I have recently returned from a wonderful 10 days in Port Douglas, which is in far North Queensland. One hours drive north of Cairns. I cannot remember if this holiday was postponed from 2020 or 2021 but it was so good to get away at last.
It was so nice to be in tropical, warm weather, especially as we are going into winter soon down here in Melbourne.
I have never been up in the tropics before, everything was so green and I couldn't stop exclaiming over the huge leaves.
I saw flowers that I had only seen in books before.
I went with my husband, daughter and her husband and their two children Jack and Anna, it was one of those busy holidays where we packed in a lot of activities.
Here is Jack and Anna at the Wildlife Habitat which was wonderful.
We drove to Mossman Gorge one day which is at the start of the Daintree Rainforest, the oldest rainforest in the world.
It was my birthday while we were up there and we went up to Kuranda for the day, we went up the mountain by cable car and down by the train, it was so scenic and beautiful. We went to Bird World and the Butterfly park.
I saw so many wonderful birds during our trip.
We went to a koala talk at the Wildlife Habitat.
Crocodiles live up there and are apparently in all the waterways so you don't decide to randomly have a swim somewhere. We went to the crocodile park and saw so many, they were very scary.
One day, my husband and I drove another 2 hours north to Cape Tribulation which is right in the middle of the Daintree Rainforest. It is the furthest you can go without having a 4-wheel drive car. It is where the rainforest meets the sea. It felt so untouched by humans and you could imagine coming across a dinosaur.
We got up early one morning and walked to the beach to see the sunrise, unfortunately there was a big bank of cloud that day.
Jack and Anna had to have a swim in the pool everyday.
There were lots of these lipstick palms everywhere.
It was a wonderful holiday and I have come home feeling very inspired by the plants and birds.
We went to restaurants, went out on a huge boat to see The Great Barrier Reef, shopped and went to cafes. It was amazing, unfortunately I didn't get to the Cairns Botanic Gardens or the Aquarium which are supposed to be fabulous. I guess I'll just have to go back one day!
Bye for now,