Australia Trip Part 2

This position half way up the hill overlooking Port Douglas was a welcome shelter from the strong winds that were constant during our 6 night stay. As it turns out we spent more time here than at the beach.

Port Douglas is a good place to relax with a 4-mile beach on one side and lovely harbour on the other. It’s just what we both needed after a hectic past few months. Within a relatively close distance are some of the attractions we visited: the Daintree river cruise, the Great Barrier Reef, and the Kurunda Scenic Railway and Skyrail.

The Kuranda Scenic Railway is a tourist line that runs from Cairns to Kuranda. It was originally built in the late 1800’s as a supply line to workers. Now it is a popular tourist attraction ascending over 300 meters on it’s journey through beautiful rainforest.

On the journey to Kuranda, the train stops at Barron Falls. Barron Falls must be an awesome site in the wet season. The river is supplying a Hydro Electric plant hence the water fall doesn’t have the same flow as once upon a time.

After a stop of a few hours in Kuranda, we took the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway back. The journey above the forest canopy gives a great view of the rainforest. We saw a Ulysses butterfly (a large blue butterfly with black tipped wings) fluttering amongst the tree tops.

The strong winds still hadn’t abated on our last day in Port Douglas. But being the last opportunity to snorkel on the reef we decided to chance it and go out anyway.

The seas were rough and I didn’t find it the most enjoyable day of the holiday. The normally sheltered position on the reef was choppy and not the best conditions for snorkelling. There were no such weather problems on the remainder of the trip however. Uluru (our next stop) was perfect. To be covered in the next post – Part 3.

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