Friday, 31 October 2014

From the sunbed - Far North Queensland


I have not done much cooking over the last couple of days but we have done quite a bit of eating and drinking. Holidays are such wonderful things!
We  rose on Wednesday at the ungodly hour of 3.30am, left home at 4.30am and after a brisk walk across the Tarmac at Tullamarine  board the plane at 5.30am and flew north to Cairns arriving at 9.30am Queensland time (no daylight savings here). Another hours drive north by bus along the idyllic coastline to Port Douglas and into the grounds of the Sheraton mirage resort. Ah... A deep breath .....it's like coming home it is so familiar to us.. It means relax, completely chill and do nothing for the next 10 days, except whatever we want at a slow tropical pace. Over the last decade it is one of our most favourite places to holiday without having to leave the mainland.
The Sheraton Mirage was built on the shoreline of Four Mile Beach by the infamous Christopher Skase back in the 70s, it spreads over acres of beautiful tropical gardens, villas built within the  18 hole golf course, and crystal clear man-made swimming lagoons surround the hotel itself. Back in the 70s it was THE places for the rich and famous to holiday. Now days the huge hotel is in need of a makeover, it is a little tired in places and the maintenance and upkeep would be never ending. But the grandeur the vision and design of the resort is timeless and there is nothing like it in Port Douglas. And I have to say we love it even though some of it is a little dated.

Over the years we have done all the tourist things, been out to the Great Barrier Reef, on the Quick Silver, down in the glass bottom boat to view the coral and fish life, up in a helicopter to view the Daintree and reef from above and down the Inlet through the mangroves in a flat bottom tinnie to capture a glimpse of the crocs that survive in the warm tributaries. So now days our main focus is on sun,swim and where to eat, and there are plenty of those.