Jungle Bus Rainforest Tour

Daintree Rainforest

Jungle Bus

Standing in front of our hotel in Port Douglas waiting for a ride to the Daintree Rainforest tour, we all felt a bit surprised when a giant 4-wheel drive off-road jungle bus pulled up instead of an ordinary tour bus.

“We need this bus where we’re going,” the driver announced.

We climbed aboard and found seats.  After picking up a few more passengers at other hotels, the bus headed for the jungle.

Daintree Rainforest, Australia

real rainforest cafe

At the first stop in the rainforest, we climbed a tall set of stairs to a rustic cafe where we had a little snack and learned a bit about the flora and fauna of the area.  Many trees depend on a large flightless bird called a cassowary.  The trees grow large seeds that must pass through the digestive system of the cassowary in order to sprout.  It has to eat a lot of them as each seed does not provide much nutrition.  For anything other than a cassowary, most of the seeds are poison.

Daintree rainforest bug

we saw quite a variety of bugs

Australia’s ancient rainforests contain many plant  species not found anywhere else.  Some primitive species remain unchanged from the time of dinosaurs.  Many live nowhere else on earth.  Less than 1% of Australia’s landmass, the Daintree holds a large percentage of the country’s species of both plants and animals.

Jungle Bus Tour

the elusive cassowary

Many of Daintree’s visitors see cassowaries only on the speedbump signs.  We got lucky and saw one along the road early in our tour.

meal shack in the jungle

mmm, lunchtime

The tour stopped sometimes for hikes on trails or for viewpoints.  We had a nice barbecue lunch at a shack in the woods.  A short trail led to a stream where fish hung out near the shore hoping for handouts.

Daintree Rainforest, Australia

trail to the beach

jungle bus tour

beach in the rainforest

At one stop we hiked a sandy trail to a remote beach, uninhabited until our group arrived.

Australia rainforest tour

stick bug

Along the way we saw stick bugs in the trees.

Port Douglas, Australia

we saw some crazy-looking spiders

We saw a tractor harvesting tea leaves at the Daintree tea farm.  We stopped there for quite a tasty afternoon tea.

Daintree tea farm

harvest time at the Daintree Tea farm

Near the end of the tour, the bus took us to a trail up a mountain.  We crossed a long bridge through the jungle and soon it began to rain.  Looking toward the threatening sky, some people had grabbed umbrellas as they left the bus.  Those of us that hadn’t ran back, only to get told by the driver we had to don garbage bags over our wet clothes before he would let us back on the bus.  Had to protect the seats and keep them dry he said.

Daintree rainforest, Australia

on the rainy bridge

The rain stayed locally just in that area, as the bus let us off near a river for the next half of our adventure on a river cruise, not a drop fell from the sky.

Daintree rainforest

more crazy spiders

Daintree Rainforest

Australia has a lot of spiders

Australian Rainforest

cassowary

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3 Responses to Jungle Bus Rainforest Tour

  1. Rebecca Bany says:

    Your blog is amazing. I’m now following. Thanks for sharing your stories.
    http://www.rebeccabany.com

  2. Pingback: Daintree River Cruise | Cruise Stories

  3. cindy knoke says:

    Great photos! Great excursion!

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