A January 2003 trip
to Queensland by clarkie
Quote: A little piece of largely unspoiled paradise can be found in and around Cairns and Port Douglas and you can experience so much. Diving, deep sea fishing, coral reefs, white water rafting, heritage listed rain forests, our beloved golf, sensational outdoor bars and restaurants, beaches, walks and shopping.
Staying in Cairns we filled every moment with sun, fun and exploring heritage-listed rain forests along the magnificent Marlin Coast. We stayed at the Tropical Queenslander just 5 minutes drive from the marina where all of the cruises depart. Our motel had a pool, spa and barbecue so we often cooked steaks drinking a bottle of great Aussie Chardonnay or Shiraz and swam in the velvet soft warm pool. We golfed, cruised, walked and explored Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Trinity Beach, Kuranda and Mosman Gorge.
Day 2 we went by Quicksilver cruises to Port Douglas to golf at the Sheraton Mirage, lunch at the resort, swim, then checkout the bars at the Port before cruising back into the sunset -- perfect.
Day 3 we drove to Mosman Gorge (65k) and did a 3 k walk through the rainforest, then swam in the gorge, then drove to Palm Cove for lunch.
Day 4 we drove up the mountain to Kuranda Village then played golf at Paradise Palms at the base of the mountain and in the evening had a tray of fish and chips and a bottle of Chardonnay on the boardwalk at Cairns.
There are day and night markets to wander around and shopping at all levels of budget is available. There is a lot of local art, pottery and crafts on sale. There are many tour companies offering bus, catamarans, and rail and cable car tours.
The menu is traditional seafood. We shared a dozen oysters. I ordered blackened coral trout -- heavenly -- and he ordered a freshly caught mud crab in chilli and ginger sauce -- what a feast!! Fully licenced with a small but well- selected winelist, a bottle of Petaluma Chardonnay was a perfect accompaniment. On the bottom of the menu, is written "Dining without a glass of wine is like rising on a day a day where the sun does not rise." For dessert we shared a typical Aussie Pavlova, expresso with Tia Maria and Cream.
Tony and his staff are very good and attentive. There was a slight slowness in service which we felt could have been resolved with additional staff. There was a queue of at least 6-8 people waiting for a table, constantly changing for the 3 hours we dined there. Patrons were from all countries of the world, especailly Asian, English and American.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 3, 2003
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 3, 2003
Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas
Port Douglas, Queensland QLD 4877
+61 7 5591 1488