Is anyone actually living in Victoria this winter?! Judging by the car licence plates in all the caravan parks, most Victorians are here in Far North Queensland enjoying the warm weather with us!
Port Douglas has changed little since our last visit in May 2012 when we attended the wedding of Ginny’s niece, Stephanie and her partner Jose. It’s still a touristy town, bustling on the main street but many vacant shops on the side streets and in the marina resorts.
We stayed 7 kms out at the Big 4 Glengarry park; a lovely tropical setting, and a good walk down across the Mowbray River where we also found several McMansions like this…
Ride-on mowers are a necessity for gardeners in this climate as the grass is just so lush and there is SO much of it!
After crossing the Daintree River on the ferry with Jan & Jamie, we stopped at Cape Tribulation – named by Captain Cook when things turned awfully pear-shaped on the HMB Endeavour. Loved the gnarled trees and plants, the Australian brush turkeys and curlews.
The curlews take you by surprise as they stand very still and look like a garden sculpture. They will be forever known as the screaming boy birds to us now – a friend had a 3 year old staying, and in the morning he asked his mum what those boys were screaming about all night! Very accurate as that is exactly what they sound like.
The Marrdja boardwalk through mangroves and rain forest was somewhat sinister for us Westies who are used to wide open beaches with no vegetation!
Lunch at the Lync-Haven Retreat was great. In fact we have found that the quality of meals in Qld is very high quality and VERY reasonably priced. Maybe we are just have to pay way too much in WA, but even very small, remote places provide beautiful meals, and an accompanying glass of wine is always a good brand at a reasonable cost.
A highlight has been catching up with Liz, a friend for 30 years. Ginny and Liz worked together at the child care centre in Kununurra in the mid 80’s, then we all got married in 1987 and had children in 1988. We’ve touched base a few times since, but it was good to get together and fill in some gaps! Liz has built a lovely home at Jullaten, high up above Mossman.
We are now at Pinnacle Village north of Wonga Beach; great park, lots of room and beautiful trees and birds. Unfortunately tho’ they have a bluddy peacock family that wants to roost in the tree immediately over our caravan… Did you know they honk LOUDLY on awakening?!
Last night we had messy fruit bats knocking the nuts off the tree and crapping all over the ‘van! Hmmm. Ian is missing his shanghai, but our neighbour has a high pressure hose on standby so will keep you posted.