Left also wonderful Cairns (photo above) on March, 30, - heading north via the inland highway via Mareeba & Mt.Molloy & Mossman - to the small Daintree village - at the Daintree river with tides, tropical forest, mangroves... and two species of crocs.
Many roads are still closed or under rescue/maintenance after the last rains and consequent landslides. With the very hot temperatures around - this lady has a very tough job!
Tried to visit Mareeba wetlands despite the sign that the lodge there is closed - but also got stuck at the river, actually a little creek. In the same manner as this family of very charming & cheerful Aussies got stuck on the other side. They were happy they had reserves of gas & water as it was their third day when their car could not pass through the river ;-)) Chatted on our bank of the creek, - and went our own ways...
In the same manner this family of very charming & cheerful Aussies got stuck on the other side of the same river. Crossed to us to chat ;-) They were happy they had reserves of gas & water (we even offered to drive them for supplies, but it was not needed) - as it was their third day when their car could not pass through the river ;-)) Chatted on our bank of the creek, - and went our own ways...
Lunched at Mount Molloy that seemed to be in the middle of nowhere (but is in fact also a town on the highway). Really admired a "WANTED" sign for birds there.
And this is the Red Mill House, our birdwatching paradise till tomorrow (then move to another similar site), in the Daintree village.
Sure some specialties in the shop: Emu pate, Croc pate, Kangaroo pate... etc.
Yesterday took a ferry (photo above) and drove to explore superb boardwalks in the Daintree national park. These would be told & shown when we are back to much faster Internet, too heavy & too similar forests. Just one photo now.
And this was the only place where mobile Vodafone worked - but it was so slow that we cancelled the attempt to upload a picture to Facebook. Understand now that I was stupid to buy Vodafone (Australian anyway totally different from Dutch, and I have to use the Russian mobile which does not require provider code)... People have great connections everywhere with Australian No.1 - Telstra.
Other animal world is thriving here as well. White-lipped Giant Tree Frog on JJ's shoulder. Sure 100% wild, just came to the kitchen light to get a snack.
PS. About the Red Mill (link see top, also video): Trish and Andrew are very serious birders & B&B owners - so only same serious birders are welcome here! Great place for a stay much longer than our three full days.