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Week 75

River

My first contribution to the Pic and a Word Challenge.

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The Daintree River in Far North Queensland.

It is nearly five years since we visited Cairns,

the gateway to the Daintree Rainforest.

A beautiful stretch of water with some

unique ‘no swimming’ deterrents (crocodiles)

lazing in the sun.

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Travel Theme-Forest

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My

Forest

Travel Theme.

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A few years back we went to Cairns (Queensland) for a holiday.

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The Daintree River and Rain Forest was about

an hours drive where we took the obligatory

Daintree River Cruise.

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I must confess to being a little disappointed in the Daintree area.

I was expecting huge rain forest trees growing down to

the water’s edge as do the river Red Gums in Victoria.

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 And I certainly did not expect cleared farming land to be within sight.

Maybe we did no go into the heart of the Daintree,

however, when one is at Daintree village and

on the Daintree River….

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 There were, however, a few strategically placed

‘do not swim’

signs posted along the course of our cruise.

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This is what I call a forest.

Taken near Forrest in South West Victoria’s

temperate rainforests, near the Otway Ranges,

this drive through these trees is one of my favourites.

And only about an hour or so from Geelong.

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Where’s My Backpack: Forest

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Daintree River Cruise

DTBank4Several years ago whilst visiting Far North Queensland a cruise on the World Heritage listed Daintree River, was suggested.

The Daintree River, located about 100 kilometres north-west of DTBank2Cairns, flows through the Daintree Rainforest in the Cape Tribulation region of Queensland in northern Australia and drains approximately 2,125 square kilometres.

My preconceived idea of the Daintree River was similar to this picture. Riverbank1 A broad expanse of water with lush green rain forest foliage growing down and into the river.

A total contrast to the type of foliage to that in southern Australia, where I have lived most of my life.

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What I did not plan on was the anti-swimming ‘devices’ enjoying the autumn sunshine at strategic positions along the shore.

Croc_2While reptiles are common in southern Australia I have never seen a reptile as large as these in the wild.

The Daintree River is in an isolated area and the once threatened saltwater crocodiles, now flourishing there, are beneficiaries of the legislation that protects them.

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Death by crocodile is widely reported so a wise person will not venture too close to river’s edge or swim in the river.

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The main thing I remember about Far North Queensland is that all its inhabitants wore a big friendly smile!

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