Blogs from Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia, Oceania - page 8


Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Port Douglas September 5th 2011

It's hard to believe that I have been in Port Douglas for 3 weeks now. The weeks have flown by as I have been entertained by this town I love so much. With rainforest surrounding this region, lush greenery everywhere and warm, sunny and even humid days, these are just some of the reasons my heart beats differently here than anywhere else I've ever been. To easily fill in my time here I have been spending it with friends, namely Sam and Eug and their two beautiful kids Eva and Coen, up here on holiday from Melbourne. Each day for a week I found myself at their hotel, by the pool or lazily lounging around the balcony, eating and often kicking back with a gin and tonic in hand. One night I babysat the kids, without ... read more
Port Douglas
Port Douglas
Port Douglas

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Port Douglas September 2nd 2011

News Flash: (11th September) Sarah is driving Ramraider this weekend at Santa Pod, Northamptonshire in the European Drag Racing Finals. On the first of two qualifying days she was the top qualifier in her class with the top re-action time of 0.0002 second - good on you, Sarah!! We hope you and the gang enjoyed the weekend. Obviously we are a little behind with our blogs but we’re trying to catch up – there’s just too much to see out there! A quick hi to Amy in Melbourne. Amy’s birthday was on the 2nd September so we hope she had a fantastic day! Alas, Friday 2nd September didn’t look too promising. It was overcast, a bit windy and rain had clearly fallen at some stage during the night. We had decided that we would only stay ... read more
On the road to Daintree - the sugar cane harvesting carries on
Another boat getting close to the female croc
Female croc just about to slide into the water

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Port Douglas September 1st 2011

Wednesday 31st – today we were moving on but only the short distance of about 53 kms to Port Douglas (in fact it is the second shortest journey we have done towing the caravan). We were ready to leave by 8.30 so we had a last walk along the riverbank – it was serenely beautiful and very quiet. We set off at about 9.15 and almost immediately hit busy traffic - a combination of a nearby school and the large ‘Smithfield’ shopping centre. The caravan park we had just left is on the north side of Cairns so once through that section we were soon out on to the coast road. Although a bit quieter there were lots of sharp bends and of course the usual roadworks so Graham couldn’t relax too much. Some of the ... read more
Rocky part of the coastline but still a lovely spot for our tea-break
Dark clouds loom ahead but the scenery is still stunning
View from the 'Rex' Lookout

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Port Douglas August 19th 2011

How things change as time rolls adventures are starting to look and feel a little different now. After the non-adventure of Lucinda I rolled into Mission Beach and was pleasantly surprised to find a town that had what I was looking for. Sunshine, warmth, cafes and a vibe that suggested happy times are coming. To add to this, was a very long flat stretch of sand for me to begin my new exercise regime after packing on the pounds that follows many travellers as they eat their way through each destination. The sad thing about Mission is that it has been ravaged by the cyclone in February and what is left is a town struggling with tourism, not to mention ecological damages that is said will take 15 years to rectify. Worse is Dunk and ... read more
Mission Beach

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Port Douglas August 15th 2011

Port Douglas is a fab place - I love it! Yesterday we went doen to the marina and bought a kilo of fresh, cooked prawns from a vishing boat - huge ones! Then sat and peeled them all on the harbour front and ate them for lunch - :D The market was on too yesterday and what a great market - flul of local crafts and massages, tarot readigs, etc - stuff you don't see in UK. We had a coconut each - drank it first, then they cut it in half and we ate the flech with a spoon - accompanied by a sugar cane juice with lime and ginger. There are loads of sugar plantations around here - big exporter of sugar. Also lots of tea - Daintree tea is lovely. Sunset was great ... read more

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

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
Red Ted

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