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Port Douglas and surrounds

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Not made any updates since arriving in Port Douglas, so thought I would do a quick wrap up:

We arrived at the Port O'Call lodge, which would be our home for the next 4 nights and realised we had made a good choice. Friendly staff and good facilities (although no Internet) can do a lot to make a stay more pleasant. Our first major activity was to visit a crocodile farm. This was pretty interesting, and had a number of other attractions: a crocodile show where some guy imitated Steve Irwin, a snake show (entertaining for all the wrong reasons :) and a flock of cassowaries (one for the spell checker), which are related to emus but heavier. Not too bad a time, really.

We also visited the Daintree forest and Cape Tribulation. These are world heritage listed tropical rainforests, teaming with all forms of life (including crocodiles :). The day before it had been throwing it down, so humidity in the forest was high. It also meant most creeks were flooded, offering a good spot for crocodiles to catch prey (wallabies, birds, tourists,etc.) Despite our best efforts, we were unable to find any, the closest we got being a warning sign alerting us of their presence, which we took a picture of.

The final major activity, was another snorkeling session on the Great Barrier Reef. The previous time, we had traveled to the outer reef where the water is deeper, making it more suitable for SCUBA diving. This time we went to the lower part of the reef and in particular an island formed of corals. While here, we saw around a dozen or so turtles (dude!) and hundreds of types of fish, including the Clown fish, recognisable to all as Nemo. We also managed to see a couple of sharks attack a shoal of fish. They may have only been black-tip reef sharks about 2 feet long, and the fish smaller than my finger, but we saw sharks! IMG_0879.jpg
Unlike last time at the reef, my camera had full batteries and another set spare. We did only have a couple of hundred shots remaining on the memory card, but fortunately that never became an issue.

Posted by jefranklin 08:39 Archived in Australia Tagged beaches backpacking round_the_world

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