A Morning in Port Douglas

Goin’ Cruising #7

Day Five – Port Douglas

Port Douglas is the gateway to the World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest and, even on a sunny morning, the distant mountains are dark with a dense covering of forest. We’ve been to the rainforest before so this time we stayed in town.

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Our walk began from the Reef Marina, where small boats were moored alongside luxury yachts and fishing trawlers.

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It was a short walk around the waterfront to Market Park and the Church of St Mary’s by the Sea. Inside the church, the window behind the altar created a real life artwork.

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Leafy Macrossan Street begins at the end of the park. This bustling street is lined with souvenir shops, cafés and pubs and we wandered along, stopping on the way to admire local arts and crafts.

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Macrossan Street leads to the Esplanade and the northern end of Four Mile Beach. Our goal was Flagstaff Hill, where an easy walking track leads up and over the summit to Trinity Bay Lookout.

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From here, the view was breathtaking: Four Mile Beach curving away to the distant mountain range, Pacific Dawn resting at anchor in the Coral Sea and beyond her, the fringes of the Great Barrier Reef showing dark blue on the horizon.

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We continued walking down the other side of Flagstaff Hill, past luxury homes hidden behind tropical gardens. We envied their million dollar views and debated which home we would buy should we ever win the lottery.

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At the bottom of the hill we left our daydreams behind and joined the tourist crowd on Macrossan Street. We retraced our steps back to the marina, where a little orange tender was waiting to carry us back to the ship in time for a well-earned lunch.

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40 thoughts on “A Morning in Port Douglas

  1. It does look so lovely ET – and with your own million dollar cruise liner waiting for you beyond the breakwater – who needs a posh house? This is such a great way to see the coastal areas of your huge country.

  2. I wish you’d stop taking me to such horrible places, Carol! 🙂 I tell you what- you carry on. I’ll stay in this one 🙂 Some of the best photos I’ve ever seen on your site are right there.
    Thanks for the link, hon.

  3. We stayed in Port Douglas in 2003 – a sort of pre-honeymoon. We stayed in the YH and it was fab. Walked along that beach, walked up that hill. Saw those views. Watched the huge fruit bats coming in to roost in the evening, ate huge steaks and drank bright green health juice! Ah, the memories! If I could live in any place in the world I think I would choose Port Douglas. With the millions of course 🙂

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  5. I broke two metatarsals in Port Douglas so I missed most of this 😦 I recognise Macrossan Street which us where the doctor’s surgery was. I keep promising myself to go back to Queensland. Someday.

  6. This looks like a lovely place – I can see why you might want to have your million dollar mansion just there! When you do win the lottery and build your home, I think you will have to have a great many guest rooms judging by the comments here. 🙂

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  8. I’ve never been to a church by the sea before, what an amazing view from inside. I so wanted to visit Port Douglas when I was in Oz, but we didn’t have the time to. It’s stunning

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