Let me preface this by saying that if you like animals and you are in Cairns, you really, really, really should make this event part of your trip here! We had so much fun!!!!!
So we arrived at the Cairns Night Zoo and were checked in. One of the first to greet us was Sam – the Sulpher-Crested Cockatoo (he liked being scratched behind his ears and told us so by saying ‘scratch’ and tilting his head to the side.
After we were checked in, we were allowed to grab a drink while we waited for our food to be served. We had water (we have been drinking tons of water here), but beer, wine, and sodas were all available as part of the evening’s events. Next came a Swaggie with a Didgeridoo
and gave everyone a lesson and a chance to play. Video will come at some point. Then the buffet was ready.
Freshly grilled steak, grilled chicken, Spanish mackerel, sausages, baked potatoes, the world’s best cole slaw, pasta salad, green salad and crusty bread. Then the desserts came out. Pavlova
with fresh fruit salad and lashings of whipped cream. I was too stuffed to try it, but Daniel said it was very good. Jack tried grilled chicken, a baked potato and the pavlova. He didn’t like any of it, but at least he tried it!
While we ate, Dave sang us some songs. Our particular favorite was Country Roads! I feel sure he sang it for us (as he sang it when near our table), but later he seemed surprised to learn we were from Virginia. We bought his CD as we enjoyed his songs so much. Not so sure that Sam liked the music though, he got a bit agitated a couple of times, screeched and flared his crest!
Next we were given torches and a bit of a talk on what to expect and what we could and couldn’t do and off we went.