I couldn’t help but feel extremely excited as I got in a cab driving away from Cairns airport. My friends advised me to go to Port Douglas, saying that it’s absolutely magnificent this time of the year. I was skeptical at first, but all of my doubts were soon washed away by the ocean’s waves and the smell of salt and fresh air. Let me tell you about some of the breathtaking spots that you must visit, if like me, you decide to spend some time at Port Douglas.
1. The Great Barrier Reef
Firstly, I wanted to check out the Great Barrier Reef, which I have heard so much about already. I immediately booked myself a barrier cruise, one of those which circles around this beauty, the world’s largest and healthiest coral system. If you have never scuba dived before, this is the perfect location to try it out. You won’t be able to get enough of the beauty and vastness of this place, since it encompasses nearly 2900 coral reefs, together with 600 islands and 300 coral cays. More importantly, the sea life here is so diverse that, once you dive into the deep blue, you will feel like you are on another planet. It is definitely one of the most awe-inspiring places to see in the whole world.
2. Brett’s Outback Tasting Adventures
After exploring the ocean and all of its wonders, I wanted to surprise my senses even further, so I decided to check out this one-of-a-kind gourmet tour. I simply had to see if the stories about the food and wine tasting adventure were true – needless to say, I wasn’t disappointed. We started our tasting journey at Port Douglas and went straight to Tjapukai, one of the most exotic and vibrant places one could witness, where we ate some freshly baked jams. As we moved on from location to location, we got to taste and see so many beautiful things.
Image 4 – traditional Tjapukai Fire Ceremony, Source
3. The Pink Flamingo
After getting thoroughly exhausted by a long day of sightseeing, I looked for a place to stay. Mind you, I never tend to book my stay in advance, and love to choose a hotel on the spot. My search led me to this extraordinary vacation resort. This place offers unique accommodation, surrounded by palm trees and lush vegetation. If you ever feel like going for a swim, you can take a dip in the pool while enjoying a refreshing drink from the pool bar. The service is here is very extravagant – they even serve you wine with cheese and crackers as soon as you enter the resorts. Apart from being renowned as a private and intimate resort, being pet-friendly, it prides itself as being the most premier gay and lesbian resort in Australia.
Image 5 – Pink Flamingo, Port Douglas (The road leading to the villas), Source
4. Hemingway’s Brewery
After enjoying myself at the resort, I wanted to spoil myself a bit more with a nice evening stroll through town. I eventually ended up on a beer tasting tour at Hemingway’s Brewery– it is one of Australia’s largest breweries. There I had the chance to sample some of their delicious brews: Mrs. Watson’s and The Prospector’s. This tour offers a guide who is also a beer connoisseur, who will make sure that all your beer tasting needs are met, while at the same time guiding you in the right direction in case you get carried away with the beer sampling. I ended the tour by relaxing at the brewery’s restaurant, located in the beer garden, where I finished off my last pint while savoring the restaurant’s very own Hemingway’s Fish Burger.
I wished that my amazing time would never end, so I promised myself I would come back again someday. I wholeheartedly recommend visiting Port Douglas and all its beauties and wonders which will leave you many fond memories.
About the author
Marie Nieves is a lifestyle blogger who loves unusual trips, gadgets and creative ideas. On her travels, she likes to read poetry and prose and to surf the Internet. Her favorite writer is Tracy Chevalier and she always carries one of her books in her bag. She is an avid lover of photography who loves to talk about her experiences. You can find Marie on Facebook or follow her on Twitter and Pinterest .
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