Cairns Australia Continued February 22 – 25 2016

Disclaimer: Sorry that some photos might be sideways. It will depend  if you’re viewing on a PC or tablet. They’re all properly oriented when we post but we’ve noticed the switch when we look at the blog on our Ipad and/or PC.

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Continuing on in Cairns:

We woke up early the next morning and used the available bicycles & helmets and ride into town for a breakfast.

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We returned , packed up and got ready to picked up by Malcolm, our gracious host.  Not only did he drive us to Yorkeys Knob but also stopped at a few markets so we could pick up some groceries and fresh seafood. We were very grateful for his generosity. Malcolm and Anna rented us an apartment that was lovely, spacious, clean and the air conditioning worked well. It was directly across from a pretty beach where there were safety nets set up to keep out jellyfish.

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We had hoped to kayak but the water was too rough to risk staying upright with so many jellyfish in the waters. We cooked at the apartment they evening. Hank’s foot had been bothering him and Malcolm recommended a podiatrist he could see the next day. We woke up early to see the sunrise but it was raining, so we walked on the beach with umbrellas.  We set off for Hank’s doctor appointment  via a bus that picked us up directly across the street from our apartment. Very convenient!  After the doctor visit we walked to a nearby cafe and discovered a display of a HUGE local crocodile.

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The next morning we set off at 7:30 am for a tour of the Daintree Rain forest area. The tour bus picked us up and we traveled on the Captain Cook highway along the beach to Mossman, The Daintree River & Rainforest area and Cape Tribulation. We passed a sign: “Croc feeding – bring your children”  Ha ha!
Mossman is a sugar cane refining town where there are lots of sugar cane fields, which are harvested May through December. The trees lining the main road in town were planted in 1904 – South American Raintrees with lots of moss and ferns growing on them.

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As a part of our trip we transferred to a little boat from which we saw a large crocodile, mid-size & baby crocodiles. DSCF3266

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past intermediate egrets flying from trees


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The Daintree Rainforest area is a world heritage sight.

 

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We walked on a boardwalk through the forest

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and saw two Boyd’s rainforest dragons ( lizards)

 

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and a 400 year old Cycad Tree Fan Palm.

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We had lunch at a spot that was a wallaby and bird sanctuary. It was exciting to see a baby in it’s momma’s pouch.

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and then past Thornton Beach to Cooper Creek on Cape Tribulation for a swim in a cold creek that Shelley actually jumped in! Too cold for crocodiles also.

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We tasted different fruits & had billy tea made by swinging the tea pot around the cook’s head to settle the tea leaves.

Back in the bus & drove to Cape Tribulation beach named by James Cook who explored Australia from his ship, The Endeavor, and claimed it for the British.

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A stop at Daintree ice creamery for exotic fruit ice cream where the fruit is grown in local orchards.

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We drove to the river & were carried over on the cable pulled ferry.

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We got up early the next morning to watch the sunrise across the street at the beach. We sat on rocks and watched the lovely hues. It was a great surprise to see a drone rise up over the water flying in front of us. Maybe someone wanted to see the sunrise without getting out of bed?

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Hank had a swim in the ocean in the portion that is netted off for jellyfish protection.  Our next adventure was the Cairns Botanical Gardens.We caught a bus first to the marina for more prawns & mud bugs from the trawler restaurant we enjoyed the other day.
We then took a bus to the FREE Cairns Botanical Gardens.

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We saw phenomenal trees, bushes and flowers . We got to see an aboriginal Medicine forest , an interesting tree called a sausage tree.

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We also saw the Titan Arum, the tallest blooming plant in the world, which bloomed in January, 2016.  Its bloom has an odor likened to rotting flesh, which is why it is called “the corpse flower.” It had be written up in the local papers a few months back.

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 We saw a kookaburra perched on a sign post at the gardens.  It was exciting to see one in the wild.

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 After the bus back to downtown Cairns we found a restaurant right across from the tree of parrots where thousands of the birds would descend on the tree at dusk.
We were up early for another magnificent sunrise.  Malcolm cut a coconut for Hank to drink the water.

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Across the street near the ocean we spotted a black cockatoo with beautiful red tail feathers.

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We really loved this beachside spot and sadly had to say goodbye.  Malcolm was very gracious in driving us to the airport.  We headed off to Brisbane.

More to come soon!