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Poor old Captain Cook, it was hard work discovering Australia back in the 1780s and having to map everything and give it all English names too. No wonder when he and his crew spent hours trapped in the mangrove swamps of Northern Queensland and could find nowhere to shelter, he decided to name the place Weary Bay.

These days, you don't have to row your own boat; you just have to fly to Cairns to start to explore this dramatic and exciting landscape. Lots of travellers get as far as Cairns and don't bother going any further. It is understandable in one way, as Cairns is not only the gateway to the world heritage Great Barrier Reef; it is a perfect place for friendly fun in the tropical sun. Spread your wings just a little further north though and you hit the magical Daintree Rainforest.

If ever there was a place on earth to rejuvenate body and soul it is in the dense lush canopy of this ancient and astounding habitat. This is the last remnant of the oldest surviving rainforest in the world! Here, you can be deep in the wilderness, but still close to pristine beaches, jungly rivers and spectacular waterfalls. Take a trek with a guide (some of these take place at night) and be prepared to be staggered. You will feel like the star of your own adventure movie as you tramp across territory that has lain that way for millennia. Come across elusive estuarine crocodiles, marvel at the grand fan palm galleries and see how many of the 430 species of birds living here you can spot.

To try to sum it up, the Daintree is a unique and astounding combination where tropical rainforest meets white sandy beaches, which then extend to famous coral reefs. It is like three players of Paradise in one. Just to enhance the picture even more, there are wonderful resorts tucked away in here. In fact, luxury lovers need look no further.

Top of the list is the Bloomfield Lodge, a five star retreat with spa and pampering facilities second to none and a top class chef. It is very popular with honeymooners for its remote, tranquil and seductive appeal. The Daintree Eco Lodge and Spa is another similar sanctuary of a sensitively designed and tasteful refuge. It is slightly more basic but no less comfortable the Crocodyulus Village in Cow Bay. Affordable and loved by families, the accommodation is in cabins and guests love falling asleep to the sound of the frogs croaking in the forest.

Captain Cook found himself in Tribulation in these parts, but it is assured that you will find anything but.

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