Port Douglas Journals

Great Barrier Reef at Port Douglas

An April 2005 trip to Port Douglas by JHamilton

The Queenslander Photo, Port Douglas, Australia More Photos
Quote: What sites do two middle-aged Americans visit when they have only 5 days in the Great Barrier Reef at Port Douglas on their first trip to Australia? We opted for sites that captured the essence of the rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef.
The Queenslander Photo, Port Douglas, Australia
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Rental apartments - cheery decor, airy, neat, and clean. Kitchen, living/dining area, bedroom(s), balcony, and laundry in each unit. Nice pool, grounds, and public areas. Slightly off the main street but centrally located, within an easy walk to Mirage Marina and downtown area. There are hotels on 3 sides and an athletic field complex across the street. It was a quiet neighborhood without much street noise or noise from neighbors. We could sleep with our windows open to enjoy the breezes.

The caretakers, Barry and Patricia, were very helpful in recommending and arranging sightseeing trips, as well as arranging transportation to and from the airport in Cairns.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 6, 2005

The Queenslander
10 Mudlo Street
Port Douglas, Australia
61 (0)7 4099 5199

Quicksilver Agincourt Reef

Attraction | "Snorkeling Agincourt Reef with Quicksilver"

Quicksilver Agincourt Reef Photo, Port Douglas, Australia
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Due to high winds that resulted in rough seas during our stay, we chose to book our snorkeling excursion on the very large boat operated by Quicksilver. During the ride to the reef, they presented educational videos so that we were prepared for our day, as well as provided free munchies or all sorts of food or merchandise for sale. The boat docked into large a permanent platform on the reef that contained bathrooms, changing areas, viewing areas, eating area, and lounges. The day's scheudle provided time to snorkel, eat at their buffet, ride the glass-bottomed boat to see unusual coral formations and giant clams, and just kick back and enjoy the sunshine. The snorkeling equipment was adequate, the...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 6, 2005

Quicksilver Agincourt Reef
Marina Mirage
Port Douglas, Australia

Breakfast With The Birds

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Attraction | "Breakfast With The Birds at The Rainforest Habitat"

Breakfast With The Birds Photo, Port Douglas, Australia
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A well-stocked breakfast buffet starts off the day - fresh fruit, juices, eggs, toast, waffles, and champagne if desired. Upon recommendation from our concierge, we got there fairly early so we could take our time enjoy both the breakfast and the birds. Colorful parrots visit, flying in and out of the vicinity - some even visit your table. They seem friendly, and not so agressive as to snatch food off your plate! Once we finished breakfast, we took the first guided tour of the day and were the only ones there so we got a private tour! The guide was very informative and able to answer all our questions. The grounds are divided into zones for animals native to Australia's wetlands, rainforest, and...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 6, 2005

Breakfast With The Birds
Rainforest Habitat
Port Douglas, Australia
+61 07 4099 3235

Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

Attraction | "Australia Butterfly Sanctuary"

Australian Butterfly Sanctuary Photo, Queensland, Australia
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Kuranda is a sleepy tropical town in the rainforests of Queensland. There are lots of shops, restaurants, and friendly people in this small town. Unfortunately we didn't visit on one of their market days, which is a big event. But the time we spent there was relaxing and refreshing. We spent a very interesting hour and a half at the Australia Butterly Sanctuary. Be sure to wear red, pink, or white, which attracts the butterflies to land on you (if you're interested in that). You have the option to wander around on your own or to listen to a guided tour. Definitely listen to the tour guide since they shared many facts about butterflies that I'd never heard before. We enjoyed watching the ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 6, 2005

Australian Butterfly Sanctuary
8 Rob Veivers Drive
Kuranda, Queensland, Australia 4881
(07) 4093 7575

Kuranda Scenic Railway

Attraction | "Riding the Kuranda Scenic Railway Up to Kuranda"

Kuranda Scenic Railway Photo, Cairns, Australia
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This scenic and historic railway winds its way through Cairns up to the remote rainforest town of Kuranda. Along the way, passengers listen to audio telling of the history and engineering and construction feats required to design and build this railway in the late 1880s. Experience breathtaking views of Stoney Creek Falls and Barron Falls as well as enjoy the lush foliage of the rainforest. There is one stop midway to photograph Barron Falls and stretch your legs, although when we were there, a drought had reduced Barron Falls to a mere trickle of its former self. We purchased a tour package that provided transportation from Port Douglas to the Freshwater Station of the railroad, allowed several hou...Read More

Kuranda Scenic Railway
Kuranda
Cairns, Australia

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway Photo, Port Douglas, Australia
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Ride the gondola over the breathtaking rainforest canopy. The Skyrail ride passes through two stations were you may disembark, if desired. We passed through the Barron Falls Station but disembarked at the Red Peak Station for a ranger-guided tour of the rainforest floor. The tour was brief (about 20 minutes) but very interesting and, of course, in the rain. Thank goodness they supplied umbrellas for us! The ranger shared information on Australia's geological history, anecdotes on Australia's diverse range of animals, and information on surviving in the rainforest. On the last leg of the ride, we rode over the Tjapukai Aborinal Center, located next to the final terminal where we saw a how-to class ...Read More
Port Douglas Photo, Port Douglas, Australia
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We enjoyed the relaxed nature of Port Douglas. Upon our initial arrival at our hotel, we saw a beautiful blue Ulysses butterfly, but alas it was the only one we saw for whole trip. Port Douglas has lots of restaurants to choose from at and near the marina or in the downtown area. We tried Italian, Mexican, seafood, and sandwiches, as well as delivered order-in food the night of a particularly long rain squall. Lodging ranges from budget to luxury. From where we stayed we were able to walk to anything we wanted to see and do, but some lodging is a ways out of town on Port Douglas Road that would not be within walking distance of Mirage Marina or the downtown area. We were there at the end of the ra...Read More