Kangaroos, Crocs and Paradise

Trip Start Jan 20, 2007
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Trip End May 06, 2007

Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Thursday, March 1, 2007

We got the bus to Port Douglas and the Rainforest Habitat Wildlife Sanctuary which had some interesting stuff in it. Like a Cassowary which is a huge native bird that will apparently head-butt you if you see one in the wild with their big colourful helmet looking heads. Also the famous laughing kookaburras, some parrots, an ugly python, lots of birds and a koala.

The coolest part was the kangaroos and wallabees that were all wandering (well, more like hopping) around a big enclosed park. We got to feed them some food pellets and it was adorable as one would creep closer tentatively and then more would cautiously follow, until you were surrounded by 6 of them all trying to get in on the action! They had really soft furry nuzzles and were very gentle and sweet. I definitely over-used the phrase 'aww so cute!' My heart melted when they reached their little paws up and held onto my hand for better pellet scoffing position. Very sad when the food pellets ran out. There was a huge one too we named Sylvester (as he looked very beefy and like on steroids) aswell as an alien one with legs growing out its tummy! Oh no, hang on thats a baby upside down in its pouch.

Next we headed to Mossman Gorge where we went for a walk through the rainforest which was very jurassic park and pretty cool. It was so dense and a huge variety of interesting plants and vegetation. Very tropical wilderness-like. Had a swim in the river that was super refreshing but a very strong current so had to swim relatively fast upstream to not get swept away. A lovely tranquil spot in the middle of the rainforest though.

Then we went on the Daintree River Cruise where we had a green tree frog as a friend on the boat. We spotted a very rare heron looking bird and a big tree snake. The main attraction however was the crocodiles! Quite intimidating seeing them in the wild, half expecting them to slide in the water half submerged so you can only see their creepy evil eyes and tactile swish of the tail before they disappear ready to jump out and take you by suprise... but today they simply layed on the river bank basking in the sun.

Following that adventure we made our way to Cape Tribulation where we stayed for a night. This is a very special area and the only place on the planet where two world heritage sights meet- the oldest rainforest in the world and the Great Barrier Reef. It really is stunning, just like dreamy pictures of tropical deserted beaches. We literally didnt see another sole walking along the beach, just a few scattered coconuts. Paradise!
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