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Australia: Day 7 — Port Douglas

Well, today was basically a “recover from the horrendous travel of yesterday” day. I’m getting too old for this!

I didn’t arrive at the hotel room until 2:00AM Australia time, and the second half of the trip was horrid: the second three-hour flight. Not only was it running terribly late, but it was also the most turbulent flight on which I’ve ever flown. Walking back from the toilet to my seat on the plane was absolutely dangerous, and the pilot had not turned on the fasten seat belt sign. (I don’t think he ever turned it on!) The turbulence was so bad our flight was rerouted. Good grief, what must it have been on the normal route?!

After sleeping in, almost missing breakfast (There was a 30 minute time change, yes 30 minutes, and the clock in the room was inaccurate.), and doing laundry (the half way point), it was off to the rain forest. The landscape here is breath taking: ocean on one side and dramatic, cloud capped mountains on the other with fields of very tall (probably in the 10-12 foot range) grass in between.

Actually, going to breakfast here at the Sheraton was like an adventure in the rain forest. The vegetation, waterfalls, and streams are beautiful. The hotel is nicely done, from the 70s (I think Australia had a big 70’s building spree for the tourism industry.).

But the rain forest itself is very dense and lush. We walked a trail along a small river flowing down from the mountains above. Beautiful. Large plants growing on the trees and high up in their branches.

While sunset was rather invisible, with the dense cloud cover, the view along the inlet where the restaurant is, is indeed fantastic. The food was also great.

Hotel Leaf

4 Mile Beach
4 Mile Beach
4 Mile Beach Bicyclist
4 Mile Beach Bicyclist
Sand Critter on the 4 Mile Beach
Sand Critter on the 4 Mile Beach
Sheraton Mirage Hotel Waterfall
Sheraton Mirage Hotel Waterfall
Heading Out to the Rainforest in Port Douglas
Heading Out to the Rainforest in Port Douglas
Rain Forest Walk at Mossman Gorge
Rain Forest Walk at Mossman Gorge
Mountain River at Mossman Gorge
Mountain River at Mossman Gorge
Cloud-Capped Mountain in the Mossman Rainforest
Cloud-Capped Mountain in the Mossman Rainforest
Looking Out into the Rainforest
Looking Out into the Rainforest

 

Fighting for Sunlight in the Rainforest
Fighting for Sunlight in the Rainforest

 

View at Dinner in Port Douglas
View at Dinner in Port Douglas