Lazy Days in Cairns

posted Feb 23, 2011, 1:34 AM by Darren Cannell   [ updated Feb 28, 2011, 1:12 PM ]
Dax and I awoke and we are making a habit of sitting out on our terrace to have our breakfast. 
It was cool listening to all of the rainforest birds in the area and watching the butterflies.  It is very hot in North Queensland during their summer and the humidity is high because of the rain forest.  We worked on Dax's school work which took quite some time.   Then we went to the pool at the Novotel which is a partner hotel to the place we were staying at and it had a great kid’s waterslide where you come out of the mouth of a crocodile.  Dax met a little Aussie friend that he loved playing with and they spent hours in the pool two days in a row.
The last full day in Cairns we drove up to Mossman Gorge National Park which is part of the Daintree National Park – the oldest tropical rainforest in the world.  Apparently this rainforest has survived two iceages so it is full of plant and animal diversity. 
You can take walks throughout the park on suspended bridges and a swinging bridge.  You can also walk deeper into the rainforest along the river up to 3 kms walks but we needed bug spray and water and we had neither with us.  That was a shame and so we turned back.  You can also swim in the river at your own risk.  It was running too fast for us due to the high rain volume.

We saw Ku Ku birds which look like turkeys and one was very injured or a very good actor and was trying to distract me from his or her nest.  He or she was on its side with its wing out and at an odd angle and its leg sticking out and then it got up and limped away.  I hope someone did not kick it because they  are quite tame and stroll around the picknicking areas.
We drove back to our resort and went back for our last pool day.  Dax played non-stop with his little Aussie friend and I caught up with my online Star Phoenix subscription