Plot Twist – Port Douglas Staycation
With two weeks off work, Conor and I had been planning a camping trip for some time, even purchasing an awesome new tent, second awning for the car, and a huge esky. However, disaster struck and our car radiator developed a leak. There was no chance of repairing the car in time as we had to wait for the part to arrive, so in an unexpected turn of events we spent two weeks off work in Port Douglas.
I love Port Douglas, however it can be a little difficult to make the most of a staycation with no car and a low budget. Here are some of the lovely things we got up to during our time off.
Bottomless Brunch at Cafe Fresq
We had visited Cafe Fresq just once before for a tasty breakfast, however they recent began to offer a bottomless brunch deal – $35 for one item off the bottomless brunch menu, and unlimited mimosas, Bloody Mary’s, or coronas. There’s a choice of about 6 food items, however we both opted for Eggs Benedict which was delicious. There’s a time limit of 1.5 hours, so three mimosas later it was 1:00pm, and we headed home. Sitting in the pool slightly tipsy in the middle of the day really made it feel like I was on holiday.
Port Douglas Business and Tourism Awards
This annual event celebrates the best businesses in the Port Douglas area. We had a lovely evening at Hemingways Brewery celebraring with friends.
Parma Night at Paddy’s
I feel that it’s not ok to cook every night on holiday, so with a low budget parma night seemed like a perfect solution. Every Wednesday evening at Paddy’s chicken parma’s are only $10, and they’re delicious.
The Great Barrier Reef with Quicksilver
We always love a day out on the reef, and we felt that it was time we tried the original Great Barrier Reef tour company of Port Douglas. They take a huge boat out to a pontoon at the Agincourt Reef, where you can snorkel, dive, take a short trip on a semi-submersible boat, and see the reef from an underwater viewing platform whilst staying dry. It was a unique reef trip with plenty to offer, especially for those who want to see the reef without getting wet. We did a snorkel tour with a marine biologist, and loved the 25-minute semi-submersible trip. The hot and cold lunch buffet was also delicious.
Dinner at On the Inlet
After a day of swimming with the marine life of the reef, we headed to one of the best restaurants in Port Douglas for some seafood. We started with the garlic prawn hot pot and the calamari, which were both incredible. Next Conor had a whole baby barramundi, and I had a tuna special, along with a lovely bottle of Pinot Grigio. Whilst the dessert menu was tempting, we decided to stop at the Gelati Bar for gelato on the way home.
Happy hour at the Surfie
The Port Douglas Surf Club overlooks the beach, offering amazing views. Happy hour lasts from 3-5pm, and with the discount it was just $10.80 per round. Since we were on holidays, we stayed for a few at these amazing prices.
Bushfire fundraiser at Central
We went to a concert at Central, which was raising money for the bushfire crisis sweeping Australia right now. It was a beautiful afternoon to sit out in the beer garden, listen to local musicians, and sink some beers. We even won a $50 voucher for local cafe Monkey Joe’s in the raffle.
Breakfast at Monkey Joe’s
A couple of days after winning our voucher, we headed to Monkey Joe’s for breakfast, having never been before. Once again we both had the Eggs Benedict, which was lovely, and a tasty milkshake.
We finally got the car back with just a couple of days to go until we returned to work, so we headed to the Cairns Aquarium which we had heard wonderful things about. It was amazing to see and learn about the diverse marine life of the rivers, reef, rainforest, and ocean surrounding the Cairns/ Port Douglas region. Our favourite part was the Coral Sea exhibit, which featured a huge tank with sharks, rays, and lots more swimming all around us and even over us.
These were just some of the highlights. It shows that even though we live here, and didn’t have access to a vehicle, we could still have a nice staycation in Port Douglas. Back to work tomorrow, and five shifts until Christmas!