Cape Tribulation and Kuranda

Trip Start May 20, 2006
Trip End Aug 17, 2006

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Friday, June 9, 2006

So we decided to go to a rainforest in the sub-tropic wetlands of Queensland in the rainy season.... one word... WET! Another word...Fantastic! Our journey began, as usual, very early and we made our way up the coast, literally, to Cape Tribulation. This route was supposed to be one of the best coastal drives in the country. We stopped at the small towns of Port Douglas and Mossman and visited a wildlife sanctuary and the famous Mossman Gorge. The wildlife centre was home to all manner of birds, animals and reptiles, all housed in an open plan environment, free to roam where they pleased and even share breakfast with you in the cafe! (apart from Brutus the 4 metre croc) We got up close and personal with lots of Kangaroos and wallabies, sometimes hand feeding as many as four at once! Some of them were carrying joeys and we often caught a glimpse of a little head or sometimes just legs popping out of their pouches! We left there and found ourselves walking through a rainforest to Mossman gorge, where we found a swimming hole in a calmer section of the rapid flowing river. Next was a cruise along the Daintree river, home of some saltwater crocs. We saw two massive beasts just sunning themselves on the banks, along with a baby, no bigger than the palms of our hands! We learnt about the flora and fauna, including mangroves that can spit at you and blind you! Back at our cabin, literally in the middle of the rainforest, we met some new friends and seeing as it was the opening night for the world cup we thought it would be fun to walk to the neighbouring hostel. We underestimated the mission as it was PITCH BLACK, POURING WITH RAIN, and 4km away!!!! It was an experience we will never forget, walking in the middle of nowhere, never quite sure of where the killer cassowary could be hiding!! We were soaked through, no amount of kag in a bag or black bin bags could keep us dry! Needless to say we somehow made it back to the hostel and in the morning we decided to embark on our own bush walk! the 10 km trek took 4 hours, saw us attacked by cobwebs, walk through crocodile infested creeks, hitch a lift from a local, and scramble over crab infested rocks.
Afterwards, we headed back to Cairns where we met up with friends we'd met along the way and watched the football, disappointing performance but good result. The next day we went up over the top of the rainforest via a sky rail, to a little village called Kuranda. We shopped at the local markets and visited a venom zoo. Here we learnt not only about the killer spiders around, but also the scorpions, snakes, centipedes and fish that could do you in with one bite! (as if Andrew needed to know that!!) I held a cockroach and massive stick insect thing... andrew just watched! The journey home on the scenic train was beautiful, but dont ask Andrew because he was in the land of nod for the whole 2 hours!!
Next stop Ayers Rock..!!
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