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Nov 14, 2016 - The Great Barrier Reef

Snorkelling with Quicksilver on The PoseidonOuter Barrier Reef Silver Sonic $238 each! Young team who loved themselves a lot. First site boring (as been spoiled) but the next 2 were ace! Not many fish but awesome coral. Went to our local again. Court House Hotel. Played on Pokies.

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Nov 12, 2016 - Club Tropical Resort

Drove to Mossman, decided not to pay $195 each to explore Daintree Forest as looking at the postcards, there's not much we haven't seen! (Lucky us) Came across a church market, Tim got a loud flowery shirt for $2 made in Port Douglas! I got a Tibet an one made in Australia $8. Wore it out to Crown Hotel and then slap up at Hogs Breath Cafe! Yum! ($50 for 2 steak & chips & a bottle of wine).

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Nov 11, 2016 - Onward to Port Douglas

Went to large charity shop where we did 2 minutes silence; I was trying on a red shirt so stood with Tim outside the changing rooms with that & my knickers on! Bought the shirt & some BNWT black shorts for $7.50. Drove to Port Douglas, about 1.5 hours past beaches with Croc & stinger warnings, got very hot. Checked in to Club Tropical Resort which is FAB! Outside balcony kitchenette and large bedroom/lounge. £50 p/n with AMOMA (barg).

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Jul 5, 2016 - UPDATE NOTES Days 21 - 22

Hi All, Cairns stop was for 7 days to ensure everything was in working order. To achieve this goal there was another tap in the van to changeover, done by M in 90 minutes (plumber would take 15) plus a doctor’s visit to sort out crook ears on again poor old M, so now, as we leave, all is well. In addition to the above we used the time in Cairns to visit some neighbours from home, (up on a holiday), a couple we met on the European River Cruise and an old nursing mate of A’s, who we ended up catching up with 3 times. We also added some places...

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Mar 15, 2015 - Port Douglas & Kuranda

Sunday, March 15 We woke to a complete change in weather – it was a beautiful sunny morning. At 6:50, we caught the tour bus to Port Douglas, a little resort town north of Cairns, via what we were told is Australia’s third most scenic drive. The road follows the coast for the most part and offers lots of ocean views. Inland we saw sugar cane fields (the biggest crop in this area), rainforest and green hills. With its flat plain of green fields and surrounding mountains, it’s reminiscent of the Fraser Valley, except for wallabies grazing, a...

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Australia 2015

Mar 16, 2014 - Fabulous Rainforest Trip

Any day trip which starts with a huge scone, cream & jam has to be good and the trip to the Daintree Rain forest, Cape Tribulation & the Mossman Gorge was amazing. Our first stop was to meet one of the tribal elders who own the Mossman Gorge and have set up a cultural exchange centre to engage with First Nation peoples from all over the world, a very interesting and far thinking project. We were invited to take part in a smoke ceremony where the spirits of local ancestors were asked to take care of us on our journey through the forest, one...

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Mar 15, 2014 - Great Barrier Reef

Today was the long awaited trip to the Outer Barrier Reef, part of the reason for coming to Port Douglas. We were collected early and transported to the marina , boarded a large catamaran and set off towards the reef with about 100 others! The destination was the Agincourt Reef about 12 miles off the coast where a large pontoon was moored. The structure is very cleverly designed with a lower observation deck allowing viewing of the reef & marine life without getting wet. We decided not to go in to the water as there were stingers around (...

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Mar 14, 2014 - Lazy Day

As we have no organised trips today I decided to relax and have had a sleepy day catching up with this blog. Of course Mr L is unable to relax for more than a few minutes so he spent the afternoon at a Wildlife park a couple of miles up the road. He seems to have had a great time and has been up close & personal with kangaroos, wallabies, parrots, crocodiles etc. We had another wander round town this morning and have booked for dinner at a little place with a view of the beach. Dinner was great, as per usual we ran into a whole lot of Brits!

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Mar 13, 2014 - Heading north

In an action beyond the call of duty Heather & Hayley got up really early to take us to the airport for our flight to Cairns for the next phase of the trip. The 3 hour plus flight was effortless and we were met at the airport & transported to Port Douglas which is our base for the trips to the Barrier Reef & Rainforest. It is very hot & steamy here and our wander round town turned into a bit of a route march, nothing a nice cold drink couldn't fix. We dined in the hotel which is really nice - we have a spa on our balcony - the only...

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Feb 21, 2014 - last day at GBR

Hello from Port Douglas, Australia, on Friday, the 22nd around 8:30 AM. If you look on the map you will find this little town on the NE side of the country, north of Sydney and Cairns. From here it is a 90 minute catamaran ride to the GBR (Great Barrier Reef). The cat holds about 300 people, so it is pretty big. We did that trip yesterday. You ride the cat to a platform at the reef, which has opportunities to snorkel, scuba, take a helicopter ride or take a short trip in a semi-submersible (a boat that is above the water on top, but the...

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Bucket list

Oct 16, 2013 - Wetherby Station

Wed., Oct. 18th This was a busy day – but all of our days have been such. We took off, heading north up the coast on Cook Road, so called because Captain Cook had discovered this part of Australia, or “Oz”, what the locals sometimes call their home, a nice nickname for this wonderful country, don’t you think? We passed cane fields and lovely beaches on the Coral Sea, completely devoid of humans. Yvonne explained the dangers of swimming alone, and foremost was not the shark, but the boxed jellyfish, whose sting is highly toxic, causing death...

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Shinns Down Under

Jul 2, 2013 - Touring the Cairns Zoo and finding Platypus in Yungaburra

We had seen a Cassowary in the rainforest with Kevin, one of only 1000 still living in the wild. Today was our day to get to see one close up and realize Callista's wish of holding a Koala. The Cairns Zoo is our destination this morning bright and early. We were booked for a personal zoo tour that included feeding and/or holding some of the zoo animals. They started Callista with the Kangaroos. The Ring-tailed Lemur cage was next up. We got to go right in the cages with both these animals. The Cassowary was next. Could not go into the cage,...

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