We were very much looking forward to heading off in a small group to explore the rainforest and of course, see the picturesque Cedar Creek Falls. There are so many beautiful inland places to explore when in the Whitsundays. Pick up was by Fawlty Tours at XBase Backpackers at 12.30pm. We had paid $5 deposit when booking with Where? What? How? on the main street and paid the $33 balance on pick up.
*TIP: Cash only to pay for the tour
On route to the rainforest, our driver and tour guide told us a little about the local area as he had been living here for the previous 30years.
We passed through the sugar cane fields of the Whitsundays and off the main road as we made our way to the Conway Range. I expected the rainforest to be extremely humid but we were pleasantly surprised. You could tell that our guide was extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the rainforest and preserving it. He pointed out many of the many interesting/dangerous plants in the rainforest as well as some of the wildlife we saw/heard. We got to taste these berries which had three outter shells to reveal a lemon ginger, used for cooking. I am not a huge fan of ginger but it was quite nice as the flavours were subtle.
*Tip: Wear anything but black to rainforest as mosquitos are attracted to black and you will get bitten!
After the rainforest walk, we were off to Cedar Creek Falls. The best time to visit is during wet season as there will be more water flowing into the natural swimming pool at the base. As I mentioned, I was extremely excited about this part of the tour only to find out how deep it was. There were no floatation devices so I had to hover around the edges of the pool, I was devastated. C.C and Mini Me swam over to the falls and assured me that it was amazing, note to self, ask these kinds of questions when booking a tour! The falls were beautiful, I even managed to capture a rainbow. Picture a stony walk into a tranquil pool and waterfall. We stayed for about an hour before drying off and back on to the bus.
Last stop took us back to the heart of the Whitsundays and up to Mt Whitsunday Lookout. This was a steep climb in our little bus and the photographs don’t do it justice. It is a perfect spot to see a bird’s eye view of the area and we were the only people there so it was extremely peaceful. Our guide told us a little about the areas we could see, including Don’s Hill. Don is the guy behind Hogs Breath Café which you will know if you have been in Australia for a while. Apparently, he bought the hill, built himself a house and a second house on the very took of the hill which he calls his holiday home. You might spot him in town by his number plate ‘Boss Hog’.
We were getting off the bus just before 5pm and it was a very enjoyable afternoon out and about.
What to bring:
- Insect Repellent
- Suitable footwear-not thongs
- Small snack (the walk and swimming makes you hungry)
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