Travel Blogs from Port Douglas
Washing done early as bright sunny day. Headed into town via the beach on foot again and coffee at Coffee Club. Bit more shopping with a visit to the Marina that's pretty much dead nowadays. Retail has died here. After lunch Linnie and I went for a bike ride out to the Cook Highway and decided not to visit the Wildlife Park @$38 per person entry fee. Dropped Lyn back ...
... our trip!
The lovely firemen informed us that the only thing we could do was wait for the tank to empty and so we did, a mere 45 minutes went by and the tank was finally clear. Luckily we had managed to secure about 20 litres of diesel, collecting it with a couple of Tupperware buckets, the rest was gone and lost forever. The next shock hit us as soon as the guy towing us away kindly informed us that he was the one and only mechanic in the next village. Besides him ...
... parks and got David really interested!
Port Douglas is beautiful so many lovely shops, cafes, restaurants and bars. It's quite an exclusive area. David and I arrived just in time to catch the impressive Sunday markets and we had a wander around the stalls. That night we had a lovely BBQ with Tom and Cheryl. We all decided we would rise early and go on a self drive to Daintree!
We drove to the Daintree River and paid ...
At that time we had undivided attention from several staff members. We chose to share a scallops & sweetbreads combo to start, followed by the most awesome 14 hour roasted lamb shoulder for two. We were discouraged from ordering another side dish as our waitress advised that we would already have more than enough. And was she right. After inhaling our appetizer, we watched the lamb fall apart at a touch. Accompanied by a tangy sliced cucumber dish and some roasted pumpkin ...
... birds and some beautiful green tree frogs. The tree frogs were our favorites, really beautiful! Apparently, they are food for everyone here. The snakes, birds, small crocs and larger fish all love to eat the frogs. When the frogs get the chance, they eat the mosquitos (and there are plenty of those to eat!!), but they spend a lot of their time hiding from predators. It is so interesting to see how God created so many very ...
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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!
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.
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.
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!
Can't say enough good about the Pink Flamingo! Super helpful staff, excellent and very clean villas, colorful, vibrant, and private.
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!
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.