Australia – Cape Tribulation

From Cow Bay it was a 40-minute bus drive to go up to Cape Tribulation. I stayed at the Beach House, which, as the name suggests, is actually right on the beach.  And this is where the rainforest meets the Great Barrier Reef.

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The shore is lined with mangrove at certain places:

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The tides are quite spectacular – the sea goes back a few hundred meters, leaving behind small pools, where reef sharks circle for available prey.

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It’s worth walking around on the exposed sea bed.

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You will meet a wild variety of birds along the way…

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The sandy beaches are full of bubbler crabs, which create intricate patterns in the sand.

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It is possible to walk from the Beach House miles south – to Myall Beach and Noah Beach.

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And during the walk one might even encounter some spectacular natives:

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Scenes from the walk:

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Taking the dirt road towards north it is possible to walk to Emmagen Beach.

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And if one ever gets tired of the beach (seriously?), there is always Mount Sorrow to climb. The trailhead is only a half an hour walk from the Beach House (5 minute  by car).

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You will pass through different kind of forests on the way up.  The trail starts in a lowland rainforest, full of trees with large buttress roots and a canopy woven with large woody vines. As you climb higher on the ridge, feather-leafed palms become more common.

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The 680 meter peak can provide spectacular views of the Reef.

And, after you descend and take a boat out there the next day, you can snorkel at Mackay Reef.

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