07/07/2017 A day in Port Douglas

A lazy day for us today.  We made our own breakfast and went out looking for accommodation that we can stay at on our way back down from Cooktown and Mossman.  Our apartment here is nice but on a busy street.  We want to stay somewhere quieter when we come back.  We walked around and found and more suitable and cheaper place so that was good.

Explored around the town later to get some exercise.  The marina area is very nice:

Then a walk around the town:

 

The Harbour is very nice:

An then a walk up the hill to a lookout.  It looks back out towards Cairns and the coast road we rode up on.

The bird life and plants on the edge of the Daintree are spectacular.  I’ve really enjoyed the bird song.

I noticed lots of people swimming at the beach and spoke to the life guards.  They said the chances of stingers at this time of year are low, and they haven’t seen a croc in the sea since April!  There are 8 types of stingers up here and there are vinegar stations all along the beach.  I sign I saw advised of lizards and snakes in the gardens, but the snakes are harmless to people.

Its been a lovely relaxing day here-tomorrow we ride nearly 400k’s to Cooktown for a night-that’s our furthest point north and its quite an intrepid ride into the Daintree rainforest.  Stuart looked at an alternative route, but it advised of river crossings-to check the river levels first and watch out for crocs as you do so-we will stick to the main road!