Port Douglas update

Trip Start Mar 09, 2009
Trip End Apr 07, 2009

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Monday, March 23, 2009

Hi all

Thanks for the messages; lovely to hear from you all.

This is our last night in Port Douglas and we've had a great time. We've been out on the Great Barrier Reef snorkeling which was brilliant. The seas were pretty rough and it felt a bit like a roller coaster in the sea at times but once we got in the water it was amazing. We saw lots of fish and had a marine biologist on board who did a tour for us. We had to wear delightful stinger suits and if I ever had any doubt that a catsuit is not the look for me, that confirmed it!

We've also been up to the Daintree National Park which is all rainforest and to Mossman Gorge and Cape Tribulation. We had a delicious lunch in a treehouse in the rainforest and then down for a swim in the stream - the guide assured us the crocodiles wouldn't travel so far upstream and we had to take his word for it although you should have seen how nervous we all were getting in the water. Needless to say we sent James in as a guinea pig! It was incredible to be swimming in the middle of the rainforest and we thought nothing could beat the lakes at Fraser Island but that came pretty close. Our guide Chris was so knowledgeable and we saw some brilliant wildlife.

Our hotel pool is also lovely however and has the bonus that when the happy hour bell rings at 4.30 we swim up to the bar and have a cocktail - we've worked our way through most of the list by now!

Today we have been on the Skyrail which is a cable way that runs over the canopy of the rainforest - quite incredible but a little scary too! This area is unique - the two world heritage sights of the GBR and the rainforest meet and the Australians seem very keen to take good care of both. We feel very privileged to have seen both in such detail. We then visited Kuranda village in the middle of the rainforest and then went back down via a scenic railway which was originally built back in the 1800s. It was the most beautiful train journey, past waterfalls and gorges and rainforest; I know the pictures will not be able to do it justice.

Tomorrow we have an early start to catch our flight to Uluru - we're both really looking forward to that. The reduction in humidity will be a pleasant change!

Love to all

R&J xxx

p.s. we are working on adding photos but it's not easy with such limited Internet time!
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