Carolyn & Greg's Nomadic Adventures .../CanberratoCooktown_2013 travel blog

Port Douglas street scene

Another

Yummy crocodile laksa pie

Port Douglas

Ferry 'cross the Daintree (not the Mersey)

Cape Tribulation

Looking out from the Mount Alexandra Lookout


14th July

Crazy weather we are having up here. One minute the sun is out next the clouds have arrived bringing the rain and wind. Though the temperatures are staying at a constant 26 degree. Guess that is what being in the tropics is all about. At least the washing dries quickly when the sun decides to shine.

This morning we wake up to some heavy clouds but we are going to head to Port Douglas to check out the markets. Blue is having trouble with his back and leg. He has been to the hospital yesterday and after getting the right treatment and some crutches to support himself he is feeling better and raring to go. We are hoping that that is the last of hospital visits for Elaine and Blue.

After being woken very early by some noisy rugrats we leave the park just after 8 o'clock. Heading to Port Douglas about an hours drive north of Cairns. We have had some very heavy rain at times but we are confident that it will clear. Arriving in Port Douglas we are pleased to see the sun is shining. The markets are large with a wide variety of stalls to see. Nearly finished when the heavens open and we get drenched. We decided to head to town as the markets are getting very busy.

To us Port Douglas reminded us of Noosa just a larger main street. On our walk we discovered Mockas pie shop. These pies are just as good if not better than Beechworth. I had the plain which was anything but,I know boring, while Greg had the crocodile laksa.

We head back to the car to discover someone has parked behind us lucky Blu and Elaine are in front otherwise we would have been stuck.

The Daintree and Port Douglas have an ideal climate year round with average temperatures in the winter months of May to October of 25-29C and 29-33C in the summer months of November to April.

As it is still early we are going to travel further to Cape Tribulation. Crossing the Daintree River on the ferry. One of the longest rivers on the east coast[140kms]. Lots of Sunday drivers out today. Heading towards the beach at Cape Tribulation we encounter the drivers in a big hurry and the ones who were in no hurry. View from Mount Alexandra Lookout over the Daintree River, distant ranges & islands,a shame the weather wasn't better. An interesting drive with lush vegetation. We were very surprised with the amount of accomodation available. Another tick off the bucket list. Time to head back to Cairns, another enjoyable,although tiring day.



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