Far North Queensland…Through The Lens

Far North Queensland was one of those places we considered NOT going to, when planning our 10 month Australian road trip.  Did we want to drive all that way when what we really wanted to explore was the Daintree Rainforest and snorkel at the Great Barrier Reef?

We decided flying would be a better option because when it came down to it, we knew we wanted to go. It was one of those things on our Living List. AND we knew it would be a once in a lifetime opportunity for us.

The Great Barrier Reef is suffering and part of our own personal conundrum was:  Did we want to contribute to its demise?

What we discovered, by taking an eco-tour to the outer reef with marine biologists as our guides, was that tourism was only a small part of the larger issue.  The larger issue was mining and global warming.  Yes, we contributed to global warming as human beings, but the number of people going out to the reef was not really a large part the issue.

Since this was a once in a lifetime opportunity, we spent 9 days in Far North Queensland.  We discovered freshwater swimming holes, our personal saviour for the oppressive equatorial heat.  We discovered just how stunning the Daintree Forest was and how well its being preserved.  We found that Cairns is just a big country town, where Port Douglas, despite being a major tourist destination, is Cairns’ much smaller brother.

We concluded that we liked this part of Queensland.  There were truly some breathtaking areas.  We loved snorkelling the Barrier Reef and we encourage you, if you do decide to visit, to go with an eco-certified company for your tour.  (We recommend Wavelength out of Port Douglas. And no, we weren’t paid for any part of our snorkelling trip.  We just liked what they were about.)

Would we live in Queensland? Hell no.  It’s too damn hot and Queenslanders drive like crazy people.  =)

Tropical QLD Skyview
Tropical Queensland - view from the plane.
View of Cairns from the Skyrail.
View of Cairns from the Skyrail.
Cairns Promenade Pool
Cairns Promenade Pool
Croc and Stinge rsigns
Croc and Stinger signs - yep the threat of both are real.
Port Douglas
Gorgeous views between Cairns and Port Douglas
Freashwater Swimming Pools
Freshwater swimming pools in Far North Queensland are spectacular. This one was in the Daintree Rainforest, at Cape Tribulation.
TheBoulders
The Boulders...one of the many freshwater watering holes (although you can't swim in this section...too dangerous.)
CrystalCascades
Rich snorkelling the GBR
Rich snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef.
Heading To The Outter Great Barrier Reef
Heading To The Outter Great Barrier Reef
Jellyfish found on the Great Barrier Reef
Jellyfish found on the Great Barrier Reef
Tropical Fish found on the Outer Barrier Reef
Tropical Fish found on the Outer Barrier Reef
Coral on the Great Barrier Reef
Coral Great Barrier Reef
One of the many walks in the Daintree Rainforest.
One of the many walks in the Daintree Rainforest.
Mossman Gorge
Mossman Gorge
Rich...zen in the rainforest.
Rich...zen in the rainforest.

Note:  All photos are copyright to Tara Marlow @ Travel Far Enough

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