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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Port Douglas June 30th 2011

It was raining intermittently through the morning. Since we have five full days in the area, we had decided to relax today and formulate a plan for the remainder of our stay. After checking with our hotel's tour desk, we walked along the beach into Port Douglas. There are fairly ominous warning signs on the way to the beach. These warn of salt water crocodiles and "stingers" (jellyfish). Although the jellyfish are not in season, there still were containers with bottles of vinegar to alleviate their stings. In the summer months, they actually net off swimming areas and recommend protective suits as defense from these seriously dangerous creatures (the jellys not the crocs...doubt there would be a suit to protect you from the crocs). We did get back in time to enjoy the resorts salt water ... read more
Two thumgs up and one peace sign for the pool!
Ivy lost her last baby tooth

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Port Douglas May 8th 2011

I was so excited that only a 6 year-old late on Christmas Eve can understand how I felt. I had been excited for six months, since a traveller met in Fiji placed randomly in the conversation that in some states, koalas are on patting duty to be held! I have, however, had to internalise my excitement as no one in Australia seems to understand the emotion. In fact, only my dear Matthew knew that the silence on the long, windy, so-badly-signposted road up to Kuranda Koala Gardens was in fact the unreasoned fear that something may go wrong between the few minutes separating me from that long awaited, much strived for, koala grail. You have to know that not only do just two states allow koala holding but also that this is a very regimented activity. ... read more
Juanita
Juanita
Juanita

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Port Douglas May 6th 2011

So, Tiger Airways. Tiger Airways are the newest, most controversial budget airline in Australia (of which there is a surprising lack. The common argument is that Australia simply does not have the population to support a network of low-cost carriers. See below). Similar to Ryanair in operandi, it appears their chief difference is that Ryanair is infamous for late flights, Tiger are infamous for cancelling flights. The conspiracy theory is; if your flight is unpopular one day, i.e. not near full, then it is not economically viable for Tiger to fly the plane. So they invent a reason for the cancellation and push as many plebs onto the next plane as they can. If they can. You can see where this is going, can’t you? Our flight was leaving Melbourne at 10pm, arriving Cairns at 1.30am. ... read more
Blue Ulysses butterfly
Port Douglas coast line
The Coral Sea

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Port Douglas April 7th 2011

After NZ, we stopped back thru Australia on our way back to Asia. We had originally planned on spending 2 months traveling around the country, but inflation and the extreme cost it takes to stay in Australia on a budget forced us to only see the things we were dying to see, and then move on. Thus, we spent 3 days hanging around Manly Beach, and then 3 days in the heart of Sydney checking out the beaches, the city sites, and the nightlife. We then flew up to Queensland and spent my 30th birthday in Trinity Beach before ending our quick Aussie rounds in Port Douglas and the Great Barrier Reef. On my birthday, we opened up my bottle of Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir I had been hoarding since Blenheim in NZ, and Matt put ... read more
Manly Beach
Manly Beach
Manly Beach

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Port Douglas March 8th 2011

We're back! And after 12 days of work, we're glad to be. By the end of the trip we couldn't wait to get back to travelling, meeting new people and seeing new sights. WWOOFing was definitely an experience we'll never forget, but let's just say we're glad it's over. We did manage to see some sunshine out in the bush though, the weather cleared up for a few days and the heat was a nice change. On the second last night in five star camping we were awakened by Amy around 4am, "wanna see a snake!?" groggy eyed in disbelief we stumbled out of our bunks to see Amy holding a 3 meter python by the neck. She'd heard the animals going crazy, chickens screaming, cats hissing, dogs barking, and a parrot yelling "SHUT UP!" and ... read more
Hillary
Kittens!
Red Ted

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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Port Douglas February 28th 2011

WWOOF! (Willing Workers on Organic Farms) So Hillary and I have officially left civilization - we're in the bush. We arrived at Port Douglas, population less than 300, in the early AM on wednesday the 23rd. It was hot, humid, and sticky. We were picked up by Suzie and her girls and taken up a winding road through beautiful, lush, tropical mountainside to their farm, the Black Mountain Hideaway. As Suzie says, it's "five star camping" up here. We live with 26 horses, 4 cows, 9 going on 40 cats (they breed constantly), 7 dogs (Blue Dog, Red Ted, Max, Tiki, Dot, Pearl, Mini, potentially more..), a million chooks (chickens), occasional bats, free flying parrots (Carlos the green one has taken a liking to Hillary), plenty of spiders, and butterflies the size of birds.. oh yeah ... read more
Suzie
The bunk room
The kitchen

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Port Douglas February 27th 2011

This morning was once again rain. You think we'd be used to it by now! Oh well, we headed down to the Port Douglas markets. Unfortunately because of the rain lots of stalls decided not to set up. There were still a few there to have a look at. Saw some pretty cool things. One man was there making sugar cane juice because there is sooooo much sugar cane in this area and down the east coast. Mom ended up buying herself a little something from one stall that uses wood from the rainforest. Well, it started to really pour and we didn't bring our umbrellas so I threw my rain jacket on and made a mad dash for the car to get the umbrellas for mom and dad. Dad ended up buying a boomerang from ... read more
sugar cane juice man
at the market
at the lookout

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Port Douglas February 26th 2011

It is still raining!. We had breakfast in the hotel restaurant (with part of the floor flooded!) and decide to take a walk into town, just a few minutes from the hotel.We walked down the main street, it becomes obvious that we are visiting Port Douglas out of season. We go to look at the beach (Four mile beach). The seawater is a brown colour not the blue that we been used to, and there is a lot of vegetation flotsam and jetsam on the beach. We are not sure if this is the result of the recent cyclone. There is a notice warning of stingers, jellyfish and crocodiles that makes a visit to the beach far from inviting!. It is still raining! We returned to the hotel and ate lunch there.The hotel does not have ... read more
Fancy a dip?
View from Hotel Balcony
Hotel Pool with a beach!

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Port Douglas February 26th 2011

Woke up to even more rain! Diane decided to catch up on her washing and went to the sister hotel to use the laundrette We then went into town to get a late breakfast and have another look around. We ate breakfast at the Coffee Grind on the main street. Just as we left the cafe the rain came on even heavier, we had to shelter for some time before we could move on. We did a bit of shopping and I investigated the location of a restaurant that I am thinking of visiting for dinner this evening. We then went back to the hotel and waited for a break in the weather, that never really came. I was told that our trip to the Kuranda Scenic Railway will not happen on Sunday due to the ... read more
View from the Tin Shed deck
Same view as the rain closes in

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Port Douglas February 26th 2011

Its raining again Sunday - day of rest We went to get our laundry dry before we move on to Hamilton Island early tomorrow morning. We then went into town to do a little shopping and visit the Port Douglas Sunday Market, it is mainly local produce and very little as regards souvenirs etc. We have skipped breakfast and we decide to take an early lunch at the old Court House. We then got the Sunday paper, mags and some munchies and went back to the hotel for a snooze and "slob-out" and watch some TV movies. We are getting tired of the persistent rain now. We have walked through so much water that we are starting to develop webs between our toes. With all the water about the mosquitoes are also making a comeback and ... read more
Port Douglas Market
Incredible tree root system




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