Tjabukai, Skyrail, Kuranda, and Night Markets

Trip Start Jul 09, 2013
Trip End Jul 28, 2013

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Friday, July 12, 2013

After brekkie, we hopped on the coach and made our way to the Tjapukai (pronounced "JAH-buh-KIE") Aboriginal Cultural Centre. Dennis (can't even begin to tell you what his real name is in his native language, but it means "rainbow"!) introduced us to his culture by playing the digeridoo for us after we were given ceremonial face painting by members of their dance troupe.

Dennis' digeridoo skills were very impressive! He was able to describe how the digeridoo is made, demonstrate making various animal noises using the instrument, and play tunes as well as VERY long notes using circular breathing. We were all very impressed!

Once Dennis was finished with his welcome, we were escorted down the way to try our skills at throwing a spear then a boomerang. Those who were skilled enough to catch the boomerang that they threw were allowed to keep the boomerang!

Next we went back to the main building where the dancers put on quite a show! They even invited several of our Ambassadors up on stage to join them at one point. I think the coolest part was watching them actually "make fire" using two sticks and some kindling. I even got to help them by blowing on the kindling to get the fire going.

We went back to their theater after that where Dennis told us more about Aboriginal History. Learning that there were over 300 different Aboriginal Nations in existence prior to Captain Cook's arrival was pretty impressive!

They all had time to shop in the gift shop (of course) before heading off to lunch. Some of the group had congregated outside the entrance to take more pics of the MASSIVE spider that was outside the cultural center. While we were out there, Beccah introduced us to the lime flavored ant butts. Quite a few adventurous souls scavenged around for the lime ants (just like in the Jungle Book!) and confirmed that "YES", it does take like lime!

We lunched "picnic style" on sandwiches with lemmingtons for dessert before taking the Skyrail up to the rainforest. The scenery was beautiful! All I kept wondering was "how did they string this cable up at the top of the rainforest???"

Once we were at the top, we were in the lovely town of Kuranda. We spent some time browsing through the quaint shops, but several of them already started closing for the day when we got there. So we ended up at the park playing Name Games until it was time for Brent to pick us up.

We headed back into downtown Cairns and took our first group shot in front of the man-made lagoon. There was a group of people doing Zumba in the esplanade so we, of course, joined in on the fun before heading off to dinner. Dinner choices were kangaroo (which most of them selected), barramundi (local fish), chicken, or lasagna. Then it was straight to the Cairns Night Market to continue the shopping frenzy.
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