What to do in Port Douglas.

Happy Sunday to you, and greetings from Far North Queensland.

We have checked out of the hotel, the kids are swimming in the pool, Mr Woog is asleep on the lounge and I have finished both of my books. So I thought I would suck on a bit of free wifi, and tell you the must to things, to do, if you ever find yourself in Port Douglas.

Let us commence.

GREAT BARRIER REEF – We were a guest of Quicksilver.

Well DER!

It is one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World alongside Grand Canyon, Harbor of Rio de Janeiro, Mount Everest, Aurora, Parícutin volcano and the Victoria Falls. And it is OURS ALL OURS.

It is very accessible from Port Douglas. We took the catamaran Wavedancer to an area known as Low Isles.

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And dance the waves we did!

It does not look it, but the sea was angry that day my friends. As we headed out of port, a huge swell swept us along. There were many crying children. After a while, there were many vomiting children, but not us. We took Kwells. *smug*

At first, I was shit scared as well. But then something came over me. I decided to be fearless, not fearful. I worked out the chances of me actually dying was very slim, so I channelled my inner Kate Winslet and sat right up the front, riding those waves and squealing with delight. My braveness was rewarded with the glorious site of a pod of dolphins, surfing along beside us. The snorkelling was not so great due to the low tide, But the fish were amazing from the glass bottom boat. And greetings to a lovely reader Rach who came up and said hi. We had the best chin wag and laugh all the way back to port.

Get yourself out to the reef. Visit Quicksilver for more details.

EAT

Getting a table at the more popular restaurants is like a competitive sport. There were many attempts to get into busy spots like Harrisons and Salsa, but they basically laughed at us. So we lucked in occasionally with a good meal, and struck out here and there with some shockers. The service was good, the prices were high, so my advice to you, if you are coming up to PD is to do your research and book in advance.

My top spots which I can recommend are as follows.

The Little Larder – Best sandwiches made by proper chefs. I loved it so much, I am off to down the pulled pork but soon. I know, it is a sandwich restaurant, but it is fucking brilliant.

Port Douglas Surf Club – Great menu, good value, nice setting on the beach. Casual, prompt service. What is not to love?

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Sublime – The restaurant within Peppers, where we are staying was fab. Chicken cacciatore and a great steak. Every place here seems to have kids menus, but Sublime also had a big screen, showing The Lego Movie. And as we had had a huge day out, it was just what the doctor ordered.

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On the Inlet –  A bucket of prawns and a schooner for $20? Thank you very much, And come 5pm on en evening, as the sun starts to sink, you can watch George the Groper come in from the sea for his daily feed.

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Bucci – Another place that I got laughed at when I suggested to them that I would like to give them money, in exchange for food. The Manager was extraordinarily arrogant, telling me that they were the best restaurant on the whole of the COUNTRY and were always fully booked. I asked him, if we ate during bambini hour and promised to buy both a cocktail and a whole bottle of wine, and be out in an hour, perhaps he could allow me to be the judge of that?

Reluctantly, he agreed. But told me that if we were more than thirty minutes late, he would give away our table.

So we arrived ON THE DOT at FIVE O”CLOCK to find the place less than half full.

Strange.

But the food. That food! It was worth putting up with all the bullshit that went along with actually trying to taste it. Bucci, your food is fabulous. Your manager, not so much. Charlie the waitress was the best.

QT Bazaar – As expected, loud, fun, funky and fast. The kids took one look at the ping pong tables, shoved a few slices of made to order pizza into their gobs and took off, leaving Mr Woog and myself to devour tasting plates, fresh seafood and beautiful salads. Go here on your first night.

Four Mile Beach

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Four Mile beach is a beach that is four miles long.

It is also pretty fabulous. Lined with palm trees, you know you are in the tropics when you are swimming in the ocean in the middle of July. Spend the $20 and get two cushioned lounge chairs with an umbrella. The sun will fry your hide pretty quickly. Spend another $5 and rent an inner tube to take out to the gentle surf. You can easily spend a whole day on this beach.

Resort

We stayed at The Peppers Beach Club and were delighted with our choice. The rooms were huge and modern, with a living room kitchen scenario, two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a large balcony with a huge spa.

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It had a BBQ and both an inside and outdoor dining setting so if you wanted to save a bit of coin, you could do some self catering. The pool was a beach lagoon situation and even as I type, the kids have been in there for over an hour. Speaking of kids, it is chockas at the moment, as school holidays come to an end. This is great as the kids have made heaps of mates.

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Peppers Beach Club is also a stones throw to the centre of the action, which means you do not have to rely on taxis or shuttle buses to get you around. It is also just a block back from the beach.

“WHO COULD ASK FOR ANYTHING MORE!”

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Not me, Ethel Waters!

But mainly I just hung out with the mysterious Mr Woog, who read books, ate prawns and drank beers with the vigour and diligence of a man ten years younger. He also looks about ten years younger after the break.

And of course these two. Horatio was on FIRE with his one liners. Far too many to share.

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So that is it. Port Douglas, thanks for turning it on for the Woogs.

I wonder where to next.

Any suggestions?