Last day on the cool little island and as at our hostel we have a nature wildlife park run by local residents to help learn about the local wildlife. We do the 10am tour and the ranger who runs it is a funny and loud character, very opinionated and doesn’t take no for an answer when getting you hold one of the animals.
We see a few small crocs, with a couple of the group able to hold one before he gets too restless.
We also get chance to hold cockatoo and he gets us to put a seed in my mouth and the bird gentle takes it from my lips as a kiss. Cute. As he is talking to us, I find myself sitting behind a huge big spider web with a pretty ugly spider sitting on it too.
Next part is holding all the lizards – bearded dragons and some other weird and heavy one. He puts the lizard called Fred on our heads, starting with a girl who he teases by pouring water down her back saying it weed on her and then her friends join in the prank telling her its really yellow on her top and smells. She doesn’t look impressed so it is quite funny. He feeds the lizard some sort of meat too and there is Echidna which I’ve never seen before and is one of only two mammals that can lsy eggs along with Platypus. Cute, but hiding from the heat in a hole it’s dug as it’s so humid and hot so exactly what I want to be doing.
Next is the Koala holding, which annoyingly had to pay an extra $18 (£9) to do but feel you can’t come to the island and not do it. It’s cool as you can get your own pics too, unlike Australia zoo. His name is Thor and is a cute little guy just cuddling and gripping on to each person. A nice experience. They have an odd smell and slightly different to the one cuddled in Perth, even colour is different.
Last animal we hold is a large python that is really cool and feels so weird. It’s pretty fascinating to watch how he slithers around each person and can see how some cultures find it hypnotic haha. Some people there are really scared of holding, but with all but one he manages to get them to hold it. A definite favourite thing to hold, but all really cool and pleased went ahead and did the tour as wasn’t sure was was the $50 in total. All helps the animals so I don’t mind so much.
The tour finishes at 12 and we have until 4pm at the hostel until we leave for the ferry and then greyhound bus to Cairns. Decision at the last moment to skip mission beach and jyst head there for the skydive leaving from Cairns. It’s a nice day just chilling around the bar and pool area chatting to a few of the others there and the quite amusing bar manager. It’s definitely the sort of place you can go and totally relax and if it wasn’t so awkward to get to and wanting to be in Cairns to catch up with some of the guys met, I easily would have stayed on couple of extra days.
24th February 2016