Its two years to the month since we were last at Port Douglas and due to its attraction we decided to revisit this wonderful place.
Thank God we left home two hours before our flight was to leave Melbourne due to the difficulty experienced in finding a car park in the new and extended Melbourne Airport car park facility.
It was cool when we left home and wonderfully warm on arriving at Cairns airport where we had some lunch then collected our hire car. We had an enjoyable trip to our destination with beautiful scenery and minimal traffic compared to our Melbourne highways.
We headed straight to the shopping mall in Port Douglas for supplies then onto our accommodation at “A Tropical Nights” resort that was a fully fitted out two-story town house complete with a swimming pool and only a five-minute walk to the stunning four mile beach.
Always wanting to explore/experience new and different places our first outing was to the” Agincourt Reef” situated on the Outer Barrier Reef some 75 km from the Marina at Port Douglas.
The journey on the massive Quicksilver Catamaran to the pontoon travelling at a constant 35 knots was incredibly smooth and we were well catered for with a lovely morning tea that further enhanced the experience.
After approximately 1-1/2 hour we reached the permanently(fixed to the sea floor) pontoon where we alighted and had a marvelous lunch and from there we took to the semi submersible craft and viewed the reef from below sea level.Bron being a tad more adventurous than me donned the snorkelling gear and took to the water for a more personalised underwater experience.
Next on our to-do list was a day trip down to Babinda about 180 km from Port Douglas to see “The Boulders“that were situated in possibly the most beautiful flora and fauna reserve I have ever seen.
The boulders are the result of Volcanic action most probably millions of years ago and now having a fast flowing clear freshwater stream meandering through them, but before the water meets the rocks a beautiful large lake only a metre or so deep was a sight to behold.
Later that day we continued further along our journey towards Innisfall where our next point of call was the incredible and an absolute must see enchanting “Paronella Park” located in the rainforest.
This place came about as a result of a young Spanish man’s dream that led him to Australia early last century and he had a desire to have his own castle,so after working as a sugar cane cutter ,property developer and numerous other jobs for many years saved enough to buy land and started building his castle/s as a labour of love!
Fire ravaged his dream and the present owners are hopeful of restoring it to its original glory.
Apart from walking the beach each day and going out for lunch and dinner most days our final outing was the “Flames of the Forest” dinner.We were collected from our Town House about 6:00 pm by bus and taken into the depths of the Rain Forest to a point where a wall of flames heralded we had reached our destination.
Ourselves along with approximately 30 other couples then walked through the night-time forest only lit by lanterns along the edge of the pathway until we came to a point where the trees and surrounding bush were covered in coloured lighting that gave a spectacular view to where we were going to be dining for the night under a Marque size covering without walls.
We dined on Kangaroo (YUK), Crocodile(not as bad),lamb and a number of other delightful delicacies and being accompanied by an accomplished singer with an acoustic guitar.
All in all our trip was great and can’t be fully captured,however if you have yet to visit Port Douglas be sure it’s on your Bucket List.
7 thoughts on “Port Douglas: Mark 2. October 2015.”
Well done Ron & Bron
Sensational pics and story line.
Like you, we love Port Douglas, and have also enjoyed the highlights you mention, but on different trips not always from Port Douglas as the base. I have detailed our experiences of those in previous blogs except the reef trip which we did many years ago. In those days I was even more adventurous, and tackled scuba diving on the reef, a true highlight of our stay at “Beaches”.
I may still be able to “help you” in to a 4WD and serious Camper yet……MATE
Cheers from BasOMNI in Evans Head
Well done Bundoora Boyand Girl! Brought back memories fo the time Lorraine and I spent there………..rampo
Yes Bas,a most beautiful paradise and yes I will humbly accept the 4WD and camper as a Christmas present. Enjoy your trip.Cheers Ron
Lovely pictures and narrative Ron, looks like you had a great experience – I think you’re fast becoming one of the blog’s top travel writers. The last time we were in Port Douglas was in 1975 – and it wasn’t anything like it is today!
Sorry you didn’t like the kangaroo – maybe they didn’t cook it properly???
Ron, a great story and good pics, really loved the old castle, looks spooky. It makes me want to move a trip to Pt Douglas up in the bucket list, good one
Good story and pics Ron. You should have included your swimming pool pic 🙂
Let’s not mention that picture again. LOL 🙂