The kangaroo is one of the most famous animals of Australia. Normally, unless you go to rural areas of this vast country, they are not easily seen living in the wild. The fastest way to be around them and take photos are the zoos (or nature reserves that provide this service), almost all medium-large cities in Australia have one. There are often wallabies mixed with the kangaroos in zoos, these are very similar, but smaller and docile. Kangaroos are nocturnal creatures of habit, and if you want to see them outdoors you have to leave at dusk or night because they are that time of day you go out to find food. You must be careful with them, as they generally are shy and flee when they feel in danger, but if they are threatened they may react violently. The population of kangaroos in Australia is so large that hunting is allowed (in a controlled way), to contribute to the maintenance of the balance of the ecosystem of the country.
The trip on the ferry to get to the whale watching area is a little long, but it's definitely worth it when just a few meters, if not inches, away you can see how the whales jump, swim and even do exercises with their fins right in front of you. It was awesome to see them up close. There are a ton of ferries that take you to see them. I chose one that was called Tasman Venture and it went very well. They gave me a DVD and got a snack on board. Hervey Bay is the starting point for the ferries that carry Fraser Island. Whale watching is a good option, if, like me, have to do hours to take the ferry.
The Kuranda Scenic Railway is a railway in Queensland linking the city of Cairns to Kuranda village which is about 27 kilometers northwest. The journey is amazing: the train passes through the forest with all of its lush vegetation, a bridge offering a view of a spectacular landscape, and next to some natural waterfalls that fall very close to the train. You can take pictures from a roofless car with everyone else ve squeezes in to get the best picture. The train is very nice and quite old. It began to operate in 1891 thanks to a costly infrastructure that made difficult terrain passable by train. More than 1,500 men were involved in this huge project that began in 1886. The train has a steam engine and maintains its nineteenth century aesthetic while incorporating modern technology.
This is where you can see great metropolis in compact form; Brisbane is a really lovely city to visit. You can see the greatness of contemporary art, as well as it's humanity, which is what gives charm to the city. Behind the Story Bridge is the suburb of Riverside, the business district and huge buildings. In addition to offices, there is a large bustling market every Sunday morning, livening up a place that normally has a serious side. But Riverside is especially nice to watch from the Brisbane CityCat ro, a very Anglo-Saxon city center!
It is an attempt to replace the beach, a pool on a beautiful promenade with lots going on around it. It's not an intimate pool, of course, but there is a kind of small, sandy beach to sunbathe, or dine in the barbecue area. It's very clean, and has magnificent views of the Esplanade and downtown Cairns.