Rainforestation Nature Park
Back to nature
The Army Duck rattles and bumps over the uneven ground of the ancient rainforest. Suddenly a river appears between the arching fronds of tall tree ferns. The kids clutch the metal sides of the truck, their eyes wide. Is the Army Duck really going to drive into the water? It rumbles forward. Will it float?Yes! It glides over the murky water like a boat, the engines turning the propellers. The guide points out a snapping turtle sunning itself on a log, then you chug into a narrow creek where overhanging branches crowd over your heads.
Kennedy Hwy, Kuranda; (07) 4085 5008
■ The traditional Aboriginal dances performed three times daily against the rainforest backdrop.
The Army Ducks at Rainforestation Nature Park are old army vehicles. They were built during World War II to help ferry men and cargo between warships and beaches. The designers took normal General Motors trucks, substituted waterproof hulls for standard bodywork, and added propellers and rudders for operating in the water.
■ During the Army Duck Tour, your guide provides information about the animals and plants around you.