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If driving from Port Douglas to Cairns a good stop-off is Palm Cove.  The upmarket, more intimate destination has a jetty great for fishing, boutiques, cafes and palm tree lined paths for cycling, jogging or walking.  We stopped off here at Coffee Haven for a cold drink and was enticed by some sweet potato chips with a “secret sauce” ... the best I have ever had!

One of Cairns most popular day trips is to the Kuranda rainforest.  Take a ride on Australia’s longest Skyrail cableway soaring over treetops to reach the Kuranda village.  A chance to really experience the aboriginal culture with the locals playing their didgeridoos, and venture into an arty, alternative hippie world.  Kuranda Koala Gardens, Birdworld and the Australian Butterfly Santuary are all located in the market.  I loved the souvenir shops and local produce available here!  

At 2pm and 3.30pm every day the Kuranda Scenic Railway then makes the descent out of the rainforest over bridges, through tunnels back to Cairns.  I would allow a full day for this whole adventure, as the cableway and railway both take 1½ hours each way. 

Back along the main esplanade in Cairns its great to cool down in the lagoon.  The 4800sqm salt water swimming facility is open all year round for you to enjoy without stingers or crocodiles!  Come evening there are a huge range of restaurants, many offering fresh seafood - The Prawn Star being one of the most popular!  A boat restaurant lit with beautiful fairy lights in the marina.  Waterbar & Grill Steakhouse overlooking the Marlin marina was one of my favourite dinners.  Succulent meat, a buzzing atmosphere and professional service - I would recommend making a booking!  

Port Douglas
Port Douglas... one of my favourite places!!   WHERE THE RAINFOREST MEETS THE REEF... 

If you have seen the film ‘Fools Gold’; Port Douglas was used as a main location.  Just 1 hour north of Cairns it was the most picturesque drive and certainly worth it!

Tropical North Queensland temperatures were 40’c +, bush stone-curlew birds lined the streets at night and crocodile warnings along ‘Four Mile’ beach.  Macrossan St is the main street in Port Douglas with cafes, restaurants and boutique shops.  The Little Larder was great for a lunch stop, as was The Tin Shed for dinner.  Drinks at sunset?  Any of the restaurants around the Yacht club provide a relaxing, view of the harbour.  

My main reason for visiting?!     T H E   G R E A T   B A R R I E R   R E E F!

A world heritage site and one of the ‘Seven Wonders of the World’.  It has always been top of my bucket list to visit. Snorkelling or scuba diving?  I did both in different locations but scuba diving here in Port Douglas!  Perfect for nervous or inexperienced divers, ABC Dive and Snorkel take just only 12 passengers out on the day boat tours.  Highest rated on TripAdvisor they provide a unique, individual, memorable experience.   We dived 3 different reefs throughout the day witnessing various fish species, turtles and coral.  *Little more expensive than other companies but definitely worth the extra cost!*

Great Barrier Reef Essentials!

Underwater Camera - Campark Action Camera purchased from Amazon - Just £29.99! (One of the best things I bought!)

* Natural Reef Safe Cream - Green People offer a great selection for the whole family!

* Ginger Sea Band Tablets - Drug-free, non-drowsy - for Natural relief when travelling! (These worked so well for me!)

There is a huge variety of accommodation in Port Douglas, ranging from self-catering apartments to luxury 5* resorts, depending on your budget.  I would highly recommend somewhere with air conditioning!  The main drive along Port Douglas Road, into Davidson Street is lined with places to stay, either side of the road so nowhere is too far from the town or beach!  We stayed in Bay Villas Resort; spacious 4* fully equipped apartments, free parking, free wifi and 2 swimming pools.  

Swimsuit:  Oysho