This morning, Kat and I were picked up at the very late hour of 07:10. The tour bus seated 15, plus the driver and all seats were filled. There were a number of us Canadians, some Americans, British and Swiss.
Today was our safari tour of a rain forest up here on the northeast side of the continent. There was a lot of driving, not only to pick up everyone. The drive up to the rain forest probably took close to two hours.
The safari started with a boat cruze down a river in the hopes that we might see a crocodile.
Crocs, as they call them here, don’t like clear water because they can’t hide and surprise their prey. This is why the river is so muddy. The muddiness actually comes from the tides going in and out, as this river is connected to the ocean. When the tide is in, the water is salty. When the tide is going out, it’s fresh water.
If you look closely at this next picture you can see a small bird in a nest on the dead tree. I believe they said it was a type of kingfisher.
Here we have a funky red plant that I don’t remember the name of.
This next one is of an actual crocodile.
No, really. The tour guide even brought the boat in closer so we could all see it. I couldn’t see anything except brown water and trees. There were a few others that were spotted as well, but it was either on the opposite side of the boat or it disappeared before it came into my view. I am sorry to say, we don’t have any pictures of actual crocs.
We do have a lot of pictures of the massive ammounts of greenery growing along the side of the water.
Many of the trees are well over 30m (100′).
It was a gorgeous, sunny day so almost any picture will look good.
After the boat cruze, we had a walk through the forest. You might think this to be dangerous, it being Australia and all, but the path was a boardwalk with waist high railings, so unless you decide to wander from the path, you’d be pretty safe. The only real danger were the mosquitoes. They really liked legs, and any time we stopped I spent a considerable amount of my attention on removing them. There was one girl who had so many bites on the back of her legs, she had a welt the size of a grapefruit.
We did get to see some interesting creatures, but many of them were not out in the wild.
This one was, though.
Sorry about the bad focus. This is a medium sized golden orb weaver. We saw another one later on that was bigger but I couldn’t get a picture of it as we were in the bus. Yes, we saw a spider that was big enough that you could spot it from 4-5m away (13-16′).
A snake in a terrarium. I don’t know what kind.
Another snake. This one might have been the death adder, but without seing his head, it’s hard to tell.
A small aquatic turtle.
A really big crayfish.
Here we have a big lizard hanging out on a log in a cage.
These are Galah birds.
These bright little guys were being quite noisy.
This guy was just hanging out on the back of a chair, and he wasn’t camera shy either.
There were also two sharing a cage, though the door was open, so they were able to come and go as they like.
Okay, last birdie.
They had a bunch of displays at the visitor’s center showing some of the insects.
A lot of them were butterflies or moths.
This guy was just sitting on the hand railing during our walk through the forest.
I’m sure you would all like to see something cute after all that, so here are the wallabies.
These wallabies are all orphans and can’t be returned to the wild. We were given pieces of sweet potato and we got to feed the wallabies.
I’ll give you one guess as to whether this next wallaby is male or female.
Here is the female with a full pouch.
There was a lot more that happened, but unfortunately I am going to have to cut this short, as it’s getting late and it has been a long day.
I will leave you with this awesome picture from one of the lookouts that we visited today.