Paul and Elizabeth's Adventures in Oz

Days 10 & 11, Thursday & Friday, September 5 & 6, 2002—
We boarded the Sunlander train at 8:55 a.m. on Thursday. We had booked a sleeper car for the 32 hour trip up the Queensland coast to Cairns, where we picked up a rental car for the drive to Cape Tribulation. Along the train route, we spotted wild kangaroos and some domesticated camels. And lots and lots of sugar cane! Really nothing to do those 32 hours but eat, sleep, read and look at scenery! After arriving in Cairns, we taxied to the airport and picked up a rental car for the 2 1/2 hour drive to Cape Tribulation. Quite an experience, driving on the "wrong" side of the road! By the way, everything else seems to be reversed, too, from the proper side of a sidewalk to walk on to the side of the steering wheel that the turn indicators are on! Elizabeth let Paul drive, with plenty of shouted "Left side, LEFT SIDE!!!!!!" reminders. At least half of the drive to Cape Trib was in the dark, and we arrived about 8:30 p.m.

Paul in the train Sleeper car
Paul in our sleeper compartment
Sleeper compartment (seats/berths on right)
Camels viewed from the train

Days 12 & 13, Saturday & Sunday, September 7 & 8, 2002—
Cape Tribulation, Queensland — Cape Tribulation was named by Captain James Cook after his ship went aground here and he noted "This is where all our troubles began." Now home to the Daintree National Park (rainforest) and base for many excursions out to the Great Barrier Reef, Cape Trib has become a destination for young and old alike. We stayed at Cape Trib Beach House , a lodging suggested by our Brisbane hosts from a vacation documentary they'd seen. The accomodations are budget, but very clean and well maintained. The food served by the bistro on site is excellent and very reasonably priced. We were very pleased with our stay there.

On Saturday, in spite of a constant drizzle, we took a 6 mile hike along the beach, through the rainforest, and back to the Beach House along the road. Good thing we did that on Saturday, too, because Saturday night it rained and on Sunday it was soooo humid that we would have collapsed had we tried such a walk! Sunday, we went to the Dragonfly Bistro & Gallery for lunch (we were there too late for lunch on our Saturday walk.) We dined with two local white-lipped green frogs and some beautiful blue Ulysses butterflies.

Tomorrow we drive down to Port Douglas for 4 days of day-trips including rainforest day & night tours, the Great Barrier Reef and aboriginal village tours.

Beach hut Beach hut inside
Our beach hut at Cape Trib
Inside our beach hut
In the Rainforest
Cape Trib Lookout
The view from Cape Trib Lookout (that's Paul)
Elizabeth in the Rainforest
(hey Carters — that's a DWO cap!)
Dragonfly Bistro
Dragonfly Bistro & Gallery, Daintree Rainforest
Waterlilly in Dragonfly Bistro pond