Australia Part 1:Port Douglas

Happy Thanksgiving! We will be celebrating Thanksgiving this coming weekend with friends coming over for a feast. I’ll share more on that this weekend!

We spent last week in Australia and had the most amazing time. It was a dream come true to take this vacation.  In the coming weeks I will be sharing about all of our vacation as we spent some time in different places. This post will be about our first three days in Port Douglas. I will share what we did on each day and at the bottom of  the post will be details about where we stayed, ate, etc. Just a warning, these will be pretty long posts!

Here is a map of where Port Douglas is located.

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Leaving Friday after Taylor finished working, we took an overnight flight from Singapore to Cairns(layover in Sydney.) Then rented a car for an hour drive north to Port Douglas on Saturday afternoon. The drive was beautiful and reminded us of Hawaii in many ways.

The Drive

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The first day we got there we had lunch, explored and spent some time relaxing on the beach. It was stinger season, so you could only safely swim in the netted off portion of the water.

Four Mile Beach

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On Sunday we woke early and quickly headed to breakfast to get our day started. We wanted to get to the weekend market that was put on in town. It was HUGE! Vendors sold many different things from food, candles, soap and jewelry. I purchased some jewelry, a wooden bowl, and a table runner.

Port Douglas Market

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IMG_4564After the market we drove about 30 minutes north to the Daintree rainforest. It is one of the oldest surving rainforest and is also a  world heritage site. We visited the Mossman Gorge area and hiked around for about two hours. We saw some amazing wildlife, interesting plants and trees, and many waterways.

Daintree Rainforest-Mossman Gorge

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Sunday afternoon was spent  relaxing on the beach.

We had a very entertaining dinner at  Iron Bar that evening. After our meal the restaurant/bar held toad races. Lucky audience members were picked to join the frogs. Guess who was a lucky audience member and called first? This girl. I had to hold the frog for a really long time, it felt gross, was wiggly and may have escaped a few times while I was waiting for the event. The whole race was pretty silly as we had to release the frogs and they jumped for a bit then we had to catch them and put them in the bucket. Needless to say I didn’t win, but I wasn’t last. It was an interesting experience!

Iron Bar-Toad Races

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Monday was by far one the days that we were truly looking forward to on this vacation. We went scuba diving at the Great Barrier Reef.  We boarded the boat Calypso for the day. We have not had scuba diving experience before, but were still able to dive as introductory divers. Since we were introductory divers we could only dive to 12 meters, but that was plenty.  It is an experience that I can not even put into words. We participated in two dives near the Chinaman Reef and at the third we just snorkeled. The reef was amazing and our pictures do not do the beauty of what we saw justice. We were using an underwater camera, most of our pictures have a blue hue. We took over 200 pictures, I’ll only be sharing a few now, but if you’d like to see more I can share later.  The reef was so colorful and full of life. If you ever have the opportunity to dive or snorkel at the Great Barrier Reef, please do it!

The Great Barrier Reef

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The rest of our Monday, we spent relaxing and having a nice dinner.

We stayed at the Martinique on the Macrossan in a little apartment. It was a super convenient location as we were close to the beach and to the town.

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In case your ever visiting Port Douglas here are the details of restaurants we ate at along the way!

Port Douglas:Rattle and Rum(Lunch and Dinner),Iron Bar(Dinner),High Tide(Breakfast), Wrapped Up(Lunch),Java(Breakfast),Zinc(Dinner)

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Lastly, there was a little pond at the place we stayed. I had fun taking pictures of a little friend I found there.

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Next week I’ll post about our adventure in Hunter Valley!

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