Daintree National Park and Mossman Gorge

In Cairns, you will need to rent a car to really explore the area well.  We drove about 130 km from Cairns to the Australian rainforest of Daintree National Park.  Millions of years ago, much of Australia was covered by rainforest. The climate became drier as glaciers disappeared and continents shifted. This area is one of the last refuges of Australia’s tropical rainforest and owned by the Aboriginal people, specifically The Eastern Kuku Yalanji people.

Upon arrival, you will be welcomed at the visitor center with educational material and a souvenir shop.  You can buy a shuttle bus ticket, which will take you up the road getting you closer to the Mossman Gorge and saving you walk time.

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The tour bus will take you along this road to get you closer to the Mossman Gorge. You are welcome to walk this road as well and the walk is about 20 minutes.

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Here is where the bus lets you off and picks you up.
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Walked across this bridge before approaching the crystal clear water over large granite boulders.
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Mossman Gorge
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You can go for a refreshing swim here, but be careful as there are turtles here, which I’m sure are harmless.  You never know though…there could be baby crocs here too.
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A refreshing moment.
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Walking back to our car, we passed by some homes and saw this unique bird.  It might be a yellow oriole bird.

 

Kangaroos in Australia

We rented a car from the airport in Cairns, Australia and the fellow at the car rental company let us know that we can see kangaroos in an open field just off the Captain Cook Highway heading towards Port Douglas and just near Trinity Beach. Just about 30 seconds off of the highway we spotted the kangaroos in an open field near a bowling club.  We were so excited to see these little cute kangaroos in what seemed to be their undisturbed natural habitat.

 

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