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Tour guides to tourists...

After leaving Cooktown we loop back around the inland road, and double back slightly north of Port Douglas to a place called Wonga Beach.  Demoted from tour guides to tourists we explore the Daintree region from the southern access point.   First on the agenda is the tree top walk in the Daintree Rainforest followed by a cruise on the Daintree River.  The driver pulls the boat right into the mangroves as half a dozen passenger rush to the landing at the very front to get a pic of a three-metre crocodile.  With no barrier on the landing, and only a stones throw from the crocodile, it looks like the driver is attempting to spoon feed the crocodile a tourist snack.  Next stop Mosman Gorge.  Its beautiful but the experience is a little overthrown by the other hundred or so visitors.

Closer to Cairns is a major tourist attraction, the Kuranda Scenic Rail and Sky Rail.  Kuranda is set high in the mountains behind Cairns.  Harrison thoroughly enjoyed the train ride.  Once you're on the other side of the mountains it's another world.  The Baron Gorge is incredible.  The skyrail journey over the top of the rainforest equally impressive.  ‘Ace’ fails to read the warning sign as he jokingly swings the gondola, and successfully gets a rise out of me.  The aerial view of the rainforest is by far the best way to appreciate it.   There is lots of mist about, and not surprisingly its raining.  It feels like we’re in the Amazon.

(See our pictures in the GALLERY)