Is snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef on the top of your bucket list? It's an experience like no other, a marine adventure that people travel the whole world to experience, an unforgettable day during your time in Australia. In this post we talk about snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef, what it's like, what are the dangers, sharks on the GBR, taking kids … [Read more...]
Port Douglas and Cairns, Visiting Far North Queensland
Port Douglas was home to us and is a popular tourist town in Far North Queensland. Visitors head up here for the reef, the rain-forests and beautiful 4 mile beach along with our stunning wildlife, beautiful resorts and good food. Cairns is just up the road and has a whole bunch of unique things to do too. Things to do, places to see and go in the Port Douglas and Cairns region ( including Atherton Tablelands) along with blog post about living in Queensland's Far North as an expat or as a local.
We have posts on visiting the Great Barrier Reef ( Which can be done from both Port Douglas and Cairns) our local crocodiles, what to do and where to swim during stinger season, the drive through Cape Tribulation to Cooktown and more.
I'd love to get a long-term volunteer position while we are traveling, but, it's hard to get into. it's often a voluntourism scam and it is expensive for the volunteer. For me, I don't think it's ever going to happen. Somebody else, with fewer family commitments and more cash will have the privilege of taking care of orphaned orangutans and elephants. But it is possible to find … [Read more...]
It's not unusual to attract wildlife when you're camping in Australia. We've had wallabies and possums visit our tent more that once. But did you know kookaburras like to snatch your food too? I've seen then snatch chicken legs direct from somebody's hand down south, but on Lake Tinaroo, they like to go for your sausages. Everybody knows that in Australia you have to … [Read more...]
A weekend camping on Lake Tinaroo. A great chance to catch Lake Tinaroo redclaw yabbies and mess around on Tinaroo dam. There's loads to do up on the Tablelands, from playpus spotting to chocolate tasting, but first catch your yabbie. We just got back from an amazing 4 day homeschool camp up on Lake Tinaroo, up on the Atherton Tablelands in tropical Queensland, … [Read more...]
We just had a couple of days camping in Cooktown. It's about 3 hours north of Port Douglas in Far North Queensland, Australia. That's along the beautiful coast road, only suitable for four-wheel drives for most of the way. There is a sealed road further inland, but it takes slightly longer and, arguably, isn't nearly as much fun. We have done the Port Douglas to … [Read more...]
There are quite a few options in Port Douglas if you are interested in helicopter rides and charters. You can take a helicopter to or from the Great Barrier Reef, some reef charter boats let you book short helicopter rides from the reef pontoon. You can even be dropped on a sand bar and have yourselves a very private picnic out there. Helicopter Rides Free With Every … [Read more...]
Stinger season Cairns, Port Douglas, the Great Barrier Reef area and the whole of Far North Queensland is something you need to be aware of. Insider knowledge on how to be safe, for you and your kids is essential. We lived up here for 6 years safe from jellyfish, so read on. Dates for Stinger Season vary, fixed dates don't exist. but if you're heading to Queensland in the … [Read more...]
This post was written and titled "Living in Port Douglas" when we were planning our great escape. We lived in Port Douglas. we owned, still own, a beautiful house there, but we left to travel the world. We've been travelling a very long time now, that's just how things worked out, and we have never once returned to Port Douglas. So if you're here looking for a guide to living … [Read more...]
We saw an Australian animal that less than 10% of all Australians have ever seen near Cairns, the fantastic, and surprisingly tiny, platypus. That's wild platypus, not in a zoo. If you'd like to share in this incredible experience, check out the Atherton Platypus Park near Cairns at Tarzali Lakes. You can visit for the day or stay overnight on the camp site and you should … [Read more...]
Four Mile Beach, Port Douglas, was closed yesterday by a 4 meter salt water crocodile. He didn't do much, just swam along the beach about 20m from shore. A crowd gathered and watched, that's about as exciting as the day got. It made me think though, not many people have the experience of sharing their home with these prehistoric giants, the crocodiles here in … [Read more...]