Resort Reporter Fiji #56 – Port Douglas and Cairns


Day 1

We arrived from the cold south around 9.15 am and started with a trip to Kuranda by Skyrail and back by the Scenic Railway.  I enjoyed both immensely though I found the Skyrail a little more fun. (We booked this and the trip to the great barrier reef in advance before arriving in QLD).

View from the Scenic Railway – if you look carefully in the top right you can make out a Skyrail cable-car and pylon

View from the Scenic Railway – if you look carefully in the top right you can make out a Skyrail cable-car and pylon

Day 2

Less than two km down the road from our accommodation we found “The Wildlife Habbitat”. We saw crocodiles, lung-fish, quolls, and a million other interesting things. I touched a koala for the first time and saw a tree kangaroo and for the first time in real life. We had a great time.  My Zambian girlfriend bought a returning boomerang – something I’d experienced growing up but which quite amazed her.

Feeding one of the many tame animals at the wildlife habitat

Feeding one of the many tame animals at the wildlife habitat

Day 3

We spent this day exploring the breathtaking beauty of the great barrier reef. We went with Wave Length who we were happy with. We found Nemo and a thousands of other colourful fish and coral, some fish were smaller then my smallest finger and one or two were bigger than me! It was amazing how much life is packed in such a small area around the reef!  Wavelength took photos of us and the reef that day which we were glad to buy.

I don't think I can use the photos taken from wavelength here – instead this is a picture I took approximately 400 meters from our accommodation

I don’t think I can use the photos taken from wavelength here – instead this is a picture I took approximately 400 meters from our accommodation

Day 4

Twenty minutes Drive from Ramada Port Douglass is Mossman Gorge which contains part of the famous Daintree rainforest. With its tree climbing ferns, little river and especially its gigantic trees it was spectacular – but we later agreed it was probably not our most exciting day, partly because we’d seen a similar rainforest in Kuranda.

Mossman River – A similar look but with a lot less water to where we went white water rafting on day 5

Mossman River – A similar look but with a lot less water to where we went white water rafting on day 5

Day 5

Originally we’d hoped to have a day trip to Cape Tribulation and “Jungle Surf”. However when we called they were booked out days in advance. Instead we booked a half day of white water rafting with foaming fury which was was one of the highlights of our trip. I left my camera behind and let the guides take the photos.

Day 6

We stopped at “Hartley’s Crocodiles” on the way to the airport. We didn’t have time to do it justice, but what we did see was hard not to compare unfavorably to The Wild Life Habitat.

Our time on holiday was over. We’d had a great time. Qld was warm, if not always as warm as hoped. The resort was pretty and the food lovely. The only very minor complaint would be that the rooms were a little noisy, with sounds from upstairs and the car park – maybe a top story apartment will be better next time!

Picture of the beautiful Qld Coast taken from the side of the road on the way from Port Douglas to Cairns airport

Picture of the beautiful Qld Coast taken from the side of the road on the way from Port Douglas to Cairns airport

Words and Photos by Stirling.

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