The weather on the morning of my Cape Tribulation day trip was really overcast and rainy. On top of that, the tour bus was more than 45 minutes late picking me up. This, coupled with the fact that overnight my cold seemed to worsen, did not leave me in a good mood.
Our first activity of the day was a crocodile boat tour on the Daintree River. As we got inside, the driver chattered on about the area’s flora and fauna. His enthusiasm about the area was delightful and soon lifted my spirits. We trolled the river looking for crocs in the water, but he told us that saltwater crocodiles could have large territories and patrolled them everyday to keep invading crocodiles out. As we puttered along, the boat ahead of us managed to spot a croc on the riverbank. I guess he was just trying to soak up what little sun he could.
From afar, it didn’t look like the croc was moving and people were joking that it was probably just a wooden lookalike. However, as we approached, the crocodile moved its head to watch us, proving that he was real. For some, this was the first time they’d seen a crocodile in the wild and they clambered to take photos. Since I’d already seen my fair share of crocs and was feeling worse as the day went on, I didn’t really have the motivation nor the energy to keep up with them.
Next we went on the Marrja botanical walk and our guide told us about the different plants in the area. She was surprisingly very knowledgeable about all the different uses of the trees and bushes. Unfortunately, this was a popular walk and people kept interrupting her when they tried to squeeze through our very large group.
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At our quick stop for lunch, the group walked down to the beach to experience the real rainforst-meets-ocean effect. But, by this time, I was really feeling horrible due to my cold. It was now raining heavily and the air was getting cold. I decided to skip the walk and wait for my fish and chips where it was dry.
After lunch we headed to Alexandra Lookout. The views from this lookout would be spectacular on clear, sunny days. Too bad it was still very cloudy when we arrived. On a positive note, we stopped for some homemade ice cream and found some crazy flavors. They had Guinness, chilli pepper chocolate and other weird combinations. I got a mango lime ice cream, which didn’t help my cold but tasted very yummy.
Our last major stop was at a small zoo that housed many of Australia’s native animals. From snakes to birds of prey, cassowaries to wallabies, this place had a bit of everything. I thought it was clever that they had built a walkway above all the exhibits so that we could see the animals no matter where they were in their enclosure.
On our way back to Cairns, we stopped in Port Douglas. It looked like a nice place to visit, but I really couldn’t be bothered at that point. I was barely holding it together and was longing for my bed. This was my first cold since I began traveling and it was hitting me pretty hard. The bad weather didn’t seem to help my symptoms, and I was in need of more cold medicine.
Before returning to my hostel, I popped into a pharmacy to pick up something that could deal with my sneezing, post-nasal drip and coughing. The woman behind the counter asked whether my phlegm was yellow or green, which is something I haven’t really been asked before. Apparently, if it’s yellow, then you still have a chance to treat it with the medicine. If it’s green, then it’s a virus and you need a prescription for the hardcore medicine. So if it’s yellowish-green, like mine, what then? Well, I guess you just cross your fingers and hope the medicine works, which is what I did.