D is for Daintree

In 2004 we made our first, and so far only, trip to Australia. I was so looking forward to our four nights on Cape Tribulation in Daintree National Park, Queensland, where the rainforest comes right down to the sea. It was indeed beautiful, but our nights were reduced to three after an unscheduled stop in Cairns to patch me up after breaking two metatarsals. I spent the rest of the holiday in plaster up to the knee, on crutches, unable to put my left foot on the ground. Our time in Cape Trib consisted largely of driving around looking for places where the road was near enough to the sea for me to glimpse it – there was nearly always a strip of forest between them, and we only found one place where the path was short enough, and smooth enough, for me to make it onto the beach. I did insist, however, that John had time each day to do something without having to look after me, hence the horse-riding picture.

We left Cape Trib via the coast road – the 4WD-only Bloomfield Track – on our way north to Cooktown. In the pictures below, the “road” disappears into the river. It was a bumpy ride!

20 thoughts on “D is for Daintree

  1. the eternal traveller November 10, 2019 / 01:08

    Eeergh, I know exactly how you feel. It’s so frustrating and crutches are very debilitating. I think you need to consider a return visit. You know where we are!


    • Anabel @ The Glasgow Gallivanter November 10, 2019 / 08:56

      I do! Some day I’d love to come back, but I can’t possibly consider travelling this far while my mum is depending on me. We visited my aunt and uncle in Brisbane – my uncle is gone now, but I’d like to see my aunt again if possible, and now I would have the added incentive of several blogging friends to meet up with! I’ve always meant to write up this whole trip. Some day I will. Maybe if we have a bad winter and I don’t get out much.


  2. Anne Mackle April 9, 2014 / 09:55

    Not good having to go all the way to Australia and break something. Lovely photos.


    • Anabel Marsh April 9, 2014 / 16:24

      I can’t believe I was so stupid! The foot has never been the same since, unfortunately.


  3. Lori L MacLaughlin April 6, 2014 / 04:11

    How disappointing for you! Australia sounds like a fascinating place to visit. I didn’t know it had a rain forest.


    • Anabel Marsh April 6, 2014 / 08:38

      It does! And the rain forest comes down to the sea where the great coral reef is. Fortunately for me, I had visited that (complete with snorkel) before the accident!


  4. Donna April 5, 2014 / 03:02

    Such beautiful pictures. Must have been very frustrating for you to be injured. I broke my ankle in Hawaii playing beach volleyball but at least it was towards the end of our trip.


    • Anabel Marsh April 5, 2014 / 07:13

      Oh dear – hope you recovered from that. These things are so easily done. I am super-cautious now.


  5. Romi C April 4, 2014 / 22:28

    The photographs are beautiful, and you have an amazing theme for the A to Z Challenge.
    I’d like to know more about various places in the world.


    • Anabel Marsh April 4, 2014 / 22:58

      Thank you! All are places I have been and they are helping me to build up my travel diary.


  6. Birgit April 4, 2014 / 18:41

    That is a shame about your injury but it looks like you still made the most of it and again great pics


    • Anabel Marsh April 4, 2014 / 18:52

      Thanks! I have to give credit to my husband for being so supportive – he had to do everything for the rest of the holiday and never complained.


  7. Calli D April 4, 2014 / 18:13

    Yikes, that sounds like a nasty injury. At least the beach looks lovely 🙂


    • Anabel Marsh April 4, 2014 / 18:24

      It was all lovely – but very frustrating! I’ve never done anything that stupid since.


    • Anabel Marsh April 4, 2014 / 18:23

      Thank you – I’ve just checked it out. I loved the cat pictures!


  8. johnmarkmiller April 4, 2014 / 17:54

    I’m sorry to hear about the injury, but if I was going to be laid up somewhere that looks like a beautiful place to be! Thanks for the photos again!


    • Anabel Marsh April 4, 2014 / 18:11

      We’ll, I’d rather not have had to try out the Australian health system (which worked very well) but we still had a great holiday!


  9. njmagas April 4, 2014 / 16:38

    That looks like a lovely beach. So sorry to hear you were in a cast for it though. I hope you healed up all right. 😦


    • Anabel Marsh April 4, 2014 / 17:01

      I recovered thanks, but it took a while and my foot has never been quite the same since. Moral – take care at all times!


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