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... after a chap called Carpentier who was the top dog in the Dutch East Indies company at the time....it was "christened" in 1606 by William Jansz, yup the same dude the fizz is called after. Real name was Janszoon but that just looks silly... he was the skipper of the Duyfken. He sailed around Oz 100 years before Cookie (James T Cook, not to be confused with James T Kirk) and his mob landed in 1770! Why didn't the Dutch land in Oz I wonder? They did a few trips around the ...
... wonder if that's a trend. The food was pretty good.
Another interesting side note, while the barbecue grill was heating up we had an opportunity to play with and feed some kangaroos and wallabies kept in the yard. I was scratching the small male under the chin and he stood up and wrapped his front paws around me. I was hugged by a kangaroo! Not an honored I ever thought to attain.
The next stop was an hour trip by boat, the Daintree ...
... and I walked up to the swimming pool where we swam a mile each and then came back. The sun was shining and I was positive it was going to stay that way but we didn't want to jinx it so had to stop ourselves from getting too pumped up! We had alfresco breakfast and relaxed before it was time to go and see if we would be given the ok go. Strolled over at 1pm and sure enough Natalie the lovely receptionist said we were good to jump and that the van would pick us up in 10 mins. YEEHAH! ...
Today was my last full day in Australia. It has been an unbelievable experience, and I will write about my overall learnings tomorrow, but today was still a very full day. In my 3 weeks here, I have accomplished almost everything that could be possible in Australia, minus hugging a koala, so today was the day. I rented a car, and with four other ladies we headed to the Wildlife Habitat Sanctuary about an hour North of Cairns to a town ...
... and plants, as well as a few birds and a gigantic spider. No snakes though despite trying to find one.
After an hour more on the bus we came to the Daintree river, which is the southern border to the national park, and can only be crossed by a chain ferry. North of the river is thick rainforest right to the coast and no electricity or water supplies are connected, so everywhere needs to run generators and filter their own water. We arrived ...