Rain Forest Station, Cairns
The second facet of Forestation is the display of aboriginal culture through live performance. We watched aborigines practice hunting techniques with spears and boomerangs. We threw boomerangs ourselves. The time concluded with didge-re-doo playing and dancing. Aborigine culture is evident in the Northern Territories where one-fourth of the population is native. As it turned out, this was our only opportunity on the circumnavigation cruise to see the culture. Photographers: bring zoom lens and have low light capability since it can be dark under the shading trees.
This is a dual park: nature and native culture. We were exposed to the rain forest with a bounty of palms, termites and water. We boarded a Second World War Duck, a favorite amphibious vehicle of Douglas MacArthur, and bounced along a rain forest track to a small lake. Engaging the prop and rudder, we motered around looking for scarce wildlife. Photographers: bring the zoom lens and use the full range. There is great stuff here.
We didn't like the village much. Too touristy and tacky for me. They've got Aborigine dance troupes and boomerang & didgeridoo shops and loads of arty markets and stuff but not my cup of tea. I think it grew out of a 60's Hippy commune but hey, it ain't the sixties no more, so time to move on. So move on we did, to a place called the Rainforestation Centre, where we went on an Army Duck Tour for some real culture :¬)
We also learnt yet more about Epiphytes, well let's face it you can never know too much about them! We caught the bus here from outside the Butterfly Farm and it dropped us back at the Railway Station.
One of the things to see in Kuranda is the Rainforest Station which has a good collection of crocodiles, snakes and marsupials kept in what look to be quite good conditions. In there we also went on a Duck (amphibious landing craft) drive - pretty good fun.