May 3, 2012 in Category Australia,Cairns,Scarlett Adventures...

The Mystery Of The Daintree Cat Killer…

 Daintree rainforest is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen…

Seriously it is… I mean, once I’d got past the initial terror at the various signs warning me about my untimely death by cassowary, being smack bang in the middle of the 140 million year old Australian rainforest was awe inspiring. 

What wasn’t amazing, on the other hand, was Daintree village…

Anyone whose ever been to Cairns will know that it’s a backpacker’s paradise… you can’t move for overflowing bars, people handing out leaflets for cut-price experiences and topless sunbathing.

Now, I might not have been a backpacker, but I’m certainly not one to shun cheap drinks and nakedness when it’s offered to me on a plate. So, when almost everyone I met suggested I stop at Daintree village before venturing into the rainforest for a zipwiring adventure… I assumed it would be pretty much the same, and even considered wearing a bikini under my clothes.

 An idea that was completely laughable when I pulled up here…

You know in the hills have eyes, hostel, shark night… whatever I can’t actually remember which film now…

 …but speaking of Shark Night can anyone who has seen it please clarify; is it actually a film about people who record shark porn?

I digress…

You know in pretty much every horror film ever made, when the hot teenagers pull up at an abandoned gas station to ask directions – only to be greeted by a borderline psychopath, drooling over their supple young flesh and pointing them towards their imminent doom..?

This is what Daintree village felt like to me.

Now before you rain your torrents of abuse down upon me let me just make a couple of points…

1)  I’m not claiming that any psychopaths/murderers/hot teenagers actually live in Daintree village, I’m merely saying that – at that point, if I was going to get murdered, I was pretty sure that’s where it was going to happen.

AND…

2) Shall we just have a quick glance at the ‘poster’ that greeted me on the ‘town noticeboard’…

“Serious!”

Not to mention the “inviting” river cruises…

…and the shrunken heads*:

Anyway, after shovelling my packed lunch down my throat, I left the village and headed off into the Rainforest in one piece…

…but to this day, the mystery of the Daintree cat murderer lives on… 

*Were probably coconuts… probably.

12 comments… read them below or add one

plantdotty May 3, 2012 at 11:12 am

Wow! What a strange, creepy place. Belongs in a Stephen King book.xx

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Scarlett May 3, 2012 at 11:14 am

Exactly what I thought Plantdotty x

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Claire May 3, 2012 at 10:06 pm

Daintree rainforest is definitely one of the most beautiful places on earth. I was there about ten years ago… Can’t say I stopped at the scary Daintree village though. That place really does look like it came straight out of a horror film.

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Ciara Ballintyne May 3, 2012 at 11:09 pm

LMAO it never occurred to me to think it was creepy when I passed through.

No risk of being killed by a cassowary, we spent a week looking for one and didn’t see even a hint of them. We went home cinvinced they were mythical. Crocodiles, though…. The life size crocodile warning sign at the beach put me off swimming.

And we didn’t walk from our accommodation to the local restaurant, but that was because it was so dark I was guaranteed to fall down and break my own neck, not from fear of being murdered. No need for murderers, it’s DIY out here LOL

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Andrew of the Daintree May 4, 2012 at 3:55 am

You should have stayed a couple nights Jen!!!!
Pleased to announce that the Daintree Cat Killer is still at large.

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Scarlett May 4, 2012 at 8:38 am

Isn’t it Claire!

Haha, Ciara – I thought they were mythical creatures for the first 3 weeks of my trip – it wasn’t until I saw those signs I began to believe it! You’re right about it being DIY – I swear I narrowly escaped death a shocking amount of times in 6 weeks!

You’re right Andrew – I should have stayed, I’ve heard great things about the Rainforest apartments! Thanks for letting me know the mystery is still unsolved – I’ll have to get my Jonathan Creek hat on and come back! x

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Jenny May 4, 2012 at 4:57 pm

Shark Night was like LAKE PLACID but… with a shark… in fresh water… very B movie!

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Scarlett May 5, 2012 at 9:52 pm

LOL Jenny I’ve not seen Lake Placid… But I think I want to now! xx

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simply paul May 5, 2012 at 11:27 am

Jen i do love reading about your view on the world and travels. maybe it’s a british thing but I do seem to share your views and laugh out loud!

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Scarlett May 5, 2012 at 9:51 pm

Ahh Paul, thanks for the comment! Definitely our British humour… cynical and fabulous!xx

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Amberr Meadows May 6, 2012 at 8:19 pm

Although it seems kinda creepy, Ciara did a post on the rainforest, and it was utterly lovely. I would just have a little trepidation about coming across a mean, nasty salty.

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Scarlett May 8, 2012 at 7:33 am

The Rainforest was absolutely gorgeous Amberr, but you’re right the salty’s were always in the back of my mind lol. x

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