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July 17, 2002
Port Douglas, about 60 kilometers north of Cairns, has a permanent population of only about 3000. Coconut and palm trees surround Four Mile Beach, near Trinity Bay. My sharpest memory of the beach comes from the little sand crabs burrowed deep into the sand. These critters form tunnels by digging up little balls of sand. The tiny sand balls create beautiful monochromatic patterns on the beach, with a style not far off from dotted Aboriginal artworks. The sand crabs are like natural Seurats with their unusual version of sand pointillism.
The town of Port Douglas has a sleepy, small-town quality to it with a modern spin. There are plenty of t-shirt shops, grocery stores, coffee houses, internet cafes, ice cream parlors, etc. There is supposedly an unwritten ordinance limiting the heights of buildings to that of the typical coconut tree, so this should limit uncontrolled growth in town.
From journal Bill in Australia - CAIRNS and QUEENSLAND
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
January 4, 2002
From journal A Budget Guide to Far North Queensland