Port Douglas and Mossman Gorge

Trip Start Jan 01, 2008
Trip End Dec 29, 2008

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Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Monday, May 12, 2008

Port Douglas was once a small fishing village and is still described as such by some guide books; however it is really a luxury destination for the rich and famous.  It is a pleasant enough town with some high end hotels and restaurants and some fabulous properties scattered around.  We hit the Sunday market on the seafront which has loads of stalls selling everything from didgeridoos and boomerangs to massages and handmade clothing.    It really is "retirement city" and Clive says he thinks this is what he imagines Palm Springs in the States to be like. 
We are staying just 10 minutes away in a small B&B in Mossman Gorge, one of the major sights in the area.  This place was set up about 10 years ago and is right on the edge of the rainforest up in the hills outside of town.  The gardens are still rainforest and the house itself is almost built into the hillside.  We are the only people staying on our first night so we have the entire first floor to ourselves, including a huge veranda poking out into the rainforest canopy.  The variety of birds here is incredible and we are joined at breakfast by Kookaburras, Parakeets and many, many more.  The Kookaburras join us for breakfast as the owners feed them chunks of meat by hand (not sure how eco friendly this is??).  There are also loads of butterflies, some of which are brilliant blue in colours and 4-6 ins across.

We head up to Mossman Gorge itself for a walk which takes us 4-5 kilometres around the area through the rainforest and some truly gigantic trees.  It is a really beautiful place and one  Australia's most visited areas but bank holiday weekend so the place is pretty busy and noisy with lots of kids screaming away (my idea of hell!), but the scenery is still great and the waterfalls especially so.
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