Caution: Objects May Be Farther Away Then They Appear

Today's planned activity was a tour of the Australian Rainforest; little did we know, the rainforest near Cairns is not so near.  Our first stop on our rainforest adventure was Port Douglas.  About an hour away and this was just a pit stop.   

We saw these two birds and thought they were adorable.  Then we heard their very peculiar call, "Turn Back! Turn Back!"   We should have listened.

We saw these two birds and thought they were adorable.  Then we heard their very peculiar call, "Turn Back! Turn Back!"   We should have listened.

For another hour and a half...this was our view.  In total, we were on the mini-bus with this same view for more than six hours of this eleven hour adventure.

For another hour and a half...this was our view.  In total, we were on the mini-bus with this same view for more than six hours of this eleven hour adventure.

We finally arrived at our first rainforest vantage point and this is what we saw.

We finally arrived at our first rainforest vantage point and this is what we saw.

Our next stop was Cape Tribulation, where Captain Cook famously ran aground.  It was beautiful and presumably surrounded by rainforest.  We were warned not to swim in the water because of jelly fish and, more importantly, crocodiles.  Annie still took her shoes off and walked along the edge.  

Our next stop was Cape Tribulation, where Captain Cook famously ran aground.  It was beautiful and presumably surrounded by rainforest.  We were warned not to swim in the water because of jelly fish and, more importantly, crocodiles.  Annie still took her shoes off and walked along the edge.  

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After a boat tour on the Daintree River (where we saw no crocodiles and are not including any pictures because there was nothing to really show), we wanted to share that our tour guide (after someone asked why we didn't see any wildlife on the Wildlife Cruise) said, "Well, now is not really the time for crocs...the best time to see them is in the Winter.  You should come back in six months."  With that sage advice in hand, we got back in the mini-bus and finally did see some of the rainforest in Mossman Gorge.  It was touristy, but beautiful.

After a boat tour on the Daintree River (where we saw no crocodiles and are not including any pictures because there was nothing to really show), we wanted to share that our tour guide (after someone asked why we didn't see any wildlife on the Wildlife Cruise) said, "Well, now is not really the time for crocs...the best time to see them is in the Winter.  You should come back in six months."  With that sage advice in hand, we got back in the mini-bus and finally did see some of the rainforest in Mossman Gorge.  It was touristy, but beautiful.

Never ones to back down in the face of adversity (or frustration), we took this one final shot on the way back to Cairns.  It's a beautiful part of the world and we're glad we saw some of it.  Looking very forward to flying to our final Australian city - Melbourne - tomorrow afternoon.  More from there in another couple of days.

Never ones to back down in the face of adversity (or frustration), we took this one final shot on the way back to Cairns.  It's a beautiful part of the world and we're glad we saw some of it.  Looking very forward to flying to our final Australian city - Melbourne - tomorrow afternoon.  More from there in another couple of days.