We stayed about 30km out of Cairns in Kuranda, a very touristy, hippie town, within the rainforest. It had great markets and walks through the rainforest and along the Barron River. We camped a week in the Rainforest Caravan Park and other than the permanents we had the place just about to ourselves. The park was very quiet, except for a few nights over Easter when it was overflowing for the John Butler Trio concert that was performing in Kuranda. Mike and I would have loved to have gone and dreamed that it would only be a few years before we would have taken the boys to it.
The weather was great for the first 6 days with only a few showers now and then that kept it quite steamy in the rainforest, but that made it all the more fun to have a swim in the rain.
We visited Port Douglas and swam in the stinger nets with no stinger suits!! What was I just saying about the tourists being blasé hmmm? I can’t say I was completely relaxed with thoughts of stingers in the back of my mind. I was quite happy that Tom didn’t want to come in, and I discouraged Bryce from getting too close to the outer net! But anyhow, it was lovely in the water and amazingly warm and best of all, no stings. Phew!
Making felt eggs
Kuranda put on a Big Easter fun day with music, jumping castles, face painting and Easter egg hunts. The weather was superb and it seemed that half of Cains was there. Thankfully the boys preferred to stand back and watch, rather than get amongst the mayhem of kids screaming for chocolate eggs and waiting in the massive line ups. This may have had more to do with receiving one of Grandma’s famous surprise packages when we had first arrived, and it was full of Easter goodies! So we instead hung out in the markets and made felt eggs, ate sugar free yogurt, drank organic smoothies and did the rainforest walk. Perfect!
kids self guided tour
Easter morning started early with the boys excitedly looking for any surprises the Easter Bunny may have left, consisting of a chocolate bunny and a few small eggs, they were both very happy. Then we headed off to pick up Kirsty (family friend that had moved to Cairns a few months earlier) and drove to the Daintree. Kristy hadn’t had much time for sight-seeing so it was great that it was a first for all of us. We found our way to the Daintree Discovery Centre and spent a few hours wandering the walk ways and up the tower to which looked out over the top of the rainforest canopy. And despite my optimism the elusive cassowary was nowhere to be seen.
very crowded Mosman Gorge
On our way back we stopped at Mosman Gorge, a beautiful water fall and swimming spot on the edge of the Daintree. It was so busy that we wondered if would be able to get the car back out! I would suggest not coming on the weekend especially not a long weekend! It was worth it though; the water was crystal clear and refreshingly cold! After watching a local show us a jump off the rocks Bryce and I decided to give it a go! You jumped with knees tucked up into the edge of the waterfall, the force of the falls then rushed you over the smooth rocks that you could feel under your feet. Then the current sent you rushing into the main swimming hole. It was quite hair-raising and Kirsty wisely watched instead of jumping. It was all a bit much for Tom with so many people and we didn’t stay long, the walk back through the forest to the car park was great. Kristy and I looked at each other and at the same time said “didn’t we just pay to do this walk”(at the Discovery Centre) lol.
boat trip to Green Island
We took a trip out to Green Island for a day, it was wonderful. The kids did an amazing job. At one time we all went snorkelling for over an hour, the water was so warm and inviting. We swam out quite a long way and saw Turtles, which were so close we could have touched them. Also there were lots of giant clams and stingrays, one ray was bigger than Bryce! Heaps of fish and coral, and a few reef sharks when we were in the submarine boat. It was a great day!
We walked along the esplanade, swam in the Lagoon and caught up some old family friends of Mikes. Decided to stay one more day to get the car serviced. By this time the rain had set in but we decided to catch the train up though the forest to Kuranda despite the weather. We didn’t stay in Kuranda long it was wet, stormy and it made Mike tense! The Sky rail had been slowed down due to the weather conditions which we thought was great as we got a longer ride. The strong winds made the carriages sway which gave the whole trip extra excitement and fun, as long as you are not scared of heights.