I am not a very organised person, anybody who knows me will tell you that.
My morning ritual usually consists of:
7:00am: Wake up
7:15am: Breakfast and get dressed
7:30am: Frantically search for keys
7:40am: Find keys in pants
Rinse and repeat.
So you can see how organising a holiday to one of the most remote areas of Australia is something truly beyond my capabilities.
Thankfully, the good people at KAYAK came to my rescue and organised for me to do a whirlwind tour of northern Queensland using their recently updated new app.
First, I hooked myself up with some flights and found some rad accommodation at the Daintree Eco Lodge and Spa.
(Yes the app said it was the ‘Top Romantic Hotel’, and yes I was by myself, and yes it’s tragic that I’m booking at a romantic hotel alone but hey, sometimes you’ve just gotta treat yourself)
Touched down and settled into my room at the Eco Lodge and holy crap, it did not disappoint.
It’s literally nestled in the middle of this gorgeous prehistoric rainforest, at least an hour drive from civilisation.
The sound of the wildlife follows you wherever you go and even though you’re surrounded in four-star luxury, you really feel like you’re in the wilderness.
Check out the video I whipped below to get a better sense of the place, as well as their incredible restaurant.
The Daintree is the oldest rainforest on this planet, thought to be a staggering 165 million years old.
There are countless ways to explore this ancient wonder, but there’s perhaps no more exhilarating way to do it 20 meters off the ground flying through the trees.
The definitely terrifying but definitely amazing Jungle Surfing tour is a series of six zip-lines through the stunning Daintree Rainforest that took my breath away.
Looking down from the platforms is unnerving at first but you soon get caught up in the splendour of the rainforest and being able to view it from such a unique perspective is something genuinely magical.
Ripping from tree to tree at breakneck speed gives you the feeling of what it must be like to be one of the native animals that call this place home – except for when you start uncontrollably spinning backwards like I did, then you just feel like a dickhead.
Next little gem from the app: horse riding at Cape Tribulation.
I’ve been horse riding before and have been fairly ambivalent towards the whole schtick. Horse trots around for a while, I end up with a sore ass – it’s cool but nothing amazing.
This was completely different.
First off the location is like something from a Hollywood rom-com. Our guide Steve calls it ‘The Therapist’s Room’, and it’s not hard to see why.
You weave your way through the rainforest until the canopy opens up to this incredible expanse. The Great Barrier Reef ahead of you as you and your new horse BFF swagger along the pristine beach. Truly stunning.
And finally, it wouldn’t be a trip to North Queensland without seeing some bloody big crocs.
We jumped on the Solar Whisper, an eco-friendly crocodile cruise where we not only gawked at these colossal dinosaurs, but were given some incredible insights into man’s fascinating relationship with crocs up north.
Big shout out as well to Pete from the Cape Trib Tour Bus who was an absolute god-send – getting me around to all these incredible adventures and sharing his incredible knowledge of the area.