Reunited take in the sights of area
FAMILY members separated by the “tyranny of distance” between the United Kingdom and Bronte in Sydney got together in the region recently, with a trip from Port Douglas to the Daintree and along the Bloomfield Track.
Jon and Beck Loudes are having a good look around their adopted country, and the Daintree wilderness was a must for them and part of their UK family.
Beck’s three major highlights were, in her words:
“Being shown how locals live in the rainforest was fascinating. What a wonderful life. But imagine having to live without electricity in the 21st century.
“Spotting real live crocs at Cooper Creek and Wujal Wujal was exciting, and the scenery as we drifted among the mangroves was so rich, so diverse and so different. The mangroves, with their weird fruit, wavy buttresses and colourful flowers were amazing.
“The Wujal Falls just topped things off.”
Jon’s mum, Margaret Christopher and Adrian Harris still live in Reading, Berkshire, England and proudly boast that they live almost in the shadow of Reading Gaol, notorious for once imprisoning the colourful Oscar Wilde.
Adrian makes a more familiar link.
“The internet generation might more likely know of Reading because the actress Kate Winslet comes from there. She not only survived the Titanic sinking a few years back, but a few months ago rescued Richard Branson’s mum from a house fire in the Caribbean.”
In Jon’s words “our big day out was like having a Sunday roast with a healthy portion of apple crumble dessert. You walk away feeling happy and content.”
I’d never thought of the rainforest like that - croc with blanc-mange, anyone?
Visitors from the USA are regulars to the Cape Trib region. They are generally, and just how politely can one put this, of a certain age - about my age in fact. They are usually widely travelled.
Almost to a person, North Americans have a fascination with indigenous culture so, whenever they can find the time, they make a beeline to Wujal Wujal for an interpretive tour with the Walker family and visit the newly opened Arts and Craft Centre.
“Spotting a croc in the wild, seeing the waterfall, crossing the creeks, talking with Frances Walker, and having a very special afternoon tea on the banks of the Woobadda Creek ranks right there with Uluru on our trip,” was Mike and Pat Thomas’ summary of the trip.
The whole Daintree region and up to Wujal Wujal and Cooktown is looking good. Think of the wonders at your doorstep, especially with holidays and free travel across the Daintree River ferry coming up.
Having a stretch: beefy Brutus showing his bulk at Bloomfield