We got ready to set off in the place we cooked our dinner last night since it was nearby to some toilets and got chatting to some French guys. They owned an atlas hat also had camping spot references, The previous owner of the van they were driving had circled all the free places, and since Guthalungra was the closest to Airlie Beach, that's where we've ended up tonight. It's a simple camp place with just some toilets, taps, picnic benches and apparently you can get showers for $3 near the petrol station. A couple of nice people have stopped to chat to us including a guy who does lots of charity bike rides and a man who said we could stay on his and his wife's front lawn in Melbourne.
Earlier on in the day, we went to Billabong Sanctuary- a place where you walk round to different animal shows. Firstly was feeding the turtles in the billabong, then we got to feed a cassowary (I was a bit nervous but if you pace it through the fence he wouldn't touch your fingers). The crest above their head looks really bony but apparently is really squishy and researchers believe it's for making sounds instead of head butting as previously thought.
Then was the wombat show. The first wombat brought out was in training and so squirmed around too much to stay in front of an audience, so once the more professional wombat had finished with the schoolchildren here on a field trip, he was held by the woman doing our show. He looked very funny and laidback. Apparently they dig holes with their front paws and then scoop out the dirt with the hard panel on their back and that's why their Joey pouch opens at the bottom (to avoid dirt going in). You had to pay to get a photo holding one, but we could stroke it for free.
The koalas were next and I was almost tempted to get another photo because they were even cuter than the ones in Kuranda. Koala is the aboriginal translation of 'no water' because koalas only eat eucalyptus leaves to get their water. We stroked a blind koala called Ray Charles.
In the reptile show, we got to hold a bearded dragon and a snake, but you had to pay to hold the poisonous snake.
After the lunch break, there was a turtle race- our team's turtle 'Chumpo' absolutely whooshed away, despite the fact both of them were supposed to be very old.
The dingoes were very cute- apparently you can only tell them apart from some dogs by genetically testing them. The woman kind of put us off Fraser Island by saying how the huge influx of people visiting has completely changed the behaviour of the dingoes there and so it's given them a bad name.
During the crocodile feeding, they were teasing them with bits of chicken on strings to get them to leap out the water- I managed to get a pretty good shot of one doing it.
The free flight bird show was pretty similar to things I've seen in England, but I liked holding the rainbow parakeet.
The guy presenting the venomous snake show seemed a bit rebellious- from what he said, it sounded like he'd been bitten by one, but the general gist of what he told us was they may be the most poisonous snakes, but they'll only bite if provoked or scared.
On our way to the campsite, we went through a drive through bottle shop to pick up some goon for our Whitsundays Trip.