From Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation: visit the rainforest in Australia

Queensland is a region (immense!) In the north-east of Australia. In front there is the Coral Sea and the Great Barrier Reef – seasickness a thousand to visit it, but this is another story. In the region the most important city is Cairns, on the coast, where we have been for a few days and where I have broken through with avocados (typical product). In fact, the climate here is decidedly tropical . And Gaia and I discovered what “rainforest” means . From Cairns it is easy to make excursions to the north, in the heart of the wet vegetation, following an extraordinary stretch of coast, reaching up to Cape Tribulation. An itinerary inside the Daintree National Park among rare animals, ferocious beasts, so much humidity and glimpses of breathtaking ocean , Cape Tribulation and the Australian rainforest are two “things” of Australia not to be missed.


Our idea was to wander around, trudging softly from beach to beach , sleeping on the sand, counting crocodiles (safe on a slow barge), in short, taking a slow trip  into the forest and enjoying everything calmly – unlike the rest of our honeymoon . This is why we left Cairns – a true city, a port born for the miners in the 1800s – to sleep in Port Douglas . A small holiday village, further north, about 70 kilometers.

From this pleasant town, also rich in cafes, pubs and family entertainment, you can easily enter the Daintree National Park, a nature reserve famous for its biodiversity and for being one of the oldest tropical vegetation areas on the planet. It is the kingdom of mangrove, crocodile, fern and palm.


Before entering with our car (for hire) inside the park, however, we decided for a small tour of the Daintree River, in search of the crocodiles . From Port Douglas follow the signs for the Ferry Crossing , a river crossing on a barge that will let you really enter the park. Nearby there are several companies that take travelers on the river with boats. Gaia and I took a one-hour “cruise”. Enjoyable. Rich in scientific information . But above all rich in animals: crocodiles everywhere! But also pythons and snakes, river birds, magpies, herons. Crocodiles are revered and feared by Australians. Feared because they eat everything from farm animals to kangaroos, especially  wallabies  (the little ones and cuddly ones). Christians also seem to eat and there are danger signs scattered all over the river. In fact they are marine and prehistoric monsters, some even over three meters .

Our honeymoon between Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong

For a couple of travelers there comes a moment in life where the knots come back to the roost , where the trolleys return to the basements, the travel toothbrushes hide in the drawers, where in short the airplanes stop, taxis stop and is reflected: marriage . But above all the honeymoon .

The honeymoon is the mother of all wars for the couple as a traveler . Why? Because we move on the thin thread of desires and needs, along the steep edge of what we have always wanted to do ( great dreams! ) And never dared to ask and what can realistically be done ( money! ) And ask for leave.

To the two of us, I must say, it went well. We have both put together the classic 15-day marriage permit and quite a few days off. In a few words we managed to plan a nice tour , that is: our honeymoon between Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong!

I (Gaia) wanted to go to Australia, because I was convinced of the theory “ when does it happen to us that we have all these days of vacation together? “. Stefano instead wanted to go to Hawaii. How did I make him change his mind? I thought of introducing some alternative elements to the very classic honeymoon in Australia (which is obviously the most popular option for Italian couples). Since there are no direct flights to Australia, I proposed to take advantage of the need to call at some Asian cities . On the scale plate I put four possible options: Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Hong Kong. Stefano chose the last two, and that’s how ours was bornhoneymoon between Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong.

On the way we stopped for three days in Singapore and on the way back a four-day stopover in Hong Kong. In the middle of Australia. A perfect honeymoon, at least for us!

Our idea is to write a first post with the itinerary (this one), and then to address the individual goals in detail. In short, for now, here are all the fundamental “technical” information for dealing with a hypothetical halfway between Asia and Oceania!