Tuesday, 26 May 2009
After leaving Kuranda we arrived at Rainforest station. Rainforest station is set in the middle of the forest and lets people experience a rain forest close up. After lunch we got aboard an old army amphibious vehicle called a duck and set off into the forest. The driver /guide was incredibly knowledgable about the forest and the plants and animals that live and grow there. One plant definitely to be avoided in the 'stinging tree'. If you come into contact with the innocuous, ordinary looking plant it this causes unbearable, incapacitating pain that can last for up to 2 months! More pleasant were the striking irridescent blue butterflies...who's name escapes me right now. Didn't see many other animals as most were inactive. Being winter in Cairns it was 'only' about 27c which is not warm enough for most reptiles.
I got fooled by the cool mountain air today into not putting any sun cream on and am now paying for it with sunburn.