An Awesome Aussie Adventure – Port Douglas
Onwards from Darwin we flew on to Cairns and then drove to Port Douglas on the next stage of our Aussie Adventure.
Port Douglas is the ideal starting point for families wanting to see The Great Barrier Reef and surrounds. Port Douglas is a lot smaller than I imagined it to be, but it is perfect for families with a number of resorts dotted about.
We stayed at the Pullman – Sea Temple just a few minutes drive to the centre of Port Douglas. It was a great resort with a huge pool that was the centrepiece of the resort with all of the rooms and suites facing onto the pool. The ground floor rooms have steps leading down into their own part of the pool. The upper apartments had a private a roof terrace equipped with a barbecue, sun loungers and the piece d’ resistance – a spa pool.
We were on the upper floor which suited us very well as we did not need to worry about the Bear opening the gate to the patio and getting into the pool on the lower level. We made the most of our private terrace and when the weather was getting a little cooler to be in the main pool we decamped up to our penthouse and he frolicked about in the heated spa pool instead.
We headed over to ‘ Breakfast with the birds’ one of our first mornings in Port Douglas. This takes place at a wildlife park just 5 minutes drive for our hotel. Pre-booking for breakfast is highly encouraged to ensure that you are not disappointed, but even if you do get there and the breakfast is booked up, there is still a cafe and plenty of other animals to keep you entertained.
This was great for The Bear, ‘Breakfast with the birds’ is a buffet breakfast inside the bird sanctuary where a number of exotic birds fly around and land on your table while you are eating. The rangers are also on hand to answer any questions you may have as well as conducting talks about the birds that we see. The Bear loved sharing his breakfast (not literally no bird feeding allowed) with those brightly coloured feathered friends. Me not so much, I’m not a fan of lots of swooping birds around my head, it freaks me out a bit.