Valerie & the Aussie group are in Port Douglas now - visited Daintree rain forest yesterday - hunted for seafood with spears -without much success!! Also, went swimming in the oldest rainforest in the world, the Daintree rain forest.
Dean was our guide for our full day Aborginal and Daintree Rain forest tour. We first stopped at an art gallery owned by a hearing impaired aboriginal. Binna explained the history of dot painting, the significance of the colors - red for the earth, yellow for the sun and white for the rain. And, then we got to try our hand at dot - some of us more gifted naturally than others. It was fun way to spend part of the morning for all of us. This was followed by a walk in the Daintree Rain Forest - this was encouraging as there is a brand new Cultural Center run by the local aboriginal peoples. The walk was fascinating with Dean showing examples of how the forest was the hardware store, the pharmacy and the grocery store for the indigenous population. We had casual lunch at the Cultural Center and it was very good - even the barbecued kangaroo salad as well as the barramundi burgers! Next stop - spear fishing and mud crabbing. We didn't have much luck mud crabbing that day and were even less successful with the spear fishing... We gathered oysters, periwinkles, and one small stingray. We had several sightings of shark but both Jim and Brandon missed their chances. It was raining as we walked through the surf, and once we learned we were walking through waters with sharks, Beth mentioned..."haven't even noticed the rain since I realized there were sharks in the water." They were black tip reef sharks - not interested in us at all. After our meager attempts at catching our own food, we went back to Brandon's house. While waiting for him to cook up the few things we had gathered as well as the barramundi he had caught in the am, we had a taste of damper (bread) which could be a cousin to hardtack. I can't say the stingray was wonderful - a little bit of a mushy consistency but everything else was delicious. A great way to spend a day