Thursday, September 29, 2016

CAPE TRIBULATION

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LAST VISITED - JULY 2016

Steeper part of the Mount Sorrow trek

CAPE TRIBULATION is in tropical north Queensland, 141km  north of CAINS and 103km south of COOKTOWN by road. BRISBANE is 1820 km south.


CAPE TRIB is part of the DAINTREE area: motto - "where the rainforest meets the sea". That's pretty much what you get. Most is National Park or a heritage "no settlement" rainforest area - those cleared spots in pix are exceptions and are mainly given to bush housing, some fruit farming and a few holiday accommodation options. It is very difficult to get permission for new construction anywhere in the DAINTREE.
CAPE TRIB BEACH is just to the right of the cape. To the left is MYALL BEACH. Beaches continue both ways and are particularly impressive to the left where they are stretch all the way past the DAINTREE RIVER 30+km south with occasional interruptions. And beyond - most of the way to PORT DOUGLAS.
The road from the DAINTEE FERRY to the Cape and beyond about as far right as this image shows is sealed - further north is becomes dirt, steep in parts with some river crossings which must be forded - 4wd vehicles are suggested (image - Google Earth).


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"Where the rainforest meets the sea" - that's pretty much the situation at my preferred accommodation, CAPE TRIBULATION BEACH HOUSE. Here you have various types of accommodation spread along a 300m track from the coast road down to the sea. The above was shot less than 50m from the ocean.

THE BEACHES

CAPE TRIBULATION BEACH


Not a great shot. This is from the viewing platform out on the cape. Typical QL National Parks - dang trees in the way of a panorama. I mean, do we have a shortage of trees above?


Part of the hidden section above. Note low tide blues. This beach and other east facing beaches seemed to be suffering from storm erosion - not a lot of sand at highest tide


Cant beat an aerial shot CAPE TRIB BCH to best advantaGe - I pinched this from Tourism Port Douglas and Daintree

BEACHES TO THE NORTH


The same outfit shows a pic with the beach extending north past the small section of rocks/mangrove mid shot. I don't know what this beach is called - let's name it NTH CAPE TRIB. It goes out of frame right for quite a distance - is about 1700m from mangroves to northern end. Past there the coast becomes rocky, backed immediately by the steep slopes of the mountains - there are occasional small beaches.


This is about the same length of NTH CAPE TRIB BCH shown in the previous shot. I snapped it towards low tide - it doesn't look all that flash. Notice wet sand extends right to tree line - the same periods high tides were those real high ones associated with full moon - virtually no beach left at top of the tide. Put paid to night bonfires on the beach at CAPE TRIB BEACH HOUSE which was in this area.


MYALL BEACH
I thought this was the more attractive beach latest visit. Faces more south - seemed to be more beach at high tide. Pretty broad at low tide as above.


Turn camera 180 degrees and face Cape.


BEACHES TO THE SOUTH

This pic from Cairns Travel shows the beach south of my camera's position in the 2 previous shots. I'm not sure if it remains MYALL BEACH all the way to that small headland. Past there the beachES continue with occasional breaks - names like COCONUT BEACH, NOAH BEACH, THORNTON BEACH.
About 10 years ago I walk the beaches from about 10m south. It was a bit freaky crossing the occasional small estuary - the area is known for crocs. In May 2016 a woman was killed by a croc at Thornton Beach. Many signs waring visiors of crocs.
I traveled real light back then - no camera so I can't show persoanal shots of these beaches. Many are real nice - similar to above.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

INDEX

THAILAND

Post-sunset shot at Ko Adang National Park headquarters beach.

INTRODUCTION - WHICH ISLAND OR BEACH?

ADANG

BU BU
BULON LAE

CHANG (big Chang eastern Gulf)
Little Ko CHANG, Andaman side
CORAL ISLAND

JUM

KANCHANABURI
KRADAN
KRABI, RAILAY, TON SAI
KHAO LAK
KHAO SOK NATIONAL PARK
KHO KHAO
KUT (KOOD, KUD)

LANTA
LAO LIANG
LIBONG, HAT YAO
LIPE

MAK (MAC, MAAK)
MAYA BAY/THE BEACH/PHI PHI LEY
MUK (MOOK)

NANGYUAN
NGAI (HAI)

PANYEE/PANYI
PATTAYA
PHANGAN
PHANGAN PART 2
PHANG NGA BAY
PHAYAM
PHRA THONG
PHUKET
PHI PHI
PHI PHI NEWSPAPER ARTICLE BY TEZZA

RAILAY, TON SAI AND KRABI TOWN
RAYA/RACHA
ROK

SAMET
SAMUI
SIBOYA
SIMILAN ISLANDS
SIMILAN ISLANDS LIVE-ABOARD
SUKORN
SURINS ISLANDS

TAO
TARUTAO

WAI (WHAI)

YAO NOI
YAO YAI



General Thailand Information

SOME TIPS ON NOT DROWNING

WET WEATHER INFORMATION

SNORKELLING IN THAILAND

THAILAND'S BEST BEACHES



INDONESIA
Spoiling visitor on Seraya Island - West Flores

BALI
BALI'S BEST BEACHES - incl THE BUKIT PENINSULA
BALI - AMED
BALI - BEDUGUL AND LAKE BRATAN
BALI - CANGGU
BALI - JATILUWHIH RICE TERRACES
BALI - JIMBARAN
BALI - NUSA LEMBONGAN
BALI - NUSA DUA, TANJUNG BENOA AND GEGER BEACH
BALI - MEDEWI
BALI - MUNDUK
BALI - LOVINA
EAST BALI - PADANGBAI AND CANDIDASA
BALI- PEMUTERAN AND MANJANGAN ISLAND
BALI RICE TERRACES EAST - SIDEMAN
BALI RICE TERRACES CENTRAL - TEGALLALANG
BALI RICE TERRACES WEST - KEBUN VILLAS
BALI RICE TERRACES TIRTA GANGGA + WATER PALACE


BINTAN

LOMBOK - THE GILI ISLANDS
LOMBOK - THE KUTA LOMBOK AREA

PERAMA SLOW BOAT - FLORES/KOMODO/LOMBOK

SERAYA & KANAWA ISLANDS + LABUANBJO - FLORES



MALAYSIA
Salang beach on Tioman

GORGEOUS TIOMAN ISLAND

CHERATING BEACH

KAPAS ISLAND

LANGKAWI

LANG TENGAH

PERHENTIAN ISLANDS

REDANG ISLAND

SIBU ISLAND



AUSTRALIA
Bound for Hook Island on Oetella

CRUISING TROPICAL ISLANDS ON A BUDGET

BUDGET RESORTING ON THE WHITSUNDAY ISLANDS NTH QLD

SPENDING TIME AT AIRLIE BEACH NTH QLD

DUNK ISLAND - NTH QLD

FITZROY ISLAND - CAIRNS - NTH QLD

CRUISING THE SOUTH WEST PACIFIC ON LINERS

BYRON BAY - BEACH PARADISE

NOOSA HEADS - MY ALL TIME FAVOURITE

MANETIC ISLAND - NTH QLD


GREECE
Paradise Beach - Kos

GREEK ISLAND HOPPING



TURKEY
Paragliding Mount Babadag to Oludeniz Beach

BUDGET CRUISING AND PARAGLIDING THE TURQUOISE COAST
THE NORTH AEGEAN COAST
THE SOUTH AEGEAN COAST




SPAIN
Bay just south of Portas Vells, south east Mallorca

INTRODUCTION
BARCELONA
IBIZA
L'HOSPITALET DE L'INFANT
MALLORCA/MAJORCA
MONTSERRAT
PYRENEES
SAN SEBASTIAN
SITGES
TOSSA DE MAR



USA - SOUTH WEST

THE BEACHES

THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY

GRAND CANYON TREKKING

YOSEMITE TREKKING



USA - HAWAII

OAHU'S BEST BEACHES



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THE FORUM
Yon Cassia has a lean and hungry look (image Deco Dermots)

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GENERAL
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JUST FOR LARFS - PART 2: STONES FROM THE JOKER IN THE GLASS HOUSE (1 thru 11)

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Tegalalang/Tegallalang

visited May 2015




These rice terraces are about 10km north of Ubud and 44/48 km from Kuta/the airport. However because of Bali's increasingly difficult traffic you are looking at something like 20/95/115mins give or take.


I feel the terraces at Tegallalang are not as good as at Sideman in the east  or Belimbing in the west. However Tegallalang has 2 advantages:
* immediate access for people wishing to walk the terraces
* this area is much easier to reach from the southern tourist areas not to mention Ubud which is a major accommodation destination in itself


The terraced area is immediately adjacent to Jl Ray Tegallalang which is one of the main roads between Ubud and the Kintimani volcano area. Seeing these are about the two biggest daytrip destinations in Bali, plenty of passers-by call in. These vehicles are actually parked in the main drag - makes for a major traffic hickup: our free shuttle from Pondok Sebatu Villas 5km north avoided the jam; dropped us off just north of this area. Plenty of restaurants with terrace views, and other touristy businesses along the above strip.





This is the outlook from the restaurant we chose. Food prices along here seemed to be a little higher than Ubud budget restaurant levels but lower than Pondok Sebatu Villas (the latter wasn't over the top - way cheaper than western prices). This shot is a good one to click-expand.


The restaurants etc along the main road from the opposite side of the gorge


Entry to the restaurant slope is free - the opposite slope (above) has a nominal 10k idr (abt us80 cents at the time) fee.


The free shuttle the 5km from Pondok Sebatu Villas took less than 10 minutes - I chose to walk back (slightly more than an hour) along the parallel, slightly shorter and way less busy Jl Raya Ceking - check your Google Maps. 90% of the route was shaded by trees, slopes gradual to moderate, one village and at least a dozen woodcarving businesses.

PONDOK SEBATU VILLAS
There is closer accommodation to the terraces (none right in the main road strip or very close to it) but Pondok Sebatu Villas was the nearest which had a room within yer humble correspondent's modest budget. 
I find it difficult to build a linear scale on a Google Earth image featuring variable relief (there is a series of parallel gorges within the above area) - but fer you map nerds, the straight line distance from the "r" of "rice terraces" to the "P" of "Pondok" is 2.7km.
Many booking sites include PSV in their Ubud lists but I don't think this should be the case - at 15km north and 30 to 40+ minutes driving depending on traffic it is too distant. There is a lot of equal or better for the price accommodation in and immediately around Ubud – as a repeat Ubud visitor I reckon you really need to be close to make the best of the town. I booked Pondok Sebatu on the basis of proximity to the rice terraces
 
PSV is a short distance south of Sebatu village - the straight line distance between the place marker of each is 540m. I found a good general type store less than 10 minutes walk from PSV, immediately on entry to the village - if you forget to pack something you could probably find it here. But I couldn't find any budget (or other) restaurants in town. There were some food stalls down near the temple (it is in a deep gorge) but nowhere to sit down. The nearby Puri Ganga resort (small square near temple's place marker) had food prices considerably higher than PSV's. Resort itslelf looked pretty sweet - pool and restaurant had outlook over the gorge.


This is the view from our villa's balcony. PSV is a pretty nice place with only 10 villas, located on the side of a small gorge with views across to some okay rice terraces on the opposite slopes. The lowest villas also look out over a small lagoon which you may be able to see if you click-expand  – their downside is a pretty steep climb to the restaurant and pool (which are just above the level of this pic), although most of the lower villas have their own mini pool. Sweet.  

Chez tezza at PSV


We booked the cheapest  room, a  one bedroom no-pool villa, and at around $us70 a night for May which is not really high season I was a bit disappointed (I have stayed in dozens of Bali rooms in recent  years and have found better value elsewhere).**  But I think PSV's villas vary a fair bit - people who book more expensive ones should maybe search for those reviews (even the other basic room seemed bigger and of different design to ours so my conclusions may not apply to it). 
Our room was more compact than I expected – the queen bed took more than half the space. There was no hanging area for clothes (there was a wardrobe with shelves), no luggage stands, no inside chairs (chairs outside on the spacious balcony with great views over the gorge), poor lights for reading. Done up in attractive dark stained wood but the floors were very thin meaning they creaked when walked on. The bed was comfy and the fitted mozzie net was a very good one. TV, jug, aircon (quiet), safe, in room wifi but some other inclusions mentioned by booking.com absent – they may be found in the more expensive bungalows.
** that may be a bit harsh - PSV has quite a few free extras - afternoon tea, 3 shuttles to Ubud and back daily, free shuttles any time to the rice terraces plus pickup when you want, free bicycles, a good value guided morning hike of the Sebatu region's highlights, meals and afternoon teas delivered to your villa if you wished. 

Overall I thought the place was pretty good and enjoyed my stay.


Characterful outdoor bathroom had good hot water. Mozzies didn't seem a problem.


Small pool had nice outlook....


....as did the restaurant immediately above the pool. Restaurant prices not budget but still a bargain by western standards. Food pretty nice. Ditto the inclusive breakfast - staff here excellent as elsewhere in the resort.

The free pre breakfast walking tour is recommended. One hour, gentle gradients apart from the first 100m up PSV's killer driveway, very relaxed pace. Informed commentary from guide Udi about farming, village life, temples - also provided free bottles of water. 







I also went on an independent wander thru the district. Walked as far north thru Sebatu village as I could, from where the road became a concrete path.....




....which cut thru the rice fields (that's distant Agung in the background)....


....finally ending at a small temple....


From there I took a narrow path which cut across a small, deep ravine and then climbed to the busy Jl Raya Tegallalang 
I walked back down this road (there must have been a dozen wood-carving places as above in the 2km I walked - how many in the next 10km to Ubud?)....

.... to the turn-off back to Sebatu, Checked the Gunung Rawi Sebatu temple on my way thru the gorge and was back at PSV in about 2hrs.
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THE FREE UBUD TRANSFERS
3 times a day but the timing is such you either spend 5 hours in Ubud or 10 minutes. 
If you insist on making PSV your Ubud destination, do a bit of research - 5 hours is plenty of time to fit some of the more time-consuming activities in (eg the Campuhan ridge walk which takes you thru some attractive rice growing areas although not particularly terraced) plus fit in a nice meal at one of Ubud's many good value restaurants.


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