Thursday, March 22, 2007

The Honkers-Kiwi-Aussie Tour: Day 36 Port Douglas, Queensland, Au

Up early and out to breakfast at the Cafe Kuranda - locally grown tropical fruitsalad with yogurt and muesli (granola).
To Birdworld - a place I was reticent to leave."In the heart of Kuranda, 30 minutes from Cairns, Birdworld Kuranda is one of the largest free-flight aviaries in Australia. More than 500 birds from around the globe fly freely amongst the rainforest trees above. Amongst the flutter of wings and the birdsong is 56 different species of native Australian birds living in the safe enclosure, including brightly coloured parrots, playful lorikeets and the large elusive cassowary."
For $2AU I purchased a small package of foods (sunflower seeds, almonds & peanuts all in the shell, dried corn on the cob, celery and an arrowroot biscuit) to feed the birds. It was amazing to have parrots eating out of your had. The real highlight was seeing and feeding the cassawories. An Indian ring-necked parrot alit on my shoulder so that it could better choose a morsel of food from what I was offering. It was an experience I'll never forget.
Drove north on the Captain Cook Highway to Port Douglas where we stopped for lunch at Java Blue Cafe. Booked into a self-catering cabin at Pandanus Caravan Park for a quiet night.
"Any of several species of ratite (family Casuariidae) of the Australo-Papuan region. Related to the emu, it has been known to kill humans with slashing blows of its feet, which have long, daggerlike claws on the innermost toe. It has a featherless blue head protected by a bony crest and has a black body (immature birds are brownish). It moves rapidly along narrow tracks in the bush. Cassowaries eat fruit and small animals. The largest species is the common, or southern, cassowary (Casuarius casuarius), which stands almost 5 ft (1.5 m) tall." Source:

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