Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Port Douglas, a coastal paradise

I want to thank all of you for your thoughtful and kind comments on the passing of my sister-in-law, Eve.  She was a great lover of dogs, so being Thanksgiving week, give extra treats to your doggies. She would like that.

And she would also encourage me to continue writing about our travels, being a travel writer herself.  I am no travel writer, but do like documenting this trip, which Eve called a 'trip of a lifetime'.  And she was right!  It's been pretty remarkable.

I think when I last left you, we had finished up in the Outback and we were headed to the Great Barrier Reef.  We chose Port Douglas in Queensland, in Australia's northern tropics, as our gateway out to the reef.


Port Douglas is an international holiday destination with its beautiful sandy beaches and happy, relaxed vibe of big city offerings all packed in a small village.  A bit north of Port Douglas, is the rainforest habitat of Daintree but I'll leave that for another time.

A couple of trivia facts about Port Douglas include a holiday visit from then President Clinton and Hillary in 1996 (anniversary dinner) and again in September 2011.  It was here where they were informed about 9/11.  The image below was posted in the lobby of a restaurant where we dined.  And no, we didn't choose it because they had been there!  Ha!



Also, Port Douglas was the location where Steve Irwin, a.k.a, "Crocodile Hunter", died filming a documentary at Batt Reef after a stingray barb went into his chest while he was snorkeling above the stingray.  Fortunately, The Professor and I saw no stingrays while snorkeling!!!

We had several great days here biking around and enjoying evening sunsets.  I'll share more of the rainforest and reef later, but here are some of our visual beach delights around this seaside town.  One of our favorite things we did was to take a bottle of wine and a couple of chairs and take in sunset each evening.  It was delightful!

















25 comments:

Arija said...

So sorry to hear about your sister-in-law. A loss in the family is always hard to bear.
Your time in Port Douglas seems to have been a very happy one. Difficult to be anything else with those tropical surroundings.

Brian Miller said...

wow, the green in that field of palms is so vivid...what a cool place as well...rich with stories....

Tabor said...

Thanks for such a peaceful moment in this chaotic world.

S. Etole said...

Incredible views.

John @ Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Crikey, I miss Steve.

Sylvia K said...

What an awesome place!! Superb captures as always, Reena, and the next best thing to being there myself!! Incredible views indeed!! Thanks for sharing

bill lisleman said...

It does appear to a wonderful paradise. Is it an off season or are the beaches just not that busy all year?

Daryl said...

its how i imagine paradise would look

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

What a magnificent looking place. Although we live in Australia I've never been to Port Douglas. Gorgeous photos Reena.

Lisa Gordon said...

What a beautiful place, Reena!

Hilary said...

What a beautiful spot. A colourful piece of paradise.

bailey-road.com said...

It really does look like a paradise. Beautiful shots, Reena.

Lisa RedWillow said...

So So Beautiful

Dianne said...

How lovely to see you've been cycling around my favourite Australian holiday place .... I'm sure you didn't make it to the look- out by bike. Your pics definitely do it justice.
xx

"Adelaide and Beyond"

biebkriebels said...

The beach life and the view with the mountains look very beautiful.

Betty Manousos said...

just stopping by to wish you a very happy and family filled thanksgiving, reena!

gorgeous shots btw.!!

xo

Linda R said...

Gorgeous photos once again my friend. Your beach shots are amazing.

Happy Thanksgiving..

Hugs~

Awena Robert said...

Beautiful photos, Reena! Makes me want to be close to the sea. I really like the photo with all the palm trees. Take care down under !

Sanibel Gal said...

Your writing and photography about all the places you go is utterly inspiring and lets me take my own little vacation vicariously! Please do keep posting it all!

Madge Bloom said...

WOW, marvelous colors...

Barbara Shallue said...

I'm so sorry about your sister-in-law, Reena. I'm behind in my reading (again) although I've enjoyed your photos on Facebook. These are amazing - the colors!! Safe travels and happy Thanksgiving! xo

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Pat Tillett said...

You are not only an amazing photographer, you have an amazing eye for what will look good in a photo.

prakash sharma said...

I’ve worked professionally as a photographer since 2000, and I brought my Port Douglas Photography business home to Australia from Port Douglas in early.

Andy Miller said...

Most of us eagerly wait for the festive holidays, and those working at the far off places like returning to their home town to spend a fun time with the family. I have planned to hire the best Christmas campervan rental in London, and spend a travelling vacation with my wife and kids.