A Day in the Rainforest

Yesterday was, again, a wonderful day. We took a 4.7 mile gondola ride to Kuranda, known as “the village in the rainforest”. The gondolas held 4-6 people and the views of Cairns were beautiful as we rode up. Halfway to the top we exited the gondola and were led on a walk through the rainforest by a ranger. The walking that we do is not strenuous. In the rainforest they have built wooden walkways so you don’t have to deal with uneven ground or get muddy. Two interesting things that I learned are one, although the forest is very calm, the plants are extremely competitive for sunlight. and, two, do not touch the heart-shaped leaves of one plant, as they emit a toxin which is extremely painful and can be deadly.
The village of Kuranda is at the top of the gondola ride and we had a couple of hours to walk around. There are several cafés, so we had lunch, pasties for the second time, then walked around the village. Lots of local artisans selling jewelry, wall hangings, carved bowls, etc. I bought a beaded necklace to accessorize my travel outfits.
We returned to the resort at about 3:00 p.m. And relaxed a little. We went to bed early, as we had to set our alarm for 4:30 a.m. To be ready for the flight to Ayers Rock.

About Susan Gutterman

I am an amateur photographer and occasional blogger, living in northern California. I also enjoy reading, walking, traveling, volunteering and spending time with my family and my yellow lab, Gabby.
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