Wonders of Australia – Day Seven – Thursday 15 October 2015
Weather: Sunny, 28
I slept like a log and thankfully, the day at the zoo didn’t start until 8:30. My transfer showed up and handed me a card for my return trip. Three times were listed – 12, 1:30 and 4:30. They had already selected 1:30 for me which was perfect since my flight to Darwin wasn’t until 7 pm.
It took about a half hour to get to the zoo after our hotel tour of Cairns. I picked up some kangaroo food and headed straight to the koala area where we could hold a koala for a photo. The photo is included with the $20 session but they’ll also take one with your camera which is nice. You can take a hard copy or get it emailed.
Pretty cute though on further research, they now believe that even these photo sessions stress the koala. If I had known, I would have been happy to just take the photos with my zoom. The zoo has a number of koalas and several have joeys.
They’re hanging around poles that have branches of eucalyptus poking out. The koala can actually hide in the branches – I can be staring at a clump of eucalyptus branches and not think anything is there and then the branches move, and it’s like a metre away.
I continued on with a visit to the lemurs…
Seeing these guys, it blows my mind that anyone actually tried to insinuated that a dingo was not capable of dragging away a newborn baby.
I returned to the koala enclosure and spent an hour taking photos.
It was an informative session, and as she spoke, a wombat came up behind her and grunted. She said they can be territorial and it was trying to tell her to get out of its enclosure.
When she was done, I got my fridge magnet and went out to wait for my ride. I asked the driver if she could drop me at the mall instead of the hotel and she said no problem. I went in and had some KFC then checked out some shops.
I was back at the hotel by four. I still had my room because I had late check-out, but I was actually checked in for the night. In the end, I didn’t really need the late check-out. I could have stored my luggage for the day no problem. Granted, had I done some snorkeling today, I would have wanted a room, so I’m guessing that is the rationale for it. In the end, I pay for this room and the one in Darwin for the same night. I noticed that next year, this tour has changed the Cairns schedule so that this wouldn’t be an issue.
My transfer was on time and it was just a short drive to the airport. It was a QantasLink flight and I had checked in the night before, so I just had to get my boarding pass and luggage tag and I was on my way. I checked out the shops, and as always, I have to check the M&Ms for unusual flavours….like pineapple.
The flight to Darwin was just over two hours and there was a time change of a half hour. I can see the moon on the horizon all the way there and it’s a clear night for a landing.
I find my transfer and we head to the Adina Vibe hotel. On the way, she mentions that she had picked up a couple for the same company the night before. I said they were likely heading out at five the next morning and she said she was scheduled to pick them up.
So, I asked her to pass on a message. I told her they thought I was supposed to be with them for this tour but that I was actually a day behind. I asked her to tell them that and say hello.
She laughed and said no problem.
It was almost ten by the time I got settled into my room.
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