Kuranda Railway, Skyrail & Hartley's Croc. Adv.

Trip Start Jul 23, 2010
Trip End Aug 20, 2010

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Friday, July 30, 2010

Another early start today, for our combined trip of Kuranda Scenic Railway, Skytrain & Hartley's Crocodile Adventure. After being picked up by coach we’re dropped off at Freshwater Station to get the train up to the town of Kuranda. This is a great little train, err... what am I saying, it's actually so long that it needs two engines to get it up the steep incline. The views down into the valley on the way are spectacular as we slowly climb up the mountain side, especially the Stoney Creek Falls, which we see from the Trestle Bridge. After a couple of stops at special lookouts including one over the impressive Barron Falls, we arrive at our destination of Kuranda. Now unfortunately we only have an hour or so here, so it’s a bit of a whistle stop tour around the sights and shops, and then it’s straight onto the Skytrain.
This is a 7.5 kilometre cable car that glides us up the rest of the mountain over the canopy of the rainforest, with a couple of stop offs on the way, and then back down the other side into Cairns. I don't think Elaine enjoyed this part of our day as much as Elise and I did, but like me on the water, she was glad she did it.
Within a couple of minutes we're picked up by coach again and off to Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures. We check out the various crocodile enclosures, as well as the wallaby paddock and then our first sight of koalas. How cute are these guys...??? Even if they are fast asleep, this is apparently quite usual. Next up was the Crocodile Lagoon Cruise, which was pretty good actually, lots of croc sightings and the pole feeding was quite dramatic to say the least. Looked for the cassowary after the cruise, but he was playing extremely hard to get, and hid at the back of his enclosure, but got some great koala shots on the way to the Crocodile Show. In this there is the inevitable madman who hand feeds the very large and very quick croc, before somehow getting a rope on it which makes him a tad angry, forcing him into the infamous "death roll". All quite entertaining, and a relaxing end to a busy day. Finally it's back to the inevitable souvenir shop visit, I was even tempted myself into buying a lovely book on Australian Birds!!! So, another day nearly wrapped up, and yet another earlyish start again tomorrow for our trip up to The Daintree Rainforest & Mossman Gorge etc. At least we're doing this one under our own steam, so it should be a bit more relaxed... hopefully...!!!
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