After two nights in the rain forest up in Cape Tribulation, its time to head back to civilization again but not before stopping for a crocodile tour on the Daintree River. Just before the ferry crossing heading north, there are several crocodile tour companies, all offering an up close and personal experience with the crocodiles that live in the river.
We head out on the Crocodile Express keeping a sharp eye to the river banks in hopes of spotting our first (and hopefully only!) wild crocodile. Within a few short minutes we have already spotted our first large male, “Yard” as they call him since he only has three feet. At almost 3 meters long, Yard does not disappoint. He doesn’t seem to be bothered by our visit, until the boat creeps a bit too close for his liking and he slips gracefully into the water with only his large nostrils and snout remaining visible at the surface.
Around the bend and nestled into the undergrowth of the trees is a young crocodile, our driver estimates at about 1 to 2 years old. With only 1 out of every 100 making it until adulthood, chances of survival on the river are dim with predators both from the skies, and from other rival males, 1 hour and 4 more crocs later, our boat returns to the dock with all passengers alive and well. Back in the car again, we wave good-bye Cape Tribulation and its ominous setting, as we head towards more luxurious surroundings in Port Douglas.