Journals from James Cook University, Australia
2011-05-31 Rainforest and Beach Tour
At an orientation session for study abroad students in February, I won a gift voucher for a trip through the International Student Center. The trip was to Josephine Falls, Bramston Beach, and Babinda Boulders. After almost four months, Sam and I were finally able to go on the trip and it was amazing. Josephine Falls is about 50 minutes south of Cairns and is a gorgeous three-tiered waterfall at the base of Mount Bartle Frere, Queensland’s highest peak. At the bottom of the waterfall there is a natural water slide that leads into a swimming hole. The water was freezing, but the water slide was so much fun! We then drove a few minutes to Bramston Beach, which is a fairly secluded and unknown beach. This is the first weekend the jellyfish nets have been taken down in Northern Queensland. The water has become too cold so the jellyfish have moved to warmer waters. Once we arrived at the beach, Tony, who is the guide for most of the International JCU tours, made us a delicious homemade cream of crab soup. We had a lunch of sandwiches and salad on the beach, before heading to Babinda. Babinda is a very small sugar cane plantation town south of Cairns and is home to Babinda Boulders and Devil’s Pool. After a short walk through a massive and gorgeous rainforest, we came up to a river lined with huge boulders. Devil’s Pool is a whirlpool in the middle of the river that has taken the lives of many men who have tried to swim across it. There is an aboriginal legend that says a woman died in the whirlpool and her spirit lures men to swim in the river and that is why it is so dangerous. After having a delicious snack of fresh fruits and Tim Tams, it was time to head back to Cairns.