Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Travel tales

Our short break in Port Douglas was lovely. For my non-Aussie readers, Port Douglas is a tropical seaside town that promotes itself as the only place where two world heritage listed attractions meet. Those would be the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree rainforest.

The weather was a little cooler than normal for May, but quite warm enough for a couple of Melbournians escaping our own wet and chilly conditions. We may not have had a chance to swim, but when it's warm enough to wear shorts or summer dresses, I'm happy.

Here's a brief pictorial summary of our weekend:

Breakfast daily on the balcony of our apartment. I could get used to this view!
Exploring around town: Old sugar wharf at the entrance to the inlet

St Mary's by the sea
Four mile beach viewed from the lookout above the town. 

While we were having coffee on the marina, Bike Boy spotted this prawn trawler selling their catch....

....and the deal was done. Lunch!

It may have been cloudy, but the view across the inlet whilst sipping a pre-dinner cocktail was just fine anyway. 

Of course there was food. We stopped for some tropical fruit flavoured ice cream on a tour of the Daintree.

Overcast and a bit drizzly, but still spectacular - Cape Tribulation

These baby saltwater crocs on the Daintree River are almost cute but I don't fancy meeting them when they're fully grown.

The sun shone on our last day, so that called for lunch in the park with a view of the Coral Sea.
We both wish we'd been able to stay bit longer, but we're grateful for the chance to get away at all. Luckily we've both seen the Reef before, as there really wasn't time to cram that in as well as a rainforest tour. Besides, we're wary of trying to do too much on short breaks - the idea is to relax, after all.

Now it's back to reality... although I'm busy researching accommodation for our next holiday in September. Planning our trip to Malaysia and Vietnam should keep me going through the next three cold and miserable months.



Debbish said...

Oh Kerryn the photos are gorgeous. I'd checked the weather while you were there and it talked about heavy rain in the north so I was worried but it looks lovely.

I'm glad you had a nice break.


Kek said...

Thanks wasn't perfect weather, but we didn't mind. As long as it's not cold, I'm content. :)

Amy said...

Oh that Daintree ice cream is amazing! What's the spotty one? I know I had it and loved it but can't remember the flavour!

Those crocs are so cute :)

Kek said...

That was wattleseed, Amy. My favourite was the yellow sapote. :)

Charlotte Orr said...

Hi Kek, did you like your accommodation? If so, would you mind sharing where you stayed? We are thinking of going to either Palm Cove or Port Douglas at the end of June. Cheers, Charlotte

Kek said...

Hi Charlotte - we stayed at one of the Mantra properties (they have 5 in Port Douglas). Our choice was the Heritage, which was great. We had a one-bedroom suite, which suited us well, as we like to self-cater for breakfast & lunch. The best thing about it is the location - it has entrances on Macrossan St and Warner St, so you're close to everything: shops, restaurants, marina, park.

The reception staff were a bit hit and miss when it came to service, but apart from checking in and out we really didn't need them, so no big deal. I'd stay there again, no problem at all.

Sandra said...

Thanks for the memories...we had a week in Port Douglas last year which included our three day annual conference. The welcoming function was cocktails at the Sugar Wharf and our gala dinner and awards presentation was under a marquee in the Daintrees, beautifully done, with candle light lining our path to the dance floor...oh happy times :)

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