A little less than a week into my Australian sojourn, I saw my first rain forest. A rain forest is a forest that not only gets a lot of rain but that has no dry season. In Australia, there are three types of rain forest: tropical, semi-tropical, and temperate. The temperate rain forest occurs in Tasmania, which is one of only two places in the world it does occur, the other being the Pacific Northwest of the U.S.
Queensland has both tropical and semi-tropical rain forest. Australia’s tropical rain forest occurs north of the Tropic of Capricorn, so it was the semi-tropical sort that I encountered in the mountains outside Brisbane. Of course, I didn’t know all this about rain forests at the time. I just went because it sounded like a cool thing to do—see a rain forest. It turned out to be more than that, of course. That first rain forest visit seems to me now to have been where I started to change.
As we hiked down Mt. Tamborine, making our way through the rich greenery, we encountered many of the waterfalls that are so characteristic of the rain forest. The one below is known as Curtis Falls.