Our last couple of stops have been right at Great Barrier Reef territory. Having been there, we opted for inland nature enjoyment.
Mangroves are a big deal environmentally. They retard the tidal movement of water, which is deposited as the tide comes in, and leaves just fine particles when the tide ebbs. Mangroves build their own environment.
In the Whitsundays we did a crocodile safari. We had a nice boat ride down the Proserpine River, home to many freshwater crocodiles. They are smaller and much friendlier than their saltwater cousins.
Cute crab, out of nowhere.
Then at Cains it was a ride on the Kuranda Scenic Railway.
Rising 1,000 feet we went through 15 tunnels and crossed 40 bridges through an ancient rainforest.
We finished with a particularly fun ride on an army duck, an amphibious vessel.