Ellis Beach, Cairns, Queensland, July 2003

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Deserted Ellis Beach

 

After enjoying a wonderful week in Sydney and meeting with some Ozzy friends, it was time to board our plane north to Cairns and take possession of what would be our new home on wheels for the following 4 weeks.  This was an easy process and, after very helpful and friendly staff explained the ins and outs of our recreational vehicle, we set off for our first beach booking of the holiday: the magnificent Ellis Beach!

By the pool, steps away from the beach

Nothing prepared us for the beauty of this paradise surrounded by the rain forest.  It felt like a dream come true and we required a while to take it all in, even if our first morning there was a bit overcast: there was no denying the magnificence of the place.  The campsite was right on the beach, with its own swimming pool in the shade for good measure, but that was hardly needed as only a few steps away we could enjoy the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean.  I had never swam in such warm seas before and once in the water it was a struggle of wills to come out of it.  Only the call of the golden soft and immaculate sand had the power to pull me out of the water.

The Rain Forest

We loved walking up and down the deserted beach, as if we were the only inhabitants, as it certainly felt like a desert island, with just the 3 of us rejoicing in such paradisaical landscape.  The only sound was the sea and the birds and our exclamations of wonder.

Peaceful and magnificent Ellis Beach

A glorious sunset at Ellis beach

 

We decided to book a day-hike in the rain forest from the Tourist Information booth outside the campsite and were picked up early the second morning by a minibus that would take us to the beginning of the walk.  Once there, we met our passionate guide, Yanek, and the rest of our hiking companions, a dozen or so tourist from various parts of the world.

 

A Walk in the Rain Forest

 

 

 

And so one of the most memorable walks of our lives began, where we learned about the native plants and tress, animals like the cassowari (a flightless bird not to be approached lightly due to its known aggressive behaviour) – and the Aborigine way of life and how they learned to live in harmony with their surroundings.  Half way through the hike, we stopped for lunch on an island in the middle of the river and enjoyed a swim in the cool waters (only 16°C), a sharp change from the sea, but an almost surreal and unforgettable experience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crossing the river

 

Yanek turned out to be a very wise and sensitve young man who had previously worked in the army and he was just a natural with young Peter and praised him for his stamina and not complaining about the long walk, as so many children seem to these days.  I hope he is still sharing his passion for the rain forest with new visitors to the area, as we need people like this to protect what’s left of our  unique and amazing blue planet.  The end ot the walk came only too quick for me, as I could have easily spent a whole week in this most wondrous of places.  A must for everyone who loves nature and genuine people.

Having lunch on island in the river

 

One of the magnificent palm trees in the forest

 

In the heart of the rain forest

 

In the heart of the rain forest

 

4 responses »

  1. This is definitely one of the places I want to visit. It is on my bucket list, with a few other places like Israel and Hawaii. You’re trip must have been absolutely outstanding. Beautiful pics.

  2. Thank you, Jocelyne. It was paradise on earth and I’d love to go back. You must go as soon as you can, although I fear Queensland was really battered in the storms they got last year, which saddened me deeply. I hope the whole area will recover and that you’ll be able to enjoy its beauty soon.

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