Hi, this is Veronica. This morning we got up and checked out of our hotel nice and early and headed for Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures. We saw lots of different animals there, from crocs to cassowaries. We hopped in a boat, equipped with metal grid and glass windows for protection against the croc’s massive jaws. Every once in a while, Andrew, our guide, would hang a chicken head out the front of the boat and the crocs would jump and claw for it. Which made for great shots. The boat was a frenzy of camera clicks and kids running from one side of the boat to the other trying to get a killer shot. I think I got a couple good ones. After the (life-threatening) boat ride, we went on a walk around the park with a guide to see the rest of the animals. When we started our walk we were greeted by a little swamp wallaby…
Video courtesy Tourism Australia
Again a chorus of “aaaaawwwws” and camera clicks. Next we visited some koalas, a mother and baby and a grandma. I was so
touched by the mother and child. I just felt so warm inside when I saw
them. We saw so many other wonderful animals–like the
prehistoric-looking cassowary with its supersonic call. It’s now my
To wrap up our crocodile adventure we ended with a lunch. Guess what we had?…. CROC BURGERS!!! Yes, I had one. I know what you’re thinking, and I felt a little guilty, but it was actually very tasty.
Hi, this is Zach. After our crocodile adventures we took a bus ride to Blazing Saddles, an Australian horseback riding ranch. Our guide gave us a short talk about cleaning and brushing our horse after a ride. A healthy horse is the key to staying alive for a Jackaroo (Australian cowboy). That was enough talk. We went and met our horses who were matched to our skill levels. My horse’s name was Yo-Yo. Another was named Socks. (Funny names!) Our horseback ride was around their 1,500-acre ranch. Along the way we had a little burst of excitement due to the camera crew. Unfortunately our lead horse wasn’t too fond of being filmed, so the ranks were broken and horses were running everywhere. A little chaos, but all riders recovered and order was restored. So we started on our way back and the most exciting wildlife were Brahman cows.
-We returned to base camp and we spent some time with the other farm animals–calves and lambs–then learned how to crack a whip. Ending with a cup of billy tea, our exciting day was done as we checked in to our hotel in Cairns.