Day 17 (Cairns)

Today we went on a river boat ride. On the boat ride we saw four grownup and three very cute baby crocodiles. Also, we saw some herons and egrets in a tree. The egrets were completely white with an orange beak. Unlike the zoo crocodiles we saw, the crocodiles were in their natural habitat. The duration of the river boat ride was about an hour. After the river boat ride we went to go eat some very unusual fruit. My two favorite fruits that we tasted was the sour mango, and passion fruit. There was a type of fruit that was a white jelly on the outside and a black seed on the inside.

After that, we went to Mossman Gorge. We went on a hike in the rain forest. We got to see a very rare lizard called Boyd’s forest dragon, which is indigenous to the area. We walked on a lookout and saw part of the gorge and water flowing over big rocks. Then we continued to a suspension bridge and there was a lookout to see a rock cairns which is a stack of rocks balanced on top of each other. Then we walked back down to a calmer part of the gorge and took a short swim in the mineral filled, freezing water. Our tour guide Carlos went to the edge of the boundary then came back to the shore swam and climbed on rocks. We swam with fish. We had a great time in Mosson Gorge where the trees and plants are 165 million years old.

On the way back to the convention center we passed a wild wombat before we came to a cliff. There we stopped the bus to take pictures of the sea. When we got to the convention center we had dinner.

Amelia, Isaac and Sam

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