Tuesday, March 12, 2013


We are off in a chartered bus to the Rainforest station. We are going to ride in a Duck boat which goes on land and water through the rainforest!

Staghorn Fern ....very slow growing...grows on another tree. We saw so many different ferns, trees, flowers and birds that we did not know the names of.  So many pictures to take but no room to share!

Aboriginal dancer....always painted with white paint! They dance to the digeridoo music! we then learn to throw the Boomerang.


 Birdworld in Kuranda.  Alexandrine Parrots and Debbie has a Blue and Gold Macaw.  I thought I was being attacked...could be the food we were holding in a bag!! The red and blue bird is a Crimson Rosella. Debbie is in heaven with all these birds!

Black Cockatoo...never have seen one in the wild!
  Mandarin Ducks are so amazing and colorful...almost don't seem real! Below is a southern Cassowary the 4th largest flightless bird in the world.

Monday, March 11, 2013


Arvin, Debbie and I traveled by bus then train to the airport and then boarded Virgin Air for Cairns....an experience!
  Our balcony of our apartment was surrounded by trees....beautiful!  We are waiting by the office for our tour bus to the Rainforest National Park

Flying Foxes....bats hanging all over 3 or 4 cashew trees.   Debbie and I took a tour of the city and surrounding area.  We went to the Cairns Botanic Garden with so many unusual flowers and trees!
The bus stopped at this cute little cafe and treated us to hot fresh scones with jam and cream...yummy

 Palm Cove where the Paper Trees are huge! The government told the developers that they had to build around the trees.
  Our dive and snorkel experience was aboard the Reef Magic.  We were onboard for about 2 hours before we reached the outer barrier reef and our floating launch! Debbie went diving and I went snorkeling....Arvin went on the submersible glass boat!! Our last day Debbie and I went to Green Island to snorkel for a half day off the Green Island beach! They had a great little shopping area between the pier and beach area that was all wood flooring.  There was also a hotel and swimming pool and eating places!