RainForeStation – Cairns, Australia

RainForeStation - Cairns, Australia

I spent the first part of 2008 studying abroad in Wollongong, Australia. Before I made Wollongong my home, however, I spent some time exploring Cairns, Australia. While SCUBA diving and snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef was the highlight of the trip, I also loved visiting RainForeStation.

RainForeStation – Cairns, Australia

RainForeStation: Cairns, Australia
There are a ton of great activities at RainForeStation. We started our tour with a 45 minute ride through the rainforest in army ducks.
RainForeStation- Cairns, Australia: Army Duck
Our driver pointed out different types of birds, animals, and plants native to the forests in that area.

We then spent some time with the native Australian wildlife: Koalas, Kangaroos, and Crocodiles. Yes, Crocodiles.
RainForeStation: Cairns, Australia: Crocodile

For the record: koalas are incredibly stinky, baby kangaroos (joeys) are the cutest and crocodiles are terrifying (duh).
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    RainForeStation- Cairns, Australia
    Ah, baby Nicole at 21!
    RainForeStation- Cairns, Australia

    The saltwater crocodile on display, Jack the Ripper, has killed 12 other crocodiles that have been put in his enclosure for mating purposes.
    RainForeStation: Cairns, Australia: CrocodileRainForeStation. Cairns, Australia

    Finally, we ended with a Pamagirri Aboriginal “experience”. The experience included lessons on boomerang throwing, didgeridoo playing, dancing, and spear throwing. I failed at all of the above.
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    “Experiences” like this always make me feel a bit awkward. While I love the opportunity to learn about new cultures, the performance aspect of the experience left me with only a superficial understanding of the Pamagirri culture. That being said, it was very interesting to learn more about one of the oldest Aboriginal cultures from individuals belonging to that culture.

    How do you feel about attending ‘cultural experiences’ while traveling?

  • Kristen Warren

    hahaha koalas are stinky! love it. so true though

    • http://treasuretromp.com/ Nicole @ Treasure Tromp

      but seriously, they are so stinky.

  • http://thepinnacleproject.blogspot.com/ Britt @ The Pinnacle Project

    What is that sign supposed to communicate? Don’t feed your arm to the crocodiles??? Lol. Smh.
    The Aboriginal experience looks really cool – I would’ve loved to learn some of the dances.

    • http://treasuretromp.com/ Nicole @ Treasure Tromp

      isn’t that a hilarious sign? I love it!

    • http://becomingadorrable.com/ Becca Dorr

      Don’t pet them!! Who would want to pet crocodiles??

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  • http://www.estherandjacob.com/ esther julee

    This looks like a lot of fun. :) I would love to attend a “cultural experience” but sometimes I wonder how much of it is just a show for tourists and how much of it is real. I’d love to just go hang out with locals and see how they do their day to day.