The tour called ‘Port Douglas in Style” caught my eye, and we were met at the Marina where Pacific Dawn was moored out at sea, by a Hummer which is a long, stretch Limousine. This one was complete with luxurious padded velvet seats and Champagne.
Everyone was fitted in and we leisurely drove through Port Douglas town seeing some very beautiful treed streets as we headed out towards Mosman and Shannonvale
Port Douglas is a town in Far North Queensland, Australia, approximately 70 km (40 mi) north of Cairns. Its permanent population was 3,205 at the time of the 2011 census. The town’s population can often double, however, with the influx of tourists during the peak tourism season May–September. The town is named in honour of former Premier of Queensland, John Douglas. Port Douglas developed quickly based on the mining industry
When the Kuranda Railway from Cairns to Kuranda was completed in 1891, the importance of Port Douglas dwindled along with its population. A cyclone in 1911 which demolished all but two buildings in the town also had a significant impact. At its nadir in 1960 the town, by then little more than a fishing village, had a population of 100.
In the late-1980s, tourism boomed in the region after investor Christopher Skase financed the construction of the Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas Resort.
Skase’s Legacy is street after street in Port Douglas lined with magnificent palm trees that he purchased fully grown and had planted. However, he is not remembered for this, despite the fact that the trees are prominent and form a major part of Port Douglas’s beauty because he relinquished payment for his investment….long memories of those not paid for their services, despite the fact that the trees remain, and so does the Resort.
Shannonvale River and picnic spot was very beautiful….someone wanted to go to the toilet so that was the end of the exploring around the river, which was picturesque and lined with trees overgrown with creepers and rainforest plants…It is a bathing spot suitable for swimming….and photographs
Out came the purple umbrella…and away we went on our way…past the Shannonvale Winery which I would have loved to visit….to Mosman and forward http://www.hummersandharleys.com.au/
https://www.shannonvalewine.com.au/ Passionfruit vineyards edge the road …grapes do not grow well in this area and wines are being made with tropical fruits and the passionfruit vineyards edge the road and were were very beautiful..
I am not too sure why we went to Cooya Beach as there was hardly any beach there….and the coconut trees that lined the beach as we drove there were beautiful…the weather was getting cloudy and we could barely see the cruise ship hanging out there on the horizon. It was the place to take some group photos…and then it was back to the Marina and the cruise ship..
Cooya Beach is a coastal suburb near the mouth of the Mossman River, 7 km north west of Port Douglas. The origin of its name is not recorded.
A township plan and formal naming were approved in 1963, but development awaited a further 30 years. Planning approvals and development proposals for a resort and a small shopping centre occurred in the mid-2000s
Although Cooya Beach might seem to be a retirement haven, it is also an out-of-town suburb for working families and has a long-day care centre. At the 2011 census Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders made up 24% of the population. Recreational activities include mud-crabbing and boating.
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