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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Port Douglas June 13th 2019

Forecast!!!! Cloudy, winds from 10k to 100k and the possibility of some showers. Oh No! But, Yes, for the 11days I spent with Warwick driving from Cairns to Cooktown and back, this was the daily outlook. As with all forecasters they did get most of it right but quite a bit was wrong. We didn't really get any rain apart from a couple of showers that didn't affect our plans. We did see quite a bit of sunlight, but nowhere near enough to satisfy our wants. We did get wind, some gentle, some strong enough to dull the mood. While in Cooktown we had some gusts strong enough to necessitate adopting the 45degree walking style. Did we enjoy ourselves? Oh Yes!!. I loved the whole time. For me, seeing this part of Australia for the first ... read more
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A Tree Hugger.
The Closest I Got.

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Port Douglas April 19th 2019

" Once you have travelled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey." Pat Conroy Travel involves time. In Australia allow for LOTS of time. It’s a very BIG country and to prove the point, here are some boring statistics. It is a country of 7.69 million square kms. That’s just a number but herein lies the relevance. SA boasts an area of 1.22 million square kms which means that Oz is 6 times bigger than our little piece of turf. So, what’s the point you may ask? Our flight from Perth at midnight took just over five hours to get us to Brisbane. A distance of 4315 kms. The upshot of this was that we were stuffed by ... read more
Wildlife Habitat
Wildlife habitat
Daintree wetlands

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Port Douglas July 22nd 2018

There isn't really any birding to do in the area immediately around the accommodation and my family doesn't exactly get up early so we weren't out until half the day had gone at 10:30. This is what makes travelling on your own so much better, except of course I wouldn't be able to do this without a car. So they wanted to use what was left of the evening to visit Port Douglas which is a nearby town and I decided that the best thing for me to do would be to be dropped off at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas on the way in which is just on the edge of town. This is a zoo in case their obscure name doesn't make that clear. I would also like to note at this point that all ... read more
Black-necked Stork on Nest
Banded Lapwing
Northern Nailtail Wallaby

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Port Douglas July 27th 2017

The boys have made it out diving on the reef..sharks and sting rays and a million beautiful fishes to see.. Hope we don't destroy this amazing place..... read more
Our dive boat..shame we havent got any under water photos..
Agincourt Reef off of Port Douglas

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Port Douglas May 31st 2017

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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Port Douglas February 6th 2017

Today we were scheduled to explore the Daintree Rainforest which adjoins Port Douglas and is 100 million years old. But, due to the heavy torrential rains we were experiencing, several of us decided to travel to the city of Port Douglas, walk around this upperclass city and find a local pub to watch the Super Bowl. It was a very pleasant day and a relief from the go-go schedule we were on every day. The group was equally split between the Patriots and the Falcons, with those from the Northeast happy with the result, but all of us happy to have been together. Tomorrow we fly to Sydney for our last few days in Australia. Then, on to New Zealand.... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Port Douglas February 5th 2017

Today we awoke to torrential rains. Cains/Port Douglas is located on the edge of a rain forest, so it should not be surprising when there is rain. But, this is the only time in my life to see the Great Barrier Reef, and I was certainly disappointed to see the rain. But, rain or not, I was here to see, and hopefully snorkel at the the world’s largest living organism, and one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World. We traveled on a relatively large large ship 40km out into the ocean. My concerns grew as I realized that the ship was packed, mostly due to the effect of tourists celebrating Chinese New Year which began a week before. Hardly a seat in the place. I could not imagine all of these people trying to ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Port Douglas August 12th 2016

Geo: -16.4838, 145.467We were up early to get everything packed because as soon as we got back from our day trip to the Great Barrier Reef we needed to set off straight away for Cairns in order to return the car, get it checked over and get to the airport in time for the only flight back to Brisbane that evening. The journey time from Port Douglas to the car hire drop off is 1½ hrs so allowing for 1hr for having the vehicle checked any traffic problems and the trip from the car hire to the airport we should make it with 1/2 an hr to spare before the gate closes on the last flight out, tight I know but I'm reasonably confident we can make it. Our day trip is aboard Quicksilver's wave piercing ... read more
The Reef Marina Port Douglas
The Reef Marina Port Douglas
Our catamaran Quicksilver 5

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Port Douglas August 11th 2016

Geo: -16.4958, 145.467Thursday, August 11, 2016 We dropped the minibus off at Andrew parking and were driven to the airport for the 2hr flight to Cairns where we picked up a Toyota Camery ( 2 happy drivers now) the car came with complementary Garmin sat nav I've always had TomTom units but had heard good reports of Garmin's units so it'd be interesting to be able to compare the two units. We drove up to Port Douglas stopping off at a McDonald's on the way as there was no food served on the plane flying up. We soon discovered that again the sat nav maps were over a year old (not good) but more worrying was the fact that there seem to be a terrible delay between the maps syncing with our position so that turnings ... read more
Flames of the Forest Aboriginal Experience
Flames of the Forest Aboriginal Experience
Flames of the Forest Aboriginal Experience

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Port Douglas July 8th 2016

Cairns to Port Douglas The travel from Cairns to Port Douglas only a relatively short distance, however we stopped and sight see'd along the way. Departing at 0908hrs, odometer 95233, temperature 15 degrees celsius. Our first sea side stop was Yorkeys Knob a place that we had stayed on a previous visit to Cairns. Yorkeys Knob is a northern suburb of Cairns. It is approximately 13 kilometres north of the centre of Cairns city. We took fuel here at 1.27 cents per litre. Next we travelled to Palm Cove a very popular holiday destination. Here we walked the Jetty and at lunch at a sea side restaurant. On the road again we reached the Big 4 caravan park at Glengarry, south of Port Douglas. The kids checking out the water park with slide into the pool ... read more
Yorkeys Knob Beach
A sky Divers view of the beach between Cairns and Port Douglas
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