Reflections of a Learning Journey and the Connections made along the way

Port Douglas

Our beautiful holiday in Port Douglas started on 2nd October 2014. Eric and I were up at 3:30am to catch 6:00am flight and landed at Cairns Airport at 9:20am to a beautiful warm day with temperature at 28 degrees.

Jeanette was our bus driver for the trip to Port Douglas. Our accommodation was at Oaks Lagoon Resort. The room was beautiful – very spacious, overlooking the pool.

We had lunch at Ramada Tree restaurant which was in the motel next door.   After catching the bus into town to do some shopping we went for walk to the beach. The ocean felt amazingly warm. After our walk we went for a swim in the beautiful pool at our motel.

On our second day we had a buffet breakfast at Ramada and then caught the bus to the Marina. We had coffee and cake overlooking the Marina. Did a bit of shopping and then header back for a swim at the Beach.  We then went for tapas and cocktails at the Beach Shark Bar and Grill. Eric had French martini and I had a mango daiquiri. Tapas was mushroom arancini balls and pork belly.

Next day we caught the bus to the Marina for lunch at the Inlet seafood restaurant. Lovely tempura seafood with views over the ocean. More shopping and then went back to the court house hotel for a drink. That evening we took a sunset cruise onboard the Lady Douglas up the inlet. We saw a crocodile lazing in the mangroves and also a beautiful sea eagle which followed the boat to be fed a salmon frame.

We got up early the next day to go to the market and have breaky.  After a rest back at our motel we were picked up for our Mossman Gorge and Daintree tour.  Kim was our guide.  We went on a cruise on the Daintree River first where we saw 7 crocodiles ranging from a tiny little one less than a metre long to Scar Face who is thought to be about 50 years old and nearly 5 metres long.  Then we boarded the bus again for the trip to Mossman Gorge. We had Afternoon tea at the Mossman Visitor Information Centre managed by the indigenous people.  Then we had our first look at the rain forest.  There are apparently no eucalypts apparently but 100’s of other plant species.  We went for a swim at Mossman Gorge in the clearest water I have ever seen.  We took photo of the many fish swimming around with us. It was beautiful but very cold – only about 17 degrees.

On our last day, the Quicksilver coach picked us up at 9:30 to take us to the Marina for our snorkeling tour of Agincourt Reef.  It was a really big tour with about 300 people on the boat.  Eric went in the submersible and I went snorkelling.


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