After saying goodbye to our friends in Noosa, we flew from Brisbane to Cairns and hired a car to drive 45 minutes north to the town of Port Douglas.
Matt and I walked up Four Mile Beach to the lookout point which was a stunning view, although I have no good photos because there were too many people crowding around so the above is a nice little corner of the beach just before the lookout point. If you’re looking to go up when it’s quiet, I would recommend getting there for sunrise!
We sat on the beach for a while and I read my book (The Color Purple, for anyone interested!) and had a swim. The water was a lot warmer than it was further south!
We had lunch at a place called The Iron Bar which had a $15 lunch menu and loads of nice cocktails. They also do Cane Toad racing in the evenings! We then played UNO on the beach with my family for a few hours before heading back to our AirBnB for a barbecue. The vegetarian substitutes out here have really impressed me – they do burgers and mince which almost taste like the real thing!
We had an early start this morning as we had booked onto a snorkelling and scuba diving trip on the Great Barrier Reef with a company called Calypso. We chose them because they let you scuba dive without a PADI certification in small groups with an instructor. I wanted to get a taste for what it’s like before I sign up for a PADI course!
Despite feeling a little queasy on the journey out, I thoroughly enjoyed the whole day. I snorkelled at the first two sites and the photographer got some nice snaps of Matt and I. We were given morning tea and a yummy lunch before the third site! I was quite nervous about scuba diving for the first time but the instructor really put me at ease. It was one of the best experiences of my life! You see the reef in such a different way when you’re completely under the surface and away from the choppiness, and some of the best fish and coral is further down. It was very relaxing and quiet down there and I just enjoyed the swim!
I was so tired by the time we got back to Port Douglas, but it didn’t stop us having a quick beer at the brewery on the port and then having a quick turnaround before going out for dinner!
We went to a Chinese restaurant on Davidson street – I can’t remember the name for the life of me but it was next to the bottle shop. The food was amazing – we had a “banquet” because we couldn’t decide what to choose and it worked out cheaper overall!
Today we walked the opposite way down Four Mile Beach from the lookout right down to the other end and set up camp for a few hours to sunbathe, read and play some cricket with a driftwood bat and wicket and a tennis ball we found in the trees.
I finished my book and would thoroughly recommend it to anyone who is interested in American/Black History. It is quite a difficult read but really worth it when you get to the end!
We had lunch at a place called 2 FISH which was absolutely gorgeous! It is a bit more upmarket and we definitely weren’t dressed for it having just come off the beach but our waiter was lovely and so was the food and drink. We then headed back to our AirBnB for a little afternoon nap and had another barbecue for dinner.
Tomorrow we will be heading up to the Daintree Rainforest for 12 days off-grid!