I’m sitting writing this post in Cape Tribulation in the middle of the majestic Daintree rainforest in far North Queensland. I’m up here at this amazing hostel built right in the rain forest. My room is only a wooden frame with the walls and ceiling made of a tarp like material, which means I can lay on my bed at night and listen to the rainforest come alive with all types of wonderful animals. Its a very peaceful and beautiful place.
Yesterday we had an incredible day as we made our way up from Cairns. We stopped about 90min north of Cairns to spend the day with an Aboriginal family to learn about their traditional customs and rituals. These people still live pretty much off the land and soon after arriving we were in the middle of the mangroves knee deep in water with a spear in my hand hunting lunch. It was incredible to see how accurate my new friends were as they speared mud crab after mud crab, I on the other hand need a few more practise shots.
As we were making our way in from the water I saw a sudden movement only 4 meters away I turned quickly to see a fin sliding across the water towards us. I immediately panicked as the 2 meter bronze whaler shark hovered near by. I started to run the other way as my friends started to move towards the shark. They then said the words I think you never want to hear while meters away from a shark….”it’s too big to spear”. As you can imagine this only made me move quicker to their amusement. We left the shark behind and made our way back through the mangroves for a well deserved lunch, along the way we picked up 15 mangrove mussels the size of my hand and went back to cook it all up. Over lunch I heard the dreaming stories of their people and they spoke of how the traditional customs still have such relevance today. I bid them farewell and continued North.
We are volunteering in the rain forest for the next 2 days, planting trees and removing noxious weed that is threatening the local flora. Thursday I leave here for Cairns and then fly to Melbourne to speak for PricewaterhouseCoopers at a luncheon on Friday. I’ll be in Melbourne over the weekend as I am speaking at the convention center on Monday at the Step to the Future youth forum. Tuesday ill be back in Sydney and later in the week I’m again speaking for PricewaterhouseCoopers and then for the Australian Israel Chamber of Commerce before heading back to Victoria for a few more speaking engagements.