Paradise in Port Douglas, Queensland

One of the biggest highlights of my trip to Oz was visiting the beauty that is Port Douglas –  a small town in Queensland, around an hours drive from Cairns, and the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest.

The heart of Port Douglas is Macrossan Street, which is where you will find the majority of shops and restaurants, but the real treasure of this pretty little town is its beautiful Four Mile Beach, a quiet palm tree fringed beach with soft golden sand and just a 5 minute stroll from the main part of town.

Four Mile Beach, Port Douglas

Buried Treasure!
Pretending to bury treasure. I don’t know why!

It was while we were in Port Douglas that we got to mix with a bit of the native fauna in Australia, something I was quite eager to do. We took a day trip to The Rainforest Habitat (or The Wildlife Habitat as it’s now known), an eco tourism award winning centre committed to the conservation of native species via its Wildlife Rescue Program, situated in Port Douglas itself.

It has quite a free roaming environment, allowing you to get close to most of the animals. It was here that I photographed some beautiful birds, including the rainbow lorikeets and I also got to hand-feed wallabies and kangaroos, as well as cuddle a koala!

Rainbow Lorikeet, Port Douglas

eclectus-parrots

Australian birds

Feeding wallabies

Wildlife Habitat, Port Douglas

Feeding the birds at The Wildlife Habitat
My fan club!

mama and baby wallaby

Luckily, not all of the animals were free roaming! There were some pretty scary looking crocs lazing about in their own separate section, I mean, look at the gnashers on that!

Smiling crocodile

The Wildlife Habitat offers presentations so you can learn a little bit more about the animals in its care and as well as an up close encounter with a koala, you can also have your picture taken with a snake or a small crocodile.

I thoroughly enjoyed my day mingling with the marsupials and can’t wait to head back Down Under to meet more of Australia’s furry icons!

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