I can’t belive that it’s almost time to leave Port Douglas! We have had so much fun, but we’ve been busy!
Yesterday, we visited the Wildlife Habitat and had Breakfast with the Birds. The Wildlife Habitat is a little different than a zoo. You really got to enter into their environment, rather than observing the animals from an enclosed space. There were tons of birds flying around. I am not a big fans of birds…..bad childhood experience (those birds in City Park are aggressive!). The highlights of the Wildlife Habitat were: getting to hold the koala bear and feeding the kangaroos/ wallabies.
I informed Justin that the koala was my favorite animal from about the 2nd-4th grade. I believe that I did a report on them at some point. Needless to say, I was pretty excited. We only got to hold him for a few seconds (long enough to get a picture), but it was still pretty exciting.
After that, we bought some “Roo” food and entered the kangaroo/ wallaby area. I was so excited to feed them. The kangaroos and wallabies were so sweet and gentle, but there were tons of huge geese that kept trying to get the food. I hate geese.
On one of my first attempts to feed the kangaroo, a goose bit my hand. Of course, I screamed, droppped the bag of food, and ran!
The geese were pretty much a menace for the rest of that experience. While one of us was feeding the kangaroo, the other had to fend off the geese. I even saw one bite a hole in another visitor’s food bag.
I guess it was funny. One thing I am sure of, we will not be taking our future kids to feed the ducks unless it is a goose-free zone.
After the Wildlife Experience we went back to the apartment and got ready for our helicopter ride!!! I was so excited!
I’ve never rode in a helicopter before (Justin did it one time before when he was young). We booked an hour flight over the Daintree Rainforest and Great Barrier Reef. It was amazing (and really hard to put into words).
Seeing the reef from the sky is a totally different experience than being in the water. I couldn’t get over how big it is. I read somewhere that it the size of Ireland and Great Britain combined.
The pilot was able to get low enough to where we were able to see tons of turtles and sting rays swimming around the reef. We even saw a few sharks! I’m glad that I saw the reef sharks from the air rather than the water!
The helicopter ride was an incredible experience and one that I will never ever forget.
Today, we walked through the Daintree Rainforest and Mossman Gorge. We learned from the helicopter pilot that the Daintree Rainforest is 175 million years old and 35 million years older than the Amazon.
We enjoyed walking along the path and taking lots of pictures of the beautiful scenery.
Tomorrow, we wake up and head back to the airport for our 11th flight since we left for the trip.
See you in Sydney 🙂