Rainforest and animals oh my
01.03.2007 27 °C
Today we headed up into the rainforest to a town called Kuranda. The ride over the tops of the trees were amazing. The view was incredible. We made a couple of stops along the way to check the views and it is wonderful to stand and see only the tops of trees for as far as the eye can see.
In Kuranda we wandered the village which has lots of small shops and resturants. They don't tip normally in Australia so its kinda of wierd the way the resturants work. In many you order your food then sit down and someone brings it to you.
After a nice hike along a river and through the rainforest we stopped for a bite to eat. We bought some cool stuff to bring back and really enjoyed the place. On the way down, we stopped to see Baron Falls. It was nice to see, the ground rumbled but there were trees blocking many of the outlooks but it was still a good experience.
After the long ride down from the rainforest, we took a break and then headed for the night zoo. This is a regular zoo during the day but at night we have a much smaller group. The adventure starts with dinner and the offer of as much as you want to drink. Apparently, they encourage the visitors to help themselves to beer and wine so they are more open to participating with the 'concert' at then end of the evening.
During the visit we saw a very cool owl, bats, crocks and, of course, Koalas and Kangaroos. We got some great Koalas, Kangaroos and lots of crocks. We even got to pat a wombat!
One of the best parts of the night zoo was getting to feed and pet the kangaroos. Inside this enclosure there must have been 50 or so kangaroos hanging around the campfire despite it being 80f degrees or so.
Then evening ended with a concert and many of the visitors singing and dancing to Australian songs.