We have picked up our camper this morning and it was pretty scary at first. Driving on the left side of the street can be quite confusing when you have never done it before. Not only, that have to remind yourself to stay on the correct side every time that you turn left or right, also at first it can be weird to shift with your left hand. And finally i also felt it was tough to estimate the distance between the car and the roadside to the left. It was probably also a bit unfortunate that the pick-up spot for the camper was pretty much in the center of Cairns, so that we had to do our first drive through heavy traffic. But we’ve somehow managed it and as soon as we had made it to the calm country roads, we were alright. To be honest, even if we were going a bit crazy, it was still pretty funny.
Our first trip took us into the Daintree Rainforest. It’s the biggest rainforest in Australia and is located 2 hours up the coast from Cairns. We were thinking about, whether we should include this stop in our trip for a while, as it is exactly in the opposite direction of where we should be going, but in the end decided that we don’t want to miss out on it. And literally at the moment that we were driving into it, we knew that it was the right decision. We were absolutely fascinated by all that nature around us. Both sides of the path just looked like massive walls of green and the air was super humid and dense.
We travelled up Cape Tibulation Road, the only road leading though the rainforest, to a camp site at Cape Tribulation, a small beach town in the middle of the rainforest. After awhile we arrived at the Daintree River Ferry, the only way how to get from one side of the river to the other. The ferry ride was only a few minutes, but the scenery was absolutely beautiful to watch.