An Odyssey Down Under: Australia and New Zealand Day 29

Thursday, March 5

Our day began with a lecture from a local expert who talked to us about the Wet Tropical Rainforests of North Queensland.

After the lecture we traveled with our expert, Russell, to the town of Kuranda. It is a mountain village near Cairns. It is surrounded by the world’s oldest living tropical rainforest. We enjoyed walking around the town and had lunch at Frogs Restaurant.

We took the Skyrail to Caravonica but first we stopped at the Rainforest Interpretive Station. We followed along the forest trail to see different trees, vines, lianas and ferns.

The Skyrail Rainforest Cableway was quite a way to see the oldest living tropical rainforest! The Skyrail crosses the McAlister Range, through the Barron Gorge National Park. There were 4 of us in a gondola. Our one way ride took about an hour and a half. This Daintree rainforest and its ancient ferns, emerald green vines and lush canopy provided inspiration for the movie Avatar!

After our gondola ride over the rainforest we visited the Tjapukai Aboriginal Park to learn all about the lifestyle of the northern coastal Aboriginal Australian peoples.

After the program, we had the opportunity to throw a spear and try our luck at boomerangs. Dave was able to get his boomerang to return!

It was another full day of exploring and learning! We loved every minute! This evening was our farewell dinner to Australia and our group got together before dinner to have a memories and shared highlights of our 29 days together! Each of us shared our highlights!

After our farewell dinner, we all needed to pack for our flight tomorrow back to Sydney!

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