North Queensland, Australia, 1998, Part II

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A bit of an introduction to North Queensland and our holiday there in August 1998 is in my previous blog. I actually have a number of photos from that holiday, but some photos I was looking for I could not find.so far.  For instance there are no  photos of crocodiles. We saw a lot of them lying near the edge of the water while we were travelling in a boat along that river with a tourist group. I was sure we would have taken some photos of these creatures seeing them lazing sleepily so very close to us.

Also, I could not find any photos of our lovely resort in Port Douglas. Our travel agent had booked a very nice flat for us in that resort. There was a swimming pools, tennis courts, bikes for hire, as well as some night-time entertainment outside on balmy nights. Every morning we had breakfast in a lovely open air restaurant. Most days we did some pre-booked bus tours with morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea provided. One night we had a pizza in our resort’s restaurant. We went there for the early evening session when a menu at lower prices was available! I think for the other nights we had bought our own food to prepare in the kitchen corner of our flat.

For the first two nights we had been booked into a very beautiful hotel with breakfast included. On the day after our arrival we did a bus tour to the LAKE BARRINE TEAHOUSE. We enjoyed morning tea and lunch there. We were very happy with all the bookings our travel agent had done for us. From Cairns we travelled by boat to Port Douglas where a courtesy bus picked us up to take us to our resort.

I think it was probably Friday when we were taken by bus along the coastal road  to the airport at Cairns to fly back to Sydney. As far as I remember we arrived in Queensland Sunday night and  on Friday we had to depart. That means we had two nights accommodation in Cairns and three nights in Port Douglas.  (To book a weekend holiday would probably have been somewhat dearer.) It sounds like a rather brief holiday, however we did an amazingly lot of things during these 4 and 1/2 days. Everything was well organized. So we could relax all the way. It was marvellous to spend a few days in such an environment without any stress involved. 🙂

After our arrival at Cairns Peter contemplated whether he should take a dip into our hotel's swimming pool.
After our arrival at Cairns Peter contemplated whether he should take a dip into our hotel’s swimming pool.
After two nights in Cairns a boat like this one took us up to Port Douglas.
After two nights in Cairns a boat like this one took us up to Port Douglas.

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The LAKE BARRINE TEAHOUSE was in the Atherton Tropical Tableland. It was a beautiful area for a walk and we saw there this amazing Curtain Figtree.

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In front of the entrance to our resort in Port Douglas was a stop for a cute tourist train. This train took us all the way into town.
In front of the entrance to our resort in Port Douglas was a stop for a cute tourist train. This train took us all the way into town.

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In those days I was still fit enough to ride a bike. We were able to cycle along the beach and could get into town that way. Alternatively we took the path next to the road that lead into town. The before mentioned tourist train went beside the road that lead into town.

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The Kuranda Scenic Railway, that we boarded during one excursion, was full of tourists. The train stopped in the middle of nowhere and everyone was allowed out and walk around a bit to take pictures.

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We were on the Crocodile Express going in the other direction.
We were on the Crocodile Express going in the other direction.
This is what the edge of the river looked like with crocodiles lazing about.
This is what the edge of the river looked like with crocodiles lazing about.
Our tourist guide made sure that we did not get into any danger.
Our tourist guide made sure that we did not get into any danger.
Where we had a lunch break Peter found a lovely little pool to refresh himself.
Where we had a lunch break Peter found a lovely little pool to refresh himself.
We went as far as Cape Tribulation.
We went as far as Cape Tribulation.

For afternoon tea we stopped at a very remote place in the rainforest.

There were no modern conveniences in this remote place near the Daintree River.
There were no modern conveniences in this remote place near the Daintree River.

6 thoughts on “North Queensland, Australia, 1998, Part II

  1. Love Port Douglas. I was working as a travel agent in 1988 with the Qld Tourism and Travel Corp – busy year with it being EXPO and all. Glad you enjoyed your holiday.

    1. We did actually go to the EXPO in Brisbane in 1988 when Caroline was only nine. We enjoyed this very much too. After several days in Brisbane we spent some more days at the Sunshine Coast. We always found Qld Tourism very helpful.

  2. The Daintree must be considered one of the most unique experiences you could have.
    To actually view a fig tree curtain is a must and makes a memorable photograph.
    Great trip and great pics Auntyuta.
    Ian

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