Trip Start Apr 05, 2010
79Trip End Nov 19, 2010
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It's no secret that Port Douglas is one of Australia's best holiday destinations and during our eight nights here we confirmed what we already knew and let the relaxed feeling of the place consume us. With a site secured at the well positioned Tropic Breeze Caravan Park everything the town has to offer was within walking distance allowing us easy access to the beach, surf club, marina and the towns many eateries.
Sixteen years ago as boyfriend and girlfriend Tan and I went on our first holiday together, to Port Douglas, where we took a snorkelling trip out to the Great Barrier Reef and were keen for the kids to experience the reef as well. We booked with the same company (Quicksilver, they have the biggest boat) as we did in 1994 and were lucky enough to get blue skies, sunshine and little wind which made for a great day exploring the reef with perfect visibility
Last week we received news that friends Kylie Hayles and Adam Kelsall were heading up to Port Douglas for a wedding over the weekend and we had arranged to catch up with them. With their wedding on the Friday Night the first chance we had to catch up was on Saturday morning down on the beach at the start line of the Port Douglas Triathlon which I had somehow convinced myself to enter. After a quick hello/goodbye I was off leaving Tan, Adam, Kylie and the kids to spend the day on the beach where they had a fantastic time on the picturesque four mile beach
Apart from tourism the traditional industry in this part of the world is sugar cane and we were keen for the kids to learn as much about the process as they could. So Tan took Sum and Coop along to the Mossman Sugar Mill tour which walked them through the steps from harvesting through to the shipping of the sugar. The kids came back with a greater understanding of one of their favourite treats and a jar full of raw sugar which they now tell me is the only sugar they will eat, we'll wait and see on that one
Apart from a couple of day trips up to Mossman Gorge and Cape Tribulation, which was spectacular, our days in Port Douglas were spent on the beach, sitting in the surf club which had a happy hour from 3.00-5.30 each day or wandering the main street looking for food. Usually we know when our time is up in a particular place but after 8 nights we were still not ready to leave but forced ourselves to as we've still got a bit more to see
SUMMERS CARAVAN PARK REPORT:
Tropic Breeze Caravan Park: 7/10
Pretty basic facilities here but as Dad says, location, location, location.
The beach and surf club were right out the back gate were we spent heaps of time.
We made some new friends Paul, Kirsten, Hannah, Sam and Sarah who have been on the road a year and a half but were heading home after Port Douglas and they have invited us to stay at their farm in Port Stephens (north of Newcastle) when we pass through there.
We had so much fun on the beach with the Ramke kids pretending we were on an island and playing Survivor.
COOPERS AMAZING FACT:
Cape Tribulation is the only place in the world where two World Heritage areas meet each other, The Great Barrier Reef and The Daintree Rain Forrest.
COHEN AND JUDES BIG THINGS:
We went on a BIG boat and swam in the BIGGEST pool ever.