Day 71

Location:  

Port Douglas

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Calendar:  

What We Did:

This morning we drove along the winding coastline from Port Douglas towards Cairns, and then up the winding mountain road towards Kuranda, and then, cleaned up Gali’s puke that Mom almost managed to catch in a barf bag, and then arrived at the Rainforestation Nature Park, a hugely popular attraction in the region. With the kids’ grandparents in Australia for the first time and for only a few short weeks, we had to introduce them to Australia’s wildlife, indigenous culture, and natural beauty, all of which can be done right here. We kicked off with a boomerang demonstration, where we quickly discovered we’d have more luck throwing pianos at the birds. We’d never heard the didgeridoo played the way a local man name Shaun played it, the kids were spellbound. And when he demonstrated how far he could throw a spear with a woomera, a sort of wooden slingshot that increases the speed and force of a spear throw, we were amazed. Next we watched an indigenous Pamagirri dance performance, with its hypnotic beats and movements. Of course Raquel had to get on stage and show the crowd what she could do. There’s so much to do at the station!  Next up was a ride with Murray in a WWII amphibious Army Duck, up and down the steep banks the rainforest and into a lake. Murray told us all about the region’s unique plants, pointed out some eastern water dragons, and it was fun to ride a hybrid car-boat we’d never been in before. After a delicious lunch, Raquel couldn’t wait to show Bobba and Zeida their first kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, dingos and Tasmanian devils. Gali loved the pythons, and both kids didn’t believe the two monster saltwater crocodiles – Jack the Ripper and Agro – were actually real. We packed in a quite a morning, so no wonder Gali fell asleep on the way home (whew), where Dad and Zeida took off to fly over the Great Barrier Reef in a helicopter, and the kids took off for the pool.

What We Ate:

Lunch: A delicious buffet including grilled kangaroo kebabs, steak and chicken with fresh salads and vegetables.

Dinner: Haloumi cheese and salad, with a toasted sandwich on the side.

Where We Ate:

Lunch: At the Outback Restaurant in Rainforestation.

Dinner: At home in the Oaks Lagoons

 

My Favourite Pictures Today

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Where We Slept:

The Oaks Lagoons. Which will forever be remembered as the place where Raquel learned to swim (and love it!)

We Learned:

All about boomerangs and how to throw them.   We learned about the Kangaroo dance. We learned that the shorter the didgeridoo, the higher the pitch, and that it is not the indigenous name for the instrument; the most common being yidi yidi. We learned about basket plants and wild sweet potato and stinging trees and orchids. We learned that saltwater crocodiles are now called estuarine crocodiles, because they are increasingly found hunting prey in fresh water rivers. We learned that there’s no stage Raquel won’t jump on, and no winding road that Gali won’t puke on.  We learned that Cairns has a real bat problem, and that baby bats are super cute. We learned that lammingtons are now Mom’s favourite Australian dessert, right up there with Cherry Ripe. Keep the Tim Tams, thanks.

Reflection of the Day

The Best Part:

The kids loved  the ride in the Army Duck (which Gali called a train), and the animals of course.  Doing an experience as three generations of a family is always special.

The Worst Part:

Driving on edge with the full knowledge that projectile vomit could come at any moment.

We'll Always Remember

  • Name: Amanda
  • Favourite Place: Far North Queensland
  • I Love Travel Because: I love experiences
  • My Advice for Kids: Enjoy your surroundings and look up from your phone
  • Name: Murray
  • Favourite Place: London
  • I Love Travel Because: Seeing new places and meeting new people
  • My Advice for Kids: Listen to your parents, they’re not as stupid as you think they are
  • Name: Nathalie
  • Favourite Place: Hawaii or Japan
  • I Love Travel Because: I love new cultures and meeting new people
  • My Advice for Kids: Make sure you travel when you're young
  • Name: Judd
  • Favourite Place: Undine Sandbank, QLD
  • I Love Travel Because: I love new experiences
  • My Advice for Kids: Forget about your career and travel! And then find a job you love

  Today's Random Thing

  A Note from Mom and Dad

When it comes to kids, don’t leave home without snacks, a change of clothes, and a couple airplane barf bags (secured from a flight).  Don’t forget the kids either.  So, we’re playing musical beds again.  It starts out with everyone in their own bed, and then throughout the night, Raquel will invade Mom and Dad’s bed, Dad will move to Raquel’s bed, Raquel will eventually kick Mom out of the bed, so Mom will join Dad in Raquel’s bed, but Raquel will get wise to this and invade her own bed again. Mom will return to her bed until Raquel kicks Dad off Raquel’s bed, so Dad will go to Gali’s room but Gali will wake up and now want in on the action.  So Dad and Gali will sleep in the bed but Raquel will show up and then everyone will move to Mom and Dad’s bed and in the morning Mom will be sleeping in the shower and Dad will be on the floor.   Both kids will have a great night of sleep.  Mom and Dad will need a lot of coffee to get through the day.

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