5th Apr 2012
Mossman and Daintree
The weather's super...cool nights now...clear days. So walking back from the shower I thought, what a great day to do Mossman. Geoff had been thinking the same thing and so we did.
Mossman is only about 70 k's away so that was easy. Going down the range was so pretty but fairly sick-making...turn, turn. turn. To get to the range we drove through Lychee's, Mango, Avocado and Rambutan orchards...beautiful country with rows of trees, pockets of rain forest and mown grass...the grass up here is like lawn. The range was covered in rain forest...wow. The glimpses of the coast were breath taking. Mossman is a lovely town with huge trees and old stores mixed in with new buildings.
The Gorge beckoned....it beckoned to hundreds of people and we were glad we arrived there before the worst of the crowds and parked in the rain forest shade, picked up our water bottles and swimmers and headed up the path. The rushing, roaring, bubbling river was clear and COLD but very beautiful. We didn't swim but wandered along the river int he shade of the forest watching people plunge into the cold water and come up gasping for air from the temperature. The walk was about 3 k's including the side tracks. A well kept walk and long enough to spread the crowds out so that we were not aware of the numbers of people we shared the walk with....a great experience.
The day was too good to waste so we drove on to Wonga Beach which was wow but oh so sad that you can't get in the water...that really gets me sad. Before long we were in Daintree Village and it was spread out and the only "Village" part were a couple of shops and a launching ramp. We are going back with the Wilson's to take the Crock Cruise, so we wended our way back to Mareeba after a lovely day.
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