So heading back from the interesting rainforest tour, we get the ferry back across the crocodile river instead of when we tried we drove through the winding mountain road. The ferry only takes 10 minutes and is a much quicker route.
The next stop is the famous Floravilla ice cream parlour, which has 26 flavours of locally made ice-cream, including dragonfruit, coconut ginger, black sapote and goji berry with rainforest honey. The blackboard with all the flavours in pretty cool and makes you want to try a few, but at $5 a pot it’s not really the best value so we all share and try each other’s. Karl managed to get himself a free one by getting a competition answer right and goes for rainforest honey. Arron goes for Daintree forest, which tastes a bit like a cocktail and flowers haha. I get banana and passionfruit, a safer option but definitely a good choice, even if they re more icy than creamy like the one I had in free mantle (still the best ice cream have had in Oz!).
After the ice cream stop, we do a final stop at a lookout WALU WURGIGGA over the point where the reef and river meet, which is cool and can see Port Douglas, our next stop. Richie tells us about how Steve Irwin died, as the reef there is where he was stung with a BULL RAY and he actually knows people who were on the boat when Steve Irwin died. It sounds like he was super unlucky and due to the nature of the rays, if they sense anything swimming over them they automatically shoot up a serated sting which is what got Steve and with no medical help available until they got to Port Douglas he really had no chance, especially when he pulled it out of his heart and caused internet blood loss. Richie also talks about the medical benefits of the forest and how much it has been used in the past to cure illnesses, including cancer one time for a young girl.
After the lookout stop, we are on the bus for a good amount of time until we get to PORT DOUGLAS where we drive through and Richie shows us the best parts and talks about how wealthy a town it is, with lots of celebs living there and it having the most expensive sq footage anywhere in oz. It is the LA of Australia. However it also has been torn apart from cyclones previously and lost all hotels but one called central and lost it’s total population. It still is a pretty town, vey spread out with a lot of nice hotels and golf resorts. Richie does a quick stop, so we can look at the boat marina and river just so we can see it better. We drive after through the main street, which doesn’t have too much there just a few hostels and restaurants which would be great not on a backpacker budget and if the sun was shining. Good to see it though and in total we spend about half an hour there before heading back to Cairns via a short Kangaroo stop. By the time we get to the roos it is pretty dark and so hard to see, even with the super zoom camera. Once we get back it is quite late about 7.30pm and end up spending the next hour trying to re-check back in, by which time everyone is pretty shattered and not too up for a big night.
Karl and I head out eventually, with a few others only to get stuck outside with the heaviest rain for ages. Once we manage to escape and get bak inside, the night isn’t too bad and end up having a bit of dance just for awhile, before heading up to one of the guys room to have drinks to save money rather than spend lots in Gillies.
8th March 2016