#65 Meet a Cassowary in Mission Beach, Australia: 100 Family Travel Experiences

#65 Meet a Cassowary in Mission Beach, Australia:

I had never even heard of a cassowary until we landed in Mission Beach, Australia. The signs were all over the place telling us to slow down or we’d hit them. The local guidebook told us to be careful when walking if you happen upon one as they are listed as the “most dangerous bird in the world”. Standing at about 5 feet tall, with a blue head, a huge protruding horn-like crest on top and giant claws makes them they resemble something out of a Road Dahl book rather than an actual living creature. But they are real and you will see them walking along the side of the road in and around Mission Beach. They are beautiful and frightening.

Mission Beach is a quiet, beautiful town. We made great friends there. Learned to fish for baramundi, went diving on the Great Barrier reef and enjoyed the quiet life of Northern Queensland. The Cassowaries are just a part of what makes this this little area so special.

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