|In checking out the photo below of the woman who encountered the crocs it appears to have been in this area we visited at Deadman’s Gully.
A month from today we’ll be waking up in a hotel in Sydney to catch a very early flight to Fiji. It’s hard to believe how quickly the time in Trinity Beach has passed. Last night, Tom mentioned how 90 days is the perfect amount of time to spend living in any one area and I wholeheartedly agree.
|We could easily envision a croc coming up and over this hill from the ocean to Deadman’s Gully.
As time winds down, we begin to think of places we’d like to visit or perhaps revisit during our last month in the Cairns area. With a few spots in mind, yesterday we decided to return to Clifton Beach, an area we’d only driven by on a rainy day shortly after we arrived two months ago.
|There are several signs noting Deadman’s Gully.
As always, before heading out we began reviewing online information about Deadman’s Gully. Curious as to the origin of its name, we stumbled across this story in the Cairns Post and on the news a year ago:
“Cairns teacher almost snapped by 3m crocodile at Deadman’s Gully near Cairns
A woman who came within 1 cm of a crocodiles jaws after the reptile lunged at her and her dog at a Northern Beaches creek has called for the immediate removal of the dangerous creature.
Clifton Beach resident Belinda Marsh, 50, was walking her German shepherd Nharla at Deadman’s Gully on Sunday night. Two saltwater crocodiles have been spotted several times by locals in the waterway in recent weeks, the last sighting reported on Thursday.”
|We followed this path in the Deadman’s Gully.
For the remainder of this news story, please click here.
Well, of course, reading this story made us all the more interested in checking out Deadman’s Gully hoping to take photos of where these two crocs were sighted and to investigate the type of habitat that appeals to them. We didn’t expect that we’d see any crocs, nor did we want to be in a position of having to run from them.
|The area adjoining Deadman’s Gully.
But, I did mention to Tom that maybe “safari luck” would kick in and we’d see a croc in the wild enabling us to take a photo from the safety of the car. No such luck.
“Elusive 3m croc caught at Deadman’s Gully in Cairns
By Sharnie Kim
|There was barely a cloud in the sky.
|Again, another relatively unoccupied beach on a perfectly sunny day around noon.
|Pretty view at Clifton Beach where Deadman’s Gully is located.
|The Clifton Beach neighborhood and esplanade is lined with lovely homes.
|Some type of fungus growing on the side of this tree.
|Unusual tree trunk at Clifton Beach
|The vegetation is dense along the beach in certain areas along Deadman’s Gully.
|It was these murky waters that appeared to be a possible haven for crocs.
|There are narrow walkways to the ocean as shown in the openings in the railing.
|With many German tourists visiting Australia the German word “actung” is often listed on warning signs at the beach. There also appears to be a warning in Chinese and/or Japanese.
|The famous Hall of Mirrors in Versailles. It was hard to believe we were actually there seeing first hand that which we’d only seen in movies and photos. Still soaked from standing in the gardens for 90 minutes in the pelting rain without an umbrella, we hardly noticed our clothes as we wandered through the amazing property. For more photos and details, please click here.