Last week we left winter behind in Sydney to enjoy summer weather in Cairns. Actually, they don’t really have summer and winter in the northern part of Australia, they use the terms dry season and wet season, so technically we went in the dry season. This, I believe, is the best time to visit this part of Australia. The weather is not too hot, there is not much rain, and there are no stinging jellyfish. However, there are crocodiles all year but we were told that they are fairly inactive in the dry season as it is too cold for them and they are not looking for mates. You still need to be careful though and should not swim in the rivers. People have been eaten by them because they ignored this advice and went swimming in the rivers; some at night. Crazy, I think ;) We saw two crocodiles on the river bank, whilst travelling down Dickson Inlet, so they live alongside humans. It was fantastic to see them. In one of the photos you can see the crocodile yawning.
Anyway, there is much to love in this part of the world. My husband and I have been here before and wanted our children to experience the Great Barrier Reef, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Unfortunately, global warming is having a terrible effect on the reef but it is still beautiful. I hope we can do something before it is too late. Our daughter is a fantastic photographer and she created a video of photos she took while snorkelling. Click here to see this video.
We also visited the Daintree Rainforest, which is the oldest rainforest in the world. It is a wonderful place. During our time there, we saw a male cassowary with his four large chicks. The cassowary is a large flightless bird. Apparently, the males look after the babies. Sounds good to me :) We also went zip lining through the rainforest. Wow, what a spectacular view from the canopy!! It was loads of fun. We saw two little rainforest dragons, called Boyd’s forest dragon. They are only small and not fierce as their name suggests.
Other highlights of the trip included finding coconuts on the beach, eating ice cream made from rainforest fruits and fresh prawns caught in Port Douglas, walking through Mossman Gorge that is now run by the indigenous people, finding green ants’ nests in trees (they are edible apparently – not that I tried) and of course spectacular scenery. All in all, it was a wonderful trip and we are now having to adjust to being back home in Sydney. Although, our winter temperature is meant to hit 20 degrees today, so it is not too bad. This post helps me relive my memories.