a sunny autumn morn in Port Douglas

Yes, it’s me again. For a while, Maria dominated the blog with her (relatively) regular updates while I was snowed under with building Cairns Unlimited. Well, Maria’s family and friends will be upset to hear that she has become busier and busier with the Spanish side of our business, www.visitaraustralia.com

She is forever giving advice to visiting Spaniards (and Spanish-speaking South Americans) and whenever possible she likes to meet up with them when they’re in Cairns

It’s cloudy and damp today, but we have had some beautiful weather over the last couple of weeks - cool nights opening into warm, sunny days - and Sunday was no exception. I had to get up early to deliver a Digital Underwater Camera to one of the backpackers hostels in Cairns but as soon as that was done, we jumped into the Cairnsunlimitedmobile and headed north to Port Douglas.

It was market day in Port Douglas, and Maria and I both enjoy wandering the markets of Tropical North Queensland; sampling the local fare and browsing the unique and interesting souvenirs, handcrafts and artwork for sale.

Global Backpackers have recently rebranded their three Tropical North Queensland backpackers hostels under the one banner; Global Central (previously Global Palace) and Global Waterfront (previously International Hostel) - both in Cairns - plus Global Port Douglas. Their Port Douglas hostel is located right on the main street, above Rattle and Hum restaurant, and from the photo looks like a pretty chilled out place to stay.

There is a great range of accommodation in Port Douglas, from budget motels to luxurious resorts and spacious holiday apartments and homes. Here’s a few snapshots of some of the apartment style holiday accommodation available in Port Douglas, perfect for travelling families…


This pleasant little seaside town is a favourite among the rich and famous, and the local radio station is going crazy today with sightings of Australian singer and celebrity Natalie Bassingthwaighte around Port Douglas. But we didn’t see her on Sunday. We did notice something strange around Port Douglas markets though…

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