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... time to return and T didn't get the third trip in she had bee planning which was a disappointment. The time went quickly on the way back as we sat with an American Family and T played cards with the kids. Back at PD we found that we were the only ones going back to Cairns and rather than wait at the Marina until the bus returned we sat at the back and had a quick tour of PD. Much more developed than Cairns and solely focused on the tourist trade. Will go back there again ...
... will be lovely to paddle my feet. Just before I reach the water a lady that was further up the beach runs towards me. Tells me there is a huge croc swimming by, as he comes up for air I freak, he is so huge......... I left my camera at the table with Matt so I run up to grab it and let Matt know, we rush back and he comes up again and Matt sees him and can't believe how big he is, but he is headed for the river mouth so can't get a photo of him, spewing. I wanted ...
... beach. Locals not happy about the road closures and very upset that the Cook Highway between Cairns and Port Douglas will be closed all day next Sunday for the Cairns Triatholon. There is nothing in it for Port Douglas at all. Had a nice look through the town and had an ice cream. BBQ dinner tonight. Rained overnight. Lots of bats ...
... definitely do. I could have floated there for hours just watching this amazing ecosystem. As we got on the boat from our third and final dive a huge fish called a Maori wrasse about 2 foot tall and 5 foot long was chilling beneath us intrigued by all of the people and swimming between us with no fear moving his eyes around inspecting us. Couple people stroked it and it came over in front of Alice and almost swam into her face. Gave her a shock. Big buffet lunch inboard ...
I let the guys sleep in - first time in a long time. Our accommodation includes breakfast - a first! We set out for the rainforest. It is still overcast, but at least it is not pouring. We heard the rain most of the night. The park is about 40 minute drive. Saw lots of sugar cane and cattle farms.
Some of the houses we saw were on stilts about 10 feet off the ground.
Once we got closer we could see the visible damage from the ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Pink Flamingo Port Douglas
Pure bliss and a blast
My partner and I somehow stumbled upon the Pink Flamingo via some great reviews here on TripAdvisor.com - and crikey! - we weren't disappointed! We thoroughly recommend the Pink Flamingo to ANY couple (gay OR straight) looking for something special, something different, something private and something fun. About as far away as you can get from the production line impersonality of the big resorts, the Pink Flamingo is small, boutique, oh so private and oh so relaxing. We had a week to live the Pink Flamingo experience - a salt water pool surrounded by palm trees and bush - totally private too. The bar is BYO complete with its own cocktail shaker and blender. Free reign of the surround sound pool music system too! The rooms are funky, practical and exotically intimate. And just outside your room in your own little private coutyard there's the huge outside bath/shower complete with candles, incense and bath crystals! Hot evenings in Port Douglas do NOT get any more romantic than this! The whole hotel is featured with the most incredible plants, flowers and birdlife. The welcome was warm friendly and genuine. The hotel is only a 15 minute walk to the town centre (or a 30 minute crawl on the way back in the dark!). We found a few glasses of vino beside the pool as the sun went down the perfect way to start the evening followed by a stroll to town to sample some of the amazing restaurants in town. We couldn't recommend the Pink Flamingo more highly to anyone who wants their stay in Port Douglas to be memorable, delightful, romantic and just a little bit special.
I just got back from 2 1/2 weeks in Australia, and the Pink Flamingo was far and away the best place I stayed. It really was one of the highlights of my trip. The villa and grounds were homey, charming and funky and the managers Cath and Sam are incredibly friendly and helpful.
I was actually there on my own, which was fine, and I loved having a private patio with a hammock to just enjoy the peace and quiet. I am really looking forward to going back to the Pink Flamingo with my boyfriend, though - it's a great place for a romantic getaway. Honestly, it's a great place for just about anything!
Have fun! I'm so jealous - I'd go back tomorrow if I could!
Do yourself a favour....
I can't recommend this place more highly! My partner and I had a fantastic holiday in Port Douglas which was made all the more better by staying at the Pink Flamingo. The place is gorgeous and the ladies who run it are incredibly lovely and leave you feeling as if you have stayed with friends rather than at a hotel.
The rooms are vibrantly painted, and there are lots of special touches that make staying in as much fun as going out. The villas have a beautiful & green courtyard area with an outdoor bath and shower, with bath salts and candles provided. The rooms have everything you need, with thoughtful additions like beach towels, sarongs & plunger coffee. The resort only has 10 villas and so is incredibly private - so much so that we had to ask if anyone else was staying there...it was a full house! The pool area is great, with an outdoor sound system which you can use to play your favourite tunes whilst swimming or cooking on the bbq next to the bar beside the pool.
The ladies will also help book all of your tours and have some great suggestions for where to eat and what to see! I would not hesitate staying at the Pink Flamingo again....in fact I am dreaming about returning there now!
Perfect in Port Douglas
After a very negative experience at The Wattle Private Hotel in Sydney we arrived at the Pink Flamingo. This is a great place to stay at in Port Douglas. The accommodation is fantastic and the staff perfect. This is a rare find. If you are thinking about staying here, make a reservation, you wont regret it! We tried to have our flights changed so that we could stay longer.
Great staff and vibe!
Every good thing that you have ever heard about the Auzzie people is true! Your stay at the Pink Flamingo starts by meeting the hotel staff.....your stay ends with the staff hugging you goodbye and you departing as friends. The property is the perfect place for a romantic vacation or fun group getaway. Each room has a private terrace with an outdoor bathtub.....bath salts and bubbles provided as well as an outdoor candelabra. The rooms are funky and colorful, providing plenty of space to relax along with a full kitchen to prepare your own meals or cocktails. We met fantastic guests and hung out at the poolside bar. The pool is heated...so anytime of the year is a good time for a visit. My only complaint is that I don't live closer so that we could stay here a few times a year! Hands down, the best place I have ever stayed!
What a find!
Can't say enough good about the Pink Flamingo! Super helpful staff, excellent and very clean villas, colorful, vibrant, and private.
We stayed for a full week in villa 8 and loved every bit of our time there. Our own outdoor shower over a huge tub, set in the midst of a lovely tropical courtyard garden, was a highlight.
The staff went out of their way to be friendly and helpful, booking excursions for us and recommending restaurants. Heck, the place even has free laundry for guests, outdoor grills for your use, and a little library full of books, DVDs and videos. And the gardens are a real delight--stylish, lush, and well-tended.
Details seem to be a speciality here, with things such as incense and holders, candles, sleep masks in the bedside tables... all the little things that tell you the owners and staff really care about their guests' comfort.
Were we to return to Port Douglas, we wouldn't even think of staying anywhere else. The Pink Flamingo is on our all-time-favorites list.
Cheeky and fun, great little hideaway
Spent ages looking for a nice place to stay in Port Douglas on our way up to Cape Tribulation. We wanted somewhere quiet and not major touristy. After much searching on the web came across the Pink Flamingo!
What a great place, staff really friendly and helpful while being unobtrusive. Location great, just outside of the main town so quiet but within an easy 10 minute walk to the centre.
The rooms are all set out the back of the property and feature outside dining areas and even an outside bath! What a fantastic way to spend an evening drinking champagne and looking at the stars whilst being in the bath.
The decor and design of the place is really bright and interesting (see pictures). All the rooms are enclosed with over 6ft high walls so you have absolute privacy, which keeps the noise down as well. The rooms are large and spacious with good sized beds and a small kitchen area and tv (not that you will watch it much!).
The property has a nice little pool and barbecue area where you can chill out, have your own barbecue etc.
We visited the Daintree wildlife centre whilst there and had breakfast with the birds, very touristy but very fun as the birds fly around and if you tempt them right come right to your table and even eat from your hand and sit on your shoulder!
We loved this place, we are very picky but nothing was wrong with this little hotel. Would highly recommend over the other more touristy chain hotels in town.
We stayed in 9 places on our trip- and loved this one best!
We loved this gay-friendly place in Port Douglas. The girls who run it are genuinely friendly and helpful (ask to see their rose-breasted cockatoo called Scratch!). The place feels really loved and they have thought of everything that you could need in your room, from real coffee and a cafetiere, to incense sticks, mosquito coils and a welcome map to a great place for breakfast. Great decor too- very funky. Nice beds, your own patio, great pool with a double lilo, good advice on trips to the reef (go out with Wavelength if you love snorkelling), film nights. I don't really understand the suggestion that you'd need a car to drive into town- it was a really easy 15-20 minute walk to the restaurants and marina, with bats to amuse you on the way back at night. If you have more time, walk into town along the stunning beach. You could even hire one of the property's bikes. The only weird thing is that bathrooms don't have a room, only a flimsy bit of curtain. Expect to get to know your travelling companion intimately!
We picked out this place because we did not want to stay in a 'resort' or be stuck up on the second floor of a block. it has a really interesting website with a quirky feel to it. When contacted by email, management was really helpful and sorted our booking very quickly. It was just a great, relaxing, place to stay. Beautiful grounds and pool area and in easy reach of good restaurants. The chalets are very spacious and airy and each has a totally private garden area. You could be as private in your villa or as sociable round the pool as you wished. Nothing was too much trouble for the friendly staff. The 'no children under 18' rule suited us very well and there was a good mix of ages staying whilst we were there. It says in the website 'gay friendly' but they are equally 'heterosexual couple friendly' as well. We would certainly love to return.
My boyfriend and I stayed in one of the cheaper, garden rooms for 3 nights at the end of our Australian vacation. My only complaint is that we didn't plan for a week. Such a relaxing environment. Great pool. Amazing landscaping. Ping-pong, darts, movie collection, rental bikes. My ONLY complaint would be that there was not a door on the bathroom, just a sheer piece of fabric.
This place is very low-key. We barely saw anyone else and always had the pool to ourselves. It is lesbian owned and operated, but welcoming of everyone. We were a male couple, but we saw one lesbian couple and one straight couple.
The beach is probably a 10 minute walk, but to enjoy the great dining in Port Douglas you'll want to drive the short distance to "downtown".
Definitely hope to return. Certainly the lodging highlight of our 3-week vacation.