Port Douglas Day 2
Trip Start Jan 22, 2013
57Trip End Mar 18, 2013
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We had booked a tour today which is not really our style. It was the Daintree Dreaming Day tour. We thought we were going to the rainforest for walks and education. What we realized during the tour was that we were in for a huge surprise, which is what is so great about this kind of trip. We were picked up by our tour bus, which had 5 other passengers…all girls. The tour guide was an Indigenous person by the name of Cavell…sounds like travel, as he said. The girls were from Belgium, Holland, France, and Sweden.
Our first stop was in Mossman at the Janbal art studio/gallery. www.janbalgallery.com.au We went into the studio where a table was set up for us. On the table for each of us was a Binna Bean pod with an eye hook in it. The artist was an Aboriginal man of the Kuku Yalanji tribe/group. He gave us a quick background into aboriginal art which is fascinating in itself. The aboriginal art represents stories and connections to the earth, sky, and water represented by 3 colors, rust, yellow, and white. They don’t use brushes, they use sticks on their traditional work. Anyway, he gave us some instruction and then turned us loose on painting our own necklace or earring. I haven’t decided which it will be for me. ;-) After we finished he gave us more insight into the artwork and his people. Then he brought out 2 of his digiridoo’s and played them for us. He made sounds of the kangaroo, and a "joey" trying to keep up with his mum, a kookaburra bird, and something else I can’t remember. I can’t remember because this day turned out to be an information overload day.
After that experience we went to the Mossman Gorge, which is part of the Daintree rainforest, and yes, it rained on us. As recently as 10 yrs ago you could drive to the carpark and they had maybe 35,000 people annually. Now they get a million or so, but you can’t drive to it
After lunch we drove north to look at a location where they have crocodiles in the ocean. In fact, they have warning signs on the creeks and ocean beaches to warn the tourists. The crocs use the ocean as a path between creeks. They lay their eggs just above the creek high water mark so they wouldn’t drown. The interesting part is how they know where the high water mark will be from year to year because it’s always changing.
From there we were in for something we never expected
On our way back to our hotel Cavell gave us a quick tour of Port Douglas which up until fairly recent was an unknown tourist destination.