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What a spectacular day out. Wave Dancer took us out to part of the Great Barrier Reef to just one of the nearly 3000 Islands. The boat can take 150 people but there were only 39 on board for our sailing yesterday. Two big sails to assist the motor made it a picturesque vessel and great to sail in. There was a significant swell coming home but we felt fine. Unlike the significant swell and the accompanying feelings on Fouveaux Strait some years ...
... while Adam snuck off fishing, that's the only way he could go or Bryce would crack it, Bryce had a few hours while I caught up on my blogging. The rest of the afternoon we just hung around camp - we have a good game going of sitting in a big circle on our camp chairs and throwing a tennis ball and catching 1 handed, Damo grabbed a kids cricket bat and made it a bit more interesting. Bogacz family were in bed early after fighting with the redhead toddler tantrum throwing boy. AAB ...
... cruise, this was nice and met some different people on board, ( DRUNK OLD WOMEN ON WINE, ANNOYING)
After this headed to the tin shed for entrée before we headed to HARRISONS for dinner. Menu interesting here but looked after us and was a nice night.
... time! Met dad at the campsite and then spent ages trying to find dinner. Had the best fish and chips in town in the end though. Sea kayaking on the agenda for the next day. We were introduced to Tyler our instructor and given our equipment. Leech and I shared a boat and we soon got the hang of paddling. Mum and dad are pretty much pro paddlers now so we were all doing well. The sea was quite rough and choppy so we had some big waves to navigate which was good fun! Suddenly ...
... my twin and brother-in-law out weighs any craving to fly.
Trying to keep my spirits high, I begin to plan my time after here, booking a flight to Alice Springs I have somthing to look forward too once Maria and Pail leave for NZ. It is upon this time that I hear, I may have to leave earlier than I thought. More helpers are arrving in April and as I did'nt mention a definite finish date, they could'nt rest on me to stay so booked more people. Hoping I can stay, through the blood, ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Central Plaza Port Douglas
Fantastic Apartments,Fantastic Resort
Cannot recommend Central Plaza Resort highly enough. Stayed for 4 nights in June 2006, wished we could have stayed longer, immaculately presented, modern, lots of extras at very reasonable price - approximately £70 (English Pounds per night). We had a 2 bedroom apartment even though only 2 of us, with huge spa bath in 1 bathroom and large walk in shower in 2nd bedroom. Fully fitted very modern kitchen with full oven, microwave,dishwasher etc. Fully air conditioned, easy to use washer and dryer and even an airer to get clothes dry after a day in the rainforest, Owners very knowledgeable for advising about tours and local info, if it wasnt for them we would have missed Great Barrier Reef as weather was not going to be too good for next few days and they advised to take trip asap. We went with Haba, not too large boat, very attentive crew and Reef just amazing do not miss it!
Rainforest, we were advised to go with Tonys Tropical Tours (we had Tony himself) in brand new 4 wheel drive, max of 6 people and he was such great fun and company and made the day not only interesting with his knowledge of flora and fauna but highly entertaining as well with his stories and experiences.
Best place to eat we found value for money - great fish and chips and beer for $12 on main street one lunch time and Soul and Pepper, restaurant near harbour for evening meal, very fresh seafood and LOTS of it. Central Plaza is very well placed for beach and shops and restaurants only 10 minute walk to either.
To summarise - BEST HOLIDAY WE HAVE EVER HAD, BEST RESORT AND BEST ACCOMODATION!!
Just returned from a holiday in Australia & stayed at the CENTRAL PLAZA for 6 days, we were extremely happy with the standard of the accomodation - the apartment was very clean and well presented, the bathrooms in particular were immaculate
Little touches like iced water & milk in the fridge on arrival - air con. and lights on made us feel most welcome.
Having a washing machine & dryer in the apartment was invaluable to us as we were going on to Sydney & then Singapore from Port Douglas...
We took Kay's advice regarding the barrier reef trip and went with HABA dive who were brilliant - my husband who is a non swimmer, actually snorkelled on the reef with the help & support of Erin one of the crew members who took the time to encourage & support him all the way- we really had the most amazing day.
We are more than happy to recommend CENTRAL PLAZA to anyone & would certainly stay there should we ever visit PD again.
Central Plaza was a great value in Port Douglas! We stayed in a two bedroom apartment for two nights and were very pleased. The W/D was a great addition and even had a laundry basket and drying rack. The apartments were clean and modern. The showers had very strong pressure, even if the heads were too positioned too low. The hotel is located about 7 minutes walk from the main street in town.
The only minor problem were small ants coming in the bathroom from the window.
It is not a 5 star resort but a very pleasant small hotel and we would stay here again. The owners were very helpful and provided good advice. When one of the owners suggested we stay in Port Douglas a third night and skip Cairns we should have listened as it is a dump!
Best place I have ever stayed on holiday!
I had an excellent 3 nights here in March 2006. The room was ready when I arrived around 10am (checkin was 2pm). I had a one bedroom apartment. It was spotlessly clean with wonderful facilities. The kitchen had an oven, dishwasher, large fridge freezer etc. The room comes with a laundry including washing machine and dryer which was handy halfway through my holiday. The bedroom was comfortable and included 2 bathrooms - one with spa bath, the other with shower. The owners were friendly and helped with a trip booking. Rate was $125 per night. The pool is quite large but I did not use it. The hotel location is quite good - about 10 mins walk to marina or Macrossan street.
One of the best places I have been to on holiday - I would highly recommend it and would go back.
Good Value and Great for Families
Just spent 5 days in Port Douglas with my family and having travelled extensively throughout QLD and in particular the North of the state I found the Central Plaza Port Douglas as one of the nicest family accomodation we have stayed in.
The hosts were very obliging and helpful with tourist information and made us feel very welcome in fact the room air-conditioners and ceiling fans were on when we arrived from our transfer from Cairns.The rooms were very spacious and extremely clean and set up with everything we needed as a family who wanted the option of cooking and eating in.The pool and spa area is large enough for both the adults and kids to enjoy and the lounges surrounding the pool were comfortable to laze the day away in the sun.The accomodation is close to averything,really no car required.Hope to go back soon.
We stayed in Port Douglas for around 10 nights mid february and I'm so glad we chose the Central Plaza. We had not booked anywhere and arrived in PD looking for a place to stay, and we were recommended this place by a local tourist office. The rate they gave us was $135 per night, which, for the quality of this place, was just brilliant value.
We stayed in apartment 22 which had 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The master bedroom was fantastic; king size bed, LCD tv mounted on the wall, large wardrobes, en suite bathroom with jacuzzi tub and patio doors leading to the balcony. The other 2 bedrooms were plain in comparison but still more than adequate. The kitchen is very well equiped, it has pretty much everything you could possibly need, microwave oven, gas hob, big fridge, even a dishwasher!! The apartment also had a washer and a dryer which was incredibly useful.
The pool was lovely and perfect for sunbathing, the pool itself was actually covered and shaded by two big sails, which is great if you don't want to get burnt. There was also a gas BBQ there which guests can use.
All in all we just loved this place and didn't want to leave.
The owners, Johnny and Kay, are very friendly and helpful. They encourage you to speak to them when booking tours, this is a great idea as they are very knowledgable. They booked our snorkelling tour with Haba which was perfect. The instructors were so friendly and very informative. They also provided a lovely buffet style lunch meal, and as it was Valentines Day they gave us free champagne and chocolates! Would definitely recommend them to anyone looking to snorkel on the great barrier reef, it was an amazing experience.
PD is a perfect holiday destination. Although it is small, it has so much to see and do.It is placed ideally right near the rainforest and barrier reef, and the beaches are just beautiful. The town centre is great, especially Macrossan St. which is full of lovely restaurants and cool shops, there is a big internet cafe which you can't miss and is very reasonable. As we had such great facilities we cooked our own meals for most of the trip, however we did get out three times to eat. Our first was the Hogs Breath by the harbour (really not impressed with that, not in any way sophisticated but good cocktails!) then we ate at the Nautilis place on the inlet (sorry, forget the full name) which was fabulous, had lovely big crayfish in a great atmosphere. Then finally we ate at Zinc, which was excellent and by far our best meal of our whole trip around australia. It was very busy as it was saturday night, but the service was still good and the food was just brilliant, as were the desserts. Don't let the locals put you off this restaurant, it's a must!
A Hidden Gem
We picked Centra Plaza from the reviews on the web. Not only was the price reasonable but the reviews here were fully met.
The owners are very helpful and direct you to the best tours in their opinion and I never felt let down by any advice. Although a fellow helper did try and push us towards a golf course that he over sold as we passed on one of our tours and changed our mind.
The room was clean on arrival, air con on and after just coming from Ayres Rock and a poor experience at Sails in The Desert we were extremley suprised. There was two bathrooms, one with a shower one with a spa tub (unexpected bonus) The rooms are sparse in design but provide all the basics you require. Plus there was an LCD tele in the bedroom if you wanted to lie on your bed and watch some tele. The room also had a washing machine and dryer to get those clothes clean.
The pool was fantastic, It had a little spa pool and a covered swim area to limit the amount of sun hitting the pool. there was also a gas barby that you could use free of charge as well.
Our Advice for tours:
Snorkling: We were going to do wavelength, but in the end went to poisiden as although wavelength is snorkel only they do not go out as far as poisiden did. Poisden go right to the end of the contental plate and the reef was amazing. Wavelength go to 6/10 reefs where poisden have a boat that can get to the 9/10 reefs. Also fluffy the marine biologist was fun and helpful all day. (Thanks for the shark pic fluffy)
Rainforest: We went with Tonys Tropical Tours. My advice take them every time. They were very infomative and you learn far more than look at the colour of that tree. Also you get to on a walk that does not have boards and you feel very much more in the jungle, and swim in a fresh (croc free) waterhole and paint yourself with the stones. Basically want to know the plants that kill, have Cyanide in them or bring you out in a nasty rash then this is the tour for you. Just be warey of your croc spot tour boat driver. Ours got us stuck on a log in a croc infested river which was quite worrying till another boat pulled us off.
Thats basically it. Go to Port Douglas as soon as you can as new developments are starting to spring up. This resort has the fasted access to both the reef and rainforest and is a great place to relax as well.
If you do decide to stay in central plaza then there is a fantastic backpackers lodge just down the road. Turn right out of driveway away from main road, turn left at the end of their road and walk to the T-Junction and the bistro is there. This place is simple in style as you collect your own food and condiments but:
1) The drink and food price is very very cheap $20AUD on average for steaks, lamb, sea food platters.
2) The chefs take pride in their job and you get fantasticly presented food that is very difficult to finish due to the enormous amount you get
This is a little gem that gives quality and a great price. It's always busy and half the price of going into the center.
Well thats it Central Plaza is top quality not one complaint which for me is rare.
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Great Choice - Central Plaza
Stayed for four nights early November. Fantastic apartment really pleased with our choice. Fully fitted kitchen, laundry facilities, dining & lounge area, two bedrooms each with bathroom/shower and large balcony. The whole apartment was spotless and on arrival lights and air conditioning were on making the apartment very welcoming. Would certainly stay again if ever we got back to Port Douglas.
We had 5 nights here & enjoyed our stay very much.
Our apartment was clean, spacious and overlooked the pool. 2 showers, which was great as my wife takes forever in the bathroom! The apartments are about a 10 minute walk from the town centre, but we were lazy & drove everywhere, preferring the car's a/c to the heat outside. You may get a visit from "Doogie", the very friendly Burmese cat.
We ate at Zinc (good), The Iron Bar (okayish) and Inlet on the Harbour (highly recommended).
We used Wavelength for our snorkelling trip, very good, informative & well organised. They take 30 people max - about 20 when we went. TIP: worth renting a wet suit from them, only $5, to prevent getting a sunburnt back! I didn't & despite a couple of applications of high SPF I ended up rather sore!
If, like us, you forget a plug adaptor, there is a shop in the Marina Mall that sells them for about $12.
Great place and great hosts!
We stayed in a 3 BR at Central Plaza in Oct 2005 and agree with the previous review that it was a great place to stay in PD. The place was very clean and comfortable - and we didn't see a single bug, a fear of mine in the tropics! The facilities were also great and well maintained. The tennis courts are across the street and shared with other hotels. We grilled out by the pool while the children had an evening swim several nights. The "playground" was really just a sandpit by the pool.
John and Kay were outstanding hosts. They spent lots of time with us planning our days and helped with bookings to the reef, Rainforest Habitat etc... They made good recommendations and seemed to offer honest advice about the area.
FYI, the pool was 1.3 meters at the lowest point, not the best for young children. However, my children became much better swimmers by the end of the week as a result!
Will definitely recommend to friends and hope to visit again one day!