Port Douglas - our magic place

Trip Start Apr 29, 2011
Trip End Feb 29, 2012

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Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Sunday, November 20, 2011

It is been already our second week in Port Douglas. We love this town so much that we just could not leave. The atmosphere, surrounding mountains and the mix of a good food, well supplied shops and dear perfumes made us feeling so at home that we had to enjoy more.

There are not many 4WD tracks around Port Douglas. One is the Creb Track starting from Daintree that was already closed. Second is the Bloomfield Track from Cape Tribulation to Cooktown that we left for next time. The last one is the Black Mountain Road.  It is starting off from the highway near Julatten and finishes in Kuranda. This dirt road is meandering through the rainforest hills and is going in parallel to Capitan Cook Highway. We always try to explore the untouched areas where not many people go. This road happened to be a well maintained, narrow track with some step and rocky sections. I was counting to have some lookouts on the way but all 45 km we were going through the rainforest only passing small bridges over creeks. Obviously we liked it as the road is not popular and we did not see any cars on the way.

We arrived to Kuranda after 2 hours. It was our second visit in this nice, tourist town. Kasha went to Butterfly Sanctuary to take some photos and I bought my first, Kangaroo leather hat. We spent some time having lunch and walking around as the atmosphere there was really nice.

Later, we drove up to Barron Falls. We had seen it already two years ago when we first visited this region. However this time we took the car and we saw it from different perspective. Two years ago we took the Kuranda train and this time we did a boardwalk that was really nice.

On the way back to Kuranda, we were driving off the main road to see how people live here. Some of the houses and lots looked really reach and nice and if we had money we would live here for sure, but what to do here?

In the past, even after our first visit, I did not consider Cairns and Port Douglas region as so attractive. That time I could compare it only with Gold Coast but know after 7 months of travelling I can look at it from different angle. Not only we discovered Cairns, Port Douglas and nice beaches but we visited Daintree National Park, Daintree Village and Tableland with its magnificent places like Ravenshoe, Atherton, Lake Tinaroo and many, many others. It is interesting how much we have changed our point of view after seeing so many places.

Soon, after we arrive to Cairns we will explore more of this beautiful country …
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