Blogs from Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia, Oceania - page 2

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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Port Douglas October 22nd 2013

Woke to a dreary morning at Double Island and sailed off the anchor at about 8:30 in light winds. In fact as the winds fluctuated and lulled it became quite frustrating as it would leave us with sails flapping, and I cursed the wind gods. Fortunately after about an hour the wind picked up to about 10 knots and the clouds slowly cleared. This had us sailing north at about 3.5 to 4 knots, not very fast but very pleasant and at around 3pm we came around the west side of the Low Isles in bright sunshine. This was good timing as the large day-trip tour boats were just leaving. The Low Isles are made up a mangrove wooded flat island and also a picture perfect coral quay complete with idyllic red and white lighthouse. The ... read more
Naomi reads up on the Low Isles
On Low Isle
On Woody Isle

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Port Douglas September 4th 2013

Stopes ??? Chimneys, Adits, scree and a cemetery and a two foot gauge railway. Woke up and started to pack up, have brekky and get ready for our day and our eventual arrival at my brother Brian and his wife Vicki's home at Trinity Beach just north of Cairns. ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Port Douglas June 23rd 2013

Dickie beach - our first stop on our queensland adventure! We arrived a few days before the parentals and settled nicely into our first campsite. Every morning we were awoken by the dawn chorus of what would appear to be a thousand turkeys, kookaburras and some sort of crow! This was usually 5 or 6 in the morning! Happy camping (thumbs up camping friends). The weather was a bit drizzly but this didnt stop us heading to the beach of course and finding lots of sea slugs in a rock pool! I had to dare Jonny to touch one, only to be told later they are quite poisonous - oopsie!! (Jonny is still alive for those wondering). We also had a nightly visit from a friendly possum - happy to eat carrot out of Jana's hand! ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Port Douglas April 13th 2013

Testing, first time!! Port Douglas was a sunny gorgeous little town in Tropical North Queensland. With a main street lined with plenty of botique shops and a large selection of restaurants it makes for a lively little town. We decided to take out some pontoon boats amongst the crocodiles that decided to remain anonymous but was still a lot of fun and we ended up catching tea. The Quicksilver diving on the great barrier reef was amazing once i finally got up the courage to get in open water! made for a great day out. Brent and I had a fantastic time and would love to back in about 5 years time.... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Port Douglas March 30th 2013

We flew into Cairns and made our way up to Port Douglas where we spent the next four nights. The climate was noticeably more humid in this tropical region and the weather constantly fluctuated between rain and sun, but remained very hot throughout. We arrived around 9pm, so had to wander down the road in the dark to find a convenience store to buy dinner. On the way there, there were numerous rustles coming from the bushes which kept making Mark jump into Hazel's arms in a cartoon fashion. We saw a few toads, but nothing more theatening and were glad of the Shell torch Joanna had donated to light the way. We discovered later, whilst on our Daintree tour, that Crocodiles are actually rare in the town and that the nocturnal snakes are likely to ... read more
Cape Tribulation - can you tell what it is yet
Daintree River - one year old croc
Cape Tribulation - best photo of the wild Cassowary

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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Port Douglas March 27th 2013

After a humid night of torrential rain interspersed with the sound of surf crashing on the beach, we woke to a partially sunny day at had the traditional Aussie brekkie and decided to go up the coast to Port Douglas. After a quick wander near the restored Old Courthouse, In a hot 30 degrees we wandered up the steep hill to Flagstaff Hill lookout and was dripping by the time we reached it. We were ready for a drink and a snack. We came across the same grill chain Rattle and Hum as in Cairns so shared a pizza and cola. Then wandered round the stunning Four Mile beach with its sand bubbler crab trails and patterns, then back along the Esplanade. By 14:00 it was time for coffee (no cake this time) then a bit ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Port Douglas March 23rd 2013

Late night arrival from Darwin to Cairns, and an hour drive from Cairns to Port Douglas. Had a four night stay in Port Douglas, and really enjoyed it. Lovely tropical weather, and easy access by boat to the amazing Great Barrier Reef. We had to wear lycra suits to snorkle in to avoid jellyfish stings. I have tried to limit the number of snorkling pictures from the hundreds we took - the coral and fish were really amazing, as fantastic as everyone says. Went to see more cute wildlife locally. Flew from Cairns to Brisbane on Friday for a three night stop before heading back to Sydney from where we go back to UK....... read more
Koala
Wallaby with Joey in pouch
Hand feeding wallaby

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Port Douglas January 30th 2013

We seem to be on the track for smaller planes as when we board the plane at the Hamilton Island airport for Cairns, we notice these big long spokes hanging off the engine - it's a Bombadier prop jet. The flight up the Queensland coast is gorgeous and the benefit of the plane is that it flies at a lower altitude so we can see the reefs poking up through the aquamarine sea below us. We had chatted with a Qantas flight attendant aboard the hop on hop off bus in Singapore and he recommended window seats on the left side of the plane so, taking his advice, we had a breathtaking flight. All this in preparation for our next breathtaking experience - driving on the other side of the road. The very nice Aussie at ... read more
Leona and Bob
Frangipani B&B
Boyd's Forest Dragon

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Port Douglas January 8th 2013

Today was the day of decisions! Firstly we booked ourselves a car for the next 10 days, to take us down to Brisbane. After some serious calculations versus the Greyhound, it works out cheaper to hire a car (when there are two of you). We then headed to reef information to book ourselves a trip aboard the boat Tusa 6 on Thursday with 3 SCUBA dives on the Great Barrier Reef. Having picked up our Hyundai i20 (Vernon, he's quite a bit bigger than you are, so I won't be making the switch once I get home!) we headed up north to Port Douglas. This is a pretty little town with a 4-mile beach, unfortunately the box jelly fish mean that you have to swim in a 'stinger net' which is about 40 metres wide, not ... read more
Hostel in Port Douglas
Minor things to consider...
4-mile beach

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Port Douglas December 26th 2012

Where to begin this post now? Lets see... from the last post in early December, I was on and off at work; December was a quieter month than usual (although right after X-Mas, it picked up again). It was good to have days off and just chill, especially on the hot, humid tropical weather of Far North Queensland. The last month I spent in Port Douglas was quiet in terms of going out and it was pretty much a collection of random hangouts at friend's houses, so I guess that's what I'll write about. One night I was invited to Tahn's house (a guy who I worked with on Poseidon Reef Cruises) for a poker night - boys night out, no girlfriends that day - There was Tom, Charles, Chad, Nick and Dave. I had only ... read more
Cuttlefish
Home made Chilean X-Mas drink
The "Colemono" artisan




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