On our second day in Cairns, Cecile and I took the skyrail up the mountain over the rainforest to the village of Kuranda. The skyrail makes several stops on the way for short walks through the rainforest where I saw magnificent trees with roots growing above ground with multicolored bark and stunning vistas.
A bird I saw several times while on walks through forested areas was the bush turkey. It’s a large bird that wanders along pecking on the ground for insects and seeds with a flat tail that fans out sideways, showing no sign of fear of nearby people and builds large mounds of debris that will compost to create heat for nests.
After lunch we went to the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary filled with many native butterflies
We tried in vain to capture photos of the green Cairns birdwing butterfly and the blue Ulysses butterfly but the two most vibrant and beautiful butterflies never stopped long enough to get a good photo.
The views were spectacular.