SATURDAY 4/3/2010 – KURANDA RAINFOREST
Before leaving for the Kuranda Rainforest, Marcia went to the front desk and asked them to confirm our transfer to the airport the following day. There seemed to be some confusion with the Airport Connections Company again. After about 15 minutes, we were told, “It’s all Good.”
Kuranda is midway between Cairns and the Atherton Tablelands. A historic railway train usually climbs through tunnels, across bridged ravines, past waterfalls and stops at Barron Falls. The Skyrail cableway overlooks the coast, rainforests, national parks, mountains, rivers, lakes, waterfalls, and some of Australia’s richest agricultural lands.
I wore my kangaroo leather hat. It had been raining steady for two weeks in Cairns. A recent cyclone missed Darwin, but a strange weather system has caused lots of rain. A LANDSLIP closed down the Kuranda train, so we had to take the skyrail both ways. The fog was so thick, we could hardly see the waterfall at Barrons Fall. It is definitely the rainforest!
We had lunch at the Irish Bar & Grill in Kuranda. Lexie had a burger and fries. Marcia and I had their world famous Pot Pie – beef soaked in Guiness and topped with mac and cheese.
We visited the Markets and other shops. I bought a few unnecessary souvenirs. On the skyrail back, we saw an awesome palm tree with a red, berried asterisk looking thing growing out the top.
The shuttle picked us up at 4:00 pm and dropped us off at the Rydges Esplanade Resort. When we got to our room, we found a fax from the travel agency notifying us that our return flight times had significantly changed. The new flight had us hanging out in the Brisbane Airport for ten hours and ARRIVING in Los Angeles one hour AFTER our connecting flight departs for Milwaukee. I called Qantas. They got us on a flight through Sydney, which will get us to Los Angeles approximately the same time as our original flight.
We went to dinner at Raw Prawns. We got the early/early discount – 30% off if seated between 5 pm and 6 pm and left the table by 7:30. Our meals were delicious. Marcia had prawns. Lexie had the Cajun catch of the day. I had kangaroo with sweet potato mash.
After dinner, we shopped more. Marcia was on a quest for a DROVER hat, but she either didn’t find one that suited her fancy or couldn’t convince herself that she’d ever wear it. I broke down and bought myself an opal pendant. It’s 2020 now, and sadly I can’t find my opal pendant.