Where the Rainforest Meets the Reef

Trip Start Jun 07, 2010
Trip End Jun 23, 2010

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Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Friday, June 11, 2010

We continued driving up the coast. We drove by lots of fields of sugar cane.  Our guide jumped out of the bus and cut off a stalk with a really big knife, called a machete, so we could try some. It tasted like sugar.  Imagine that! Next we crossed the Daintree River on a ferry.  There is no bridge across the river, so the only way across is by ferry.  Our guide told us that he had broken his leg, but couldn't go to the hospital till the next day because the ferry had closed for the night and there was no way to get to the hospital, which was on the other side of the river. We stopped at a scenic lookout where we could see the ocean.  Our guide gave us "bush tucker" which just means food found in nature.  He gave us ants.  The ants had little green balloons on the back of them.  Our guide told us to lick them. They tasted good, like very sour lime.  Can you believe we licked an ant’s bottom!?

World Heritage sites are places where the plants and animals of an area are unique or show unique growth.  The next place we went, Cape Tribulation, is very special because two different World Heritage sites meet: the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef.  We walked down to the beach to have a look.  We saw mangroves and giant spiders.  The spiders are as big as a plate! While we were there, we learned how to throw a boomerang. 

Next we went to Emmagen Creek.  We learned about Wait-A-While, a plant that starts out pretty, but soon is a big mess and nasty to run into.  It grabs at whatever it touches, whether that is your shirt or your skin.  It hurts!  Fortunately, the only snag we got was on clothes, so we didn’t feel the pain. When we got down to the creek, our guide showed us how to look for soft rocks which will give off a sort of paint when rubbed against a damp rock.  The Aborigines use this to paint their bodies.  Different rocks give different colors.  We tried several rocks and then painted ourselves with it. 
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