Our last stop in Australia was in Cairns where we visited the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest. It was pretty hot compared to Tasmania and Sydney. I loved the weather!
Checking out Cairns
Do I look tan? HAHAH! Not so much.
I don’t know the name of this tree, but it is a pretty neat one. The vines that grown down from the limbs form new trucks once they touch the ground.
We drove from Cairns to the Daintree National forest. Some of the roads and bridges were a little old.
Me on our rainforest walk through the canopy. Unfortunately, we forgot mosquito spray and we were both eaten alive.
On our way back from the rainforest, there was a fruit farm that made their own ice cream. This one was raspberry, macadamia, maracuya (passion fruit), and wattle seed (it sort of tasted like coffee flavor to me).
At Mossman Gorge. A nice, but chilly river to have a swim in
Port Douglas. A very nice town on the coast, a little north of Cairns
Sunrise from our hotel in Cairns
We spent one day scuba diving and snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef. I couldn’t scuba dive since I’m pregnant, but the snorkeling was just as nice. It was a little different from our first diving experience. In the Maldives we were only 8 people, but this time we were on a big boat with 80 people. I think we were spoiled for our first experience. We did see some cool sea life though: gigantic clams, colorful coral, and some beautiful fish. Rafa saw a small turtle and shark too.
Me on the boat!
The delicious ribs I had for dinner one night. That was only half a rack and it was huge!
We took a train ride up through Kuranda State Park.
The train was orginally built for gold mining up in the mountains. Now it’s a tourist train that takes you up to the top.
Rafa and I on the train
Waterfall on the train ride
We we got to the top of the mountain, there was the town of Kuranda. We actually didn’t enjoy the town as much as the trainride up and the cable car down. It was pretty much all tourist shops in the town.
At the bottom of Kuranda was an indigenous culture park where you could learn more about the natives. This was probably our favorite part of the day. They showed us all about what the Tjapukai use to hunt, eat and survive. This is Rafa and a Tjapukai.
Here we learned how to throw spears to kill a kangaroo.
And here how to throw a boomerang to kill birds. Rafa was pretty good!
The next day we boarded the plane for our long trek home to Frankfurt. We had a wonderful trip and saw so many amazing things! Let’s see when we go back!