Cairns Adventures – Day 1

We all woke up at 5am today. Yay for jet lag and getting an early start to the day. πŸ˜‰ After having a relaxing morning at the apartment we headed off for the Barron Gorge National Park. We walked the bridge to the Barron Gorge Hydropower Station. The water levels seemed really low, but we are here in spring time. It was just beautiful exploring around this area.

We tried to take a walk off the road down to the river but got caught in a rain shower without our jackets.

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We decided to go up and explore the northern end of the park Kuranda.

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Look we saw a Kookaburra! A

Also lots of these Brush Turkeys! Their vertical tail feathers are so neat.

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Then a stop at Wright’s Lookout.

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Followed by a walk on Din Din Barron Falls Lookout Track.

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It was a beautiful and easy walk for all ages and abilities. We did get caught in several downpours throughout the 40 min there and back walk. Thank goodness for rain gear! A

The vines around here are incredible!

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The falls.

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Back to the Kuranda village for lunch (our first real Australian mincemeat burger with beets and grilled onions, yum!) and a playground stop.

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The weather was holding so we decided to go to the Kuranda Koala Gardens. It’s small but amazing! The cost is super reasonable as well. They have freshwater crocodiles.

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Wombats

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Wallabies and a kangaroo are in an area you can go in and try to feed them some food. But most weren’t interested.

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How hilarious is this sign?! Please do not remove joeys from mothers pouch. Ugh let’s hope this wasn’t because someone tried it before. A

Now the real reason you go to the Koala Gardens are for the koalas! And you are able to hold them too!! Checking off one of my bucket list items. I was perhaps more excited than the kids. L was too short to hold one on his own. The employee said if the koalas get too close to the ground they feel nervous. Valid or not I thought that was an interesting idea.

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Check out those claws. But I was too in love to notice if it was painful. Look at the cute face!

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Mamas with babies and so many other koalas just hanging out. A

We ended the afternoon with all the adults napping, taking the kiddos for a late night swim and having leftovers for dinner. Super relaxing and everyone was asleep by 9! I can’t believe how much we’ve been sleeping on this trip. I think it’s a combination jet lag and let down from our busy lives back home.

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