Mossman Gorge and Cane Toad Racing

Trip Start Nov 11, 2012
Trip End Nov 17, 2012

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

After another leisurely lie in I decided to get up and go for a walk along the beach on my own - being an early riser in a group full of sleep-inners mean that no one else in the house was up yet. The tide was extremely high so it was no actually possible to walk along the sand as I had hoped – I settled for a short walk along the road to the 'safe part' of the beach where the jelly fish net is, thinking that I would be able to put my feet in. When I got there however I could see that the waves were actually going over the top of the net, and so opted not to go in after all –
no Irikanji for me! When I had had my fill of looking at the beach I headed home to find my cohort up and eating. We discussed what would be best to do today – Mossman Gorge was the eventual decision.

Mossman Gorge is a beautiful place and walking around there made it really hit home how important it is to protect our old growth rainforests. We didn't see much wildlife apart from some fish, scrub turkeys and the odd butterfly, but we did hear a lot of birds mucking around in the canopy. It was quite hot and humid (as one might expect), and there were a few people swimming in some parts of the gorge. We originally brought our swimmers along, but opted not to go in the water after one of the guides at the tourist information centre told us there the gorge was prone to flash flooding at this time of year. The photos can't really do justice to what was a truly spectacular morning- the strangler figs were a real highlight for me.

In the afternoon we decided to relax for a bit and swim in the pool attached to our complex for a bit. At first I was disappointed that we didn't go putt putting, but this a good chance for me to learn how to slow down a bit and just enjoy being still. Coming from a big city, it's pretty easy to get swept up in activities and not slow down for weeks on end. In Port Douglas there is stuff to do if you want it, but it's also just as easy to sit around by the pool and do nothing at all.

In the evening we went to the Iron Bark Hotel for dinner and watched the cane toad races. It proved to be a hilarious gimmick that was well worth the $5 that we spent on it. All of the people up on stage had to kiss the toads before putting them in the 'racing bucket' to begin the race. Some of the people had a hard time doing it, and the looks on their faces was priceless. After
that we went and wandered around the night markets for a while, before meandering home to get a few hours sleep before the big event!
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