After our wonderful and relaxed walk around the Discovery centre we jumped in the peapod hire car and headed further up towards Cape Tribulation..the destination a little centre called the Snake House..it’s ok they did have snakes but I won’t show any pics..i know some peeps freak!
Here we signed some paperwork, filled in some forms and waited for our ride.
It came, a van driven by a super keen young guy full of enthusiasm who proceeded to load us all on and off we headed to our destination..not to far but up a steep road which became rutted and gave us the ride of our lives as we rocked side to side ..not much different in a way to our driveway at the moment hahaaha 🙂
Once we got to our final desination we were given a talk, measured up, harnessed up, and helmeted up.My camera was attached to a Carabiner ,Bashful was attached to hubbies Carabiner so i could take the pics of him, and we started our walk…straight up, in again hideous humidity…but the scenery …breathtaking..
I suppose I should explain something first…I have always been a bit of an adventurer..always a tomboy and still climb trees and jump fences. Having a love of capturing images to share has made me even more keen to go out on a limb..i want people to enjoy the same things I do..if even one person feels like they have been with me I get such a kick out of it..I know I have achieved what I wanted!
One day I hope to be able to sell my images so I can put more money towards getting out and showing the beauty and glory that is our world..lordie knows my equipment needs to start paying it’s way..hahahaha .
So with water running down my back and my calves begging for mercy we got to a platform..
We were going Jungle Surfing!
There are six treetop platforms of varying heights built around these magnificent ancient trees which according to our guide are stronger than steel! in fact steel would break with the movement these trees have..so they sway ..and they are just extraordinary!
At the platform where we were to head off is what they call the Hamster Wheel..a couple of people at a time get in and start the wheel by walking or jogging..this brings the ziplines back to the platform and the next people get their harnesses attached and start their surfing!
I must say the fact hubby and I were last was a blessing as I was still sweaty and a bit achey hahaah.
When our turn came we were attached to the zipline..we went together so I could grab pics on the way..
The measurements in feet as written in the guides are as follows:
150 ft..52 ft..141 ft..22 ft…180 ft..63 ft..255 ft..47 ft..147 ft…41 ft …82 ft..11 ft..
And off we went!
Such an exhilarating feeling..the air fresh yet that same ancient Jurassic type scent of rainforest mosses and foliage..this I could do all day! getting my self sorted with the camera was a tad funky but I did get myself organised! and at each platform we were welcomed by another guide who discussed the trees the environment and the wildlife, and unhooked us and reattached us to the next zipline..
I am sure Bashful was thrilled to finally get his Tarzan on!
The second last platform had the most stunning views of the Coral Sea and the Barrier Reef..
And yes we were all given helmets by the guides..go figure their choice hahahahaha..
The last surf we did solo.. I went first and when the guide said let go and hang..well I did..what a blast..upside down in the Daintree hanging from a harness and trying like crazy to take pics …none to successful as it was so fast!
My upside down shot! not to crash hot but see the platform up the top right hahaaha:)
Wow..super fun and such a great way to be amongst the treetops!
We finished up at the Harnessing centre and were whisked back to the snake house the same rickety road but for some reason even wilder !
When we got back we were hot and sweaty and in need of a swim..so we spoke to the guy at the Snake house and asked where there was a safe spot to swim..crocs being a real problem..he told us to drive just down the road to this café ..behind it is a house and the owner is happy for people to swim on his property…odd but whatever here we go..
Sure enough behind this café was a beautiful house ..like an old plantation really…
We got out and walked across an expanse of lush green grass and there in the middle of nothing was a metal pole with a tin attached and a sign said Gold Coin Donation..so we popped 2 dollars in and wandered to a bushy and tree lined path..
In to view came the most beautiful river..filled with cool water and giant river stones..after a bit of a wrangle to climb down in we went..there were a few people there also enjoying this mans generosity in sharing his wonderful oasis!
It was cool and refreshing and the sweatiness soon was gone..of course I took Bashful for a swim where we got talking to a woman who was from Canberra and as I said before small world she works as a nurse and knows the Opthamologist that did my eyeplugs! small small world..
After a lovely swim it was time to grab an ice cream and hit the road…where to? well all will be revealed 🙂
A huge thanks to the awesome guys from http://www.junglesurfing.com.au for a day to remember !