Monday, July 27, 2009

Early morning ride to Noah Creek Mouth


A great cycle along the beach to the mouth of the Noah Creek - a wonderful protected estuary filled with crocodiles and a great view of the mountains.
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Mountain Biking to the Extreme

Ferntree Rainforest Lodge is proud to host Australia's best-known international mountain bike race, the Crocodile Trophy which has established a reputation as the longest, hottest and hardest off-road cycling event on the planet.

The race attracts a field of professionals and amateurs from all over the world, including legends of cycling, to test themselves against the demands that only the Outback of Tropical North Queensland can offer.

A race of contrasts, The Trophy takes riders from the beautiful World Heritage Listed rainforest of the Tropical Tableland, to the dusty, endless red dust of the Australian Outback within the space of one day's ride. Some come to win, most finish the race just happy to have survived. The glory is in grasping the "saltie" at the race finish in beautiful Cape Tribulation. The Crocodile Trophy is awarded to every rider brave enough to finish this ultimate survival test.

Green Star Rating awarded to Cape Tribulation Resort & Spa

Cape Tribulation Resort & Spa is proud to have been awarded with a Green Star rating.

The standards for Green STARS were developed in a partnership between AAA Tourism and Green Globe under the guidance of the Australian Government established Sustainable Tourism Cooperative Research Centre.

Some of the key initiatives the Cape Tribulation Resort & Spa have undertaken are (to name a few):

* Environmentally-friendly water treatment and septic system
* Native flora regeneration program
* Mini-bars have been removed from all rooms and have been replaced with a wholesale order system. (Guests are provided with a list of beverages available for purchase, selected beverages are then delivered to the Room)
* Telephones will be removed from the Rainforest Retreats, ensuring the ultimate Eco experience without distraction. (Emergency Phones will be available for use in close proximity to Rooms)

To be awarded a Green STARS endorsement a property must achieve the designated minimum point score against the set of practical environmental criteria. For full details of the criteria, download Green Star Guidelines [pdf 65KB]

Saturday, July 18, 2009

A magical morning at Cowie Beach

Blue skies, warm sunny days, low tides which stretch out for hundreds of metres - a magical morning at Cowie Beach. We had the beach to ourselves for a couple of hours, wandering across the sand flats, herding soldier crabs, and enjoying the warmth on our backs. Cowie Beach is about 30 minutes drive north of Cape Tribulation, on the Bloomfield Track.