Rainforests & Coral Reefs
We filled our last week in Brisbane by saying goodbye to Cadan, Katie, & Grant, visiting some fun gardens (the kids are doing their Roo dance around the topiary Roo), visiting the largest Ginger factory in the world, and a working train museum (check out who was hiding in a nearby shed!). On the way back from the train museum we stumbled upon the best park we have ever visited in nowhere else than Ipswich, Queensland.
Neil says, “Happy Bilby Day”. (In Australia the rabbits have destroyed much of the habitat that supported small native marsupials such as the Bilby shown in chocolate).
We left Brisbane and headed to the subtropical rainforests of Lamington Park (the first national park in Australia). After preparing camp the students set out to trap birds, marsupials, and insects. In our time off we fed the local Rosella parrots, did tree top hikes, and of course helped the students. This experience has been a highlight of our time down-under.
We then set out for Heron Island, a small coral cay (you can walk around the entire island in 20 min) located at the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef. We snorkeled, enjoyed the beach, found plenty of caterpillars, helped the students on a night snorkel, saw huge loggerhead turtles and baby hatchlings heading out to sea.
In this photo are stingrays, a turtle, and a huge hammerhead shark (all 4 meters from the beach).