Paul and Colleen Geysen
April 17, 1997
Today I explored Trinity Beach. The locals here are very friendly and helpful people.
Cairns is a city with a harbor with most of its shoreline filled with mangroves and mushy
land. It looks similar to a major low tide. Most of the coast is famous for bird watching.
This land mass was formed by volcanic eruption. Some of the business locals here would
like to fill in the bay thinking more hotels and development would be good for tourism.
However, a unique habitat would be lost!
In the evening I cycled 25 km north up the coast to Trinity Beach. I was the guest of
Colleen and Paul Geysen. Paul is the younger brother of Peter from Victoria. Colleen and
Paul are both photographers and we spent the night taking the local Australian Rules
Football team's pictures at the club.
April 18, 1997
TRINITY BEACH/PORT DOUGLAS
Departed the Geysen's in Trinity Beach for Port Douglas. The cycle was undulating,
with scenic coastal views throughout. Colleen told me that she had trained the Belgians on
motorbike along this route at an average of 40 km. I was cruising along, but not at that
level. I cycled by the home of Charlie the Crocodile at Hartleys Creek Crocodile Farm.
Fascinated by this reptile, I had to attend. I spoke with the management and they agreed
to a web story for entry.
Hartleys Creek was established in 1934, and has the best crocodile show in Australia.
The farm is situated in a lush tropical setting. Charlie holds the record for the longest
held crocodile in captivity. He was caught in Browns Bay in 1934. Charlie has been a star
attraction to hundreds of thousands of visitors to the Cairns region and is a household
name to three generations of locals. Besides entertaining the visitors, Charlie wants
people to understand crocodiles and not fear them due to ignorance. By encouraging public
awareness through education, people will be able to accept crocodiles and help avoid
conflict between crocodiles and humans. There are other attractions to the park such as
live shows daily, featuring such animals as koalas, flying foxes, and dingoes. There is
also a snake show , where I learned many things about snakes in Australia. I even touched
a Python-cool. The show was informative about the facts of snakes. In general, snakes are
docile creatures and only attack when their space has been invaded. Australia, home to 20
of the 23 venomous snakes in the world, is prime breading ground.
Hartley's Creek is also home to several Cassowaries. The Cassowary, a flightless bird,
growing to a height of 1.60m (approximately 63"), inhabits the dense rainforests of
North Queensland and parts of New Guinea. The World population is only around 1500. This
intriguing bird of the rain forest devours tropical fruit whole. The Cassowary is
important to the area because it spreads the seeds of many tropical fruits throughout. It
is the only animal that eats several types of fruit in the area.
A stop at Hartleys Creek is worth the price of admission. The education, shows, and
live entertainment make an excellent value.
Photo: PEER Productions
April 19, 1997
Relaxed in Port Douglas with my new host Corien. Had the pleasure to surf and ski in
the bay for several hours in the morning. The locals at the caravan park held a yearly
BBQ. Corien, the Geysens, and I enjoyed an evening of food and singing, along with 30
others under a bright moon on the beach. Port Douglas is famous for The Clinton's visit to
the area in November of '96. The locals here were impressed with the Clinton's for sharing
their time with the locals. Big Bill was walking the streets shaking hands with all the
locals. Port Douglas is a beautiful little town to explore.
April 20, 1997
The journey had to proceed due to time factors. In the A.M. I left Port Douglas in a
northwestern direction. Cycled over the Great Dividing Range to an inland route toward
Cooktown, some 270 km's. This area is famous for its minerals and gems. The minerals are
embedded in the rocks throughout this region. The sun reflects the natural beauty of the
minerals. I reckon that rocks release properties of various energy, each one having it's
own principle. To gain some time I committed to riding with the moon light. The harvest
moon in the high tropical desert was spectacular. The shadows of the rock formations were
breathtaking as the light danced off the rocks into the sky. Cycling into the next day,
under the moon light in the tropical desert was amazingly awesome.
April 21, 1997
The evening rest had a late night surprise, I was awakened by a wild white mustang
which circled me, but posed no threat. The full moon illuminated the sky so bright that I
could see the horse's eye's some 15 meters away. The cycle was 145 km off road. The total
elevation climb was over 8,000 feet. My second moon ride in as many days was equally
awesome. I thought of my mates back in California to inspire me on to Cooktown. I'm
Looking forward to exploring historical Cooktown tomorrow.
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