Our journey into the Daintree started at Cape Tribulation, where a sunset beach walk made me wonder after Captain Cook got stuck here how he could keep thinking this little piece of paradise deserved such a depressive name. The rainforest tumbles right into the beach. Accompanied by crocodile warning signs makes the walk not so relaxing, but definitely exciting.
Australia’s plants and animals are some of the closest things to alien life you are likely to encounter on earth. Probably because it’s been isolated from the other continents for at least 45 million years, you will find cycads, dinosaur trees, fan palms, giant strangler figs, and epiphytes such as the basket fern, staghorn, and elkhorn.
There are more than 3000 weird named species of plants while you walk through the “jungle” to take in and each has a story. From vines that sting you, berries that you can eat (most you can’t!), a rainforest is an interesting story of competitive life.