1 Sep

We left Cooktown and headed South along the East coast. First stop was Port Douglas. Port Douglas has a great vibe and we got the last spot in a caravan park about a kilometre from town. It was great to be able to ride our bikes in and hang out at the beach, collecting coconuts and jumping the first waves we’ve seen in a while.


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We continued South towards Cairns and headed for what was rumoured to be the best caravan park in Australia. We had planned to lash out here and have a bit of a holiday (ha!). We weren’t disappointed… 2 pools, a spa, a water park, 2 jumping pillows, tennis court, playground, table tennis, mini golf, free movies on the grass each night, a gym, pedal cars… seriously unreal. We set up camp for a week leading up to the much-anticipated arrival of our friends the Rose’s.

Cairns esplanade is also great. It has a lagoon style pool and a kids playground water park a bit further on. We hung out there for a couple of days when we weren’t running a muck in the van park.



We were lucky to have a couple of travelling friends staying at the park with us, and there has been plenty of time to hang with mates. Sad to say bye to the Harpers today though.  We also went to visit some friends who were staying at the same resort which we stayed in 4 years ago with Darren’s mum before she died. Funny to see that place again – brought back some good memories.


We took a day trip out to Green Island, went for a cruise on the glass bottom boat and snorkelled as a family again. Archie is such a champion snorkeller now, he takes off after fish and loves pointing out different types of fish that he knows. Yes – he can even shout under water!




We had a bit of a night out at a cool  pub in town. The kids played chasey on the grass as we sat back sipping our drinks and watching the yachts come in. Times are definitely changing! Ice cream even kept them at bay as we visited the night markets and got a cheap chinese massage.


We also stumbled into a late night yoga or Zumba class and joined them for their warms down.


It had been a few weeks since we’d seen a waterfall, so we headed to a secret Cairns spot called Crystal Cascades. We did a nice walk along the rapids but the water was a bit cold for a swim, the kids opting to come back to the van park pool.


The Rose’s have arrived and we are all very happy. Looking forward to a week with them as we explore the reef and the Daintree before we continue South.


3 Responses to “The GBR”

  1. Matt September 2, 2013 at 12:42 am #

    Lekker! Great that you got to Green Island – what did you think of the coral damage? The weather looks so nice, it may be years before we experience warmth again.

  2. Jenny September 2, 2013 at 10:22 am #

    Thanks so much for writing your blog, Miff and Darren – I really enjoy hearing about your adventures! Your kids look so happy and gorgeous!… as do you! – Jenny

  3. Lissa Bingham September 2, 2013 at 4:50 pm #

    I agree with Jenny, it’s been so lovely to read your blog about your adventures, makes me smile every time, and long to do some Australian exploring myself.

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