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Cairns and Wildlife Habitat

We met for the group flight in LA, then flew to Sydney, then on to Cairns (Northeast Australia, in Queensland).  We spent 4 days there as a group, and were able to scuba dive on the Great Barrier Reef, go the Wildlife Habitat in Port Douglas, and wander around Cairns.  Scuba diving was a wonderful experience, I got to see tons of cool fish and a sea turtle and a reef eel and tons of other stuff, and we also saw humpback whales and dolphins on the boat ride out to the reef.  The Wildlife Habitat was also a great experience, since it was our first real introduction on Australian animals and we were able to see them up close and personal and pet kangaroos and wallabies all within their excellent facilities. 

 

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cool pool in Cairns

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Cairns waterfront

 

 

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Cairns harbour

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Cairns harbour

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ocean on way to reef

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looking off front of boat on way back from reef

 

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an interesting Simpsons vehicle in Cairns

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there is a fruit bat in this tree, but you probably can't see it

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bat in tree

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parrot (male)

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parrot (female)

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ducks

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cassowary (i know its blurry, but i felt that it should be on here anywa)

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masked lapwing (see that spike by its wing!)

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magpie goose (blurry)

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emu (blurry again!)

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fruit bats (flying foxes) we saw there, and also flying around in the wild by school

 

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some sort of Australian pelican (biggest kind in world(?))

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two jabiru w/ their little baby...first pair that have ever reproduced in captivity

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a lonely looking kookaburra

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bunch of kookaburras (their call is indeed very loud and distinctive all day/night long, I like it)

 

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frogmouth

 
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forest dragon

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water python

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a koala

 
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sleeping koala

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another koala, looking a bit like a cranky child being awoken

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do you see the crocodile in the green muck? its the dark part sticking up slighty just below the center of the pic

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crocodile laying in the sand

 

 

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crocodiles laying by water edge

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a pretty butterfly on a leaf

 
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tree kangaroo

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cute kangaroo close-up

 
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gray kangaroo

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kangaroo chillin on the grass

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another kangaroo chillin (background for this page)

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another cute gray kangaroo

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little wallaby

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me giving a wallaby a leaf she wanted and you can see her baby joey peeking out of her pouch between her legs

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me petting a kangaroo

 
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me with two buddies

 
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some AustraLearn girl I think named Ashley, with me (also Ashley), and a kangaroo grabbing food (click on that blue dot there...I can't get it to be normal)

 

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walking on the path in the habitat i wanted to take a pic, and the sun happened to come through a spot in the leaves at the same time i took it.  the habitat was very nicely made and an excellent area for all the animals.

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birds on the cloth-like material roof

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Rex Lookout, so perfect. Its on the coast road between Cairns and north to Port Douglas, which is around where the habitat is. 

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Rex Lookout, once again looking so perfect

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whole AustraLearn group at Rex Lookout

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on way from Cairns to Townsville, the start of Hitchenbrook Island is on the right...its a very large island (I think the second largest off Australia's coast maybe), and has dugongs in the waters around it

This background picture I took is of a kangaroo chillin on the ground at the Wildlife Habitat.

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