELY GIFT :)
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