Friday, 27 January 2017

Further North in Far North Queensland. Australia.

On a misty rainy day we headed north for a drive to Port Douglas.

Port Douglas is a town on the Coral Sea in the tropical far north of Queensland, Australia. It's known for its beach resorts and as one of the bases for visits to both the Great Barrier Reef, the world's largest reef system, and Daintree National Park, home to biodiverse rainforest.

The town's population can often double, however, with the influx of tourists during the peak tourism season May–September. (Winter)

In November 1996 United States President Bill Clinton and First Lady chose the town as their only holiday stop on their historic visit to Australia. When dining at a local restaurant they witnessed a couple's wedding certificate. On a return visit on 11 September 2001, the then ex-President was again dining at the Salsa Bar and Grill, a local restaurant, when he was advised of the 11 September attacks.
Wikipedia.




4 Mile Beach






A walkway to the lookout from the beach.


If you drive to the lookout this is the view of 4 mile beach.


This is one of the buildings at the bottom of the hill.


59 comments:

  1. Boa tarde, depois de apreciar as suas belas fotos que mostram na perfeição a beleza, não fico admirado por Bill Clinton ter escolhido passar e desfrutar do que é lindo.
    AG

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    1. interesting to note he returned so he must have enjoyed it the first time..

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    1. beautiful long beach but not the best for swimming due to creatures of the sea...lifeguards are there though.

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  3. Has managed, wonderful pictures in this beautiful place.

    Kisses

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  4. Awesome photos, of another place I would love to visit one day

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  5. A beautiful place. And the numbers of people on the beach look about right to me.

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    1. not crowded expect in spring and autumn more people...summer, don't know what but i expect those that brave the tropical heat plus stingers etc.

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  6. By the look of that map, I bet you drove within a few kilometres of my home town, Tooraweenah in NSW.

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  7. A great place to spend the winter.
    Merle.....................

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  8. We were only there briefly and it is forever associated in my mind with the late Christopher Skase. It does look like a good place to stay and explore.

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    1. oh i totally forget about him!
      we stayed in an apartment for 2 weeks there once....was lovely

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  9. I recall the Clinton's visits. I believe that Bill did away with the ever
    present "security men with the walkie-talkie wrist watches" a la comic man,
    Dick Tracey.
    They certainly just mingled like everyday tourists up there much to the consternation of their security people and why not?
    That look-out area and the mansions up there are something out of this World.
    Ah yes Port Douglas likes up to its name - "the home of the rich and the famous" and did you note the number of backpackers from all over the World who work up there in paradise in the hospitality industry on their 47A visas. What a paid holiday they have !!!!!!
    I think President Bush Snr and his good lady wife also visited up there in his Presdidency years and then for a private holiday.
    Cheers
    Colin

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    1. Ooops - "Port Douglas LIVES up it is name".
      Got carried away with the aura of the place - ha ha.
      Colin

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    2. Seems they the Clinton's felt safe in the Port Douglas area.
      Lots of those backpackers up the far north, work and pay for part of their holiday...

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  10. thanks for sharing these--- Another really enjoyable post.

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  11. Your pictures are unbelievably beautiful. And You Were There!

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    1. Thank you Martin - it's a nice area and yes, I was there.

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  12. It's so beautiful. I like the walkway to the lookout. I always get Port Douglas confused with a NSW Port that's also a holiday destination.

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    1. Photos of the other Port will be coming later.
      Interesting walkway and would a good view coming down it.

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  13. loved the building how nice it is .
    your photos are so introductory and show the detail about area so well.
    loved this wonderful area !

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    1. Lovely scenery, all scenes are nice in their own way no matter what it is.

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  15. No wonder he spent time there. It looks wonderful.

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  16. Sounds like the Clintons like Australia:)
    Enjoy the rest of your weekend, M-w:)

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    1. Well they did like it back then..
      Thanks and hoping you are having a good weekend too.

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  17. I think that Bill and Hillary might be more popular in Australia than they are in the USA!

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    1. Who knows about there popularity these days in Australia, have no idea but they did like Port Douglas it seems the two times they visited.

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  18. Lovely beach. I don't see here such a long water.

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    1. We can look at the sea and see infinity - the sky meets the sea and it's lovely because you wonder what's beyond.

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    1. Good beach but it's hot there both summer and winter.

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  20. It is really is a beautiful part of Australia.

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    1. Very beautiful and so different from the southern states.

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  21. Your winter looks a lot different them ours do.
    Coffee is on

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    1. I'm sure it does, but remember we were in the tropics in winter.

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  22. I had forgotten that Bush was the President at the time of 9/11. Did you get a chance to visit the Great Barrier Reef?

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    1. Haven't visited the Great Barrier Reef. From what others have told us it's not the best near Cairns, more colour further south.

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  23. An acquaintance of mine, Margaret Thorsborne - I originally met Margaret when I was managing the then resort on Hinchinbrook Island - (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margaret_Thorsborne) met Clinton during his 1996 visit. I was managing a motel in Cardwell at the time.

    At the time Margaet lived in a cottage in the Edmund Kennedy Natural Park just north of Cardwell. Because of all her environmental work she and her late husband, Arthur, had done National Parks said she could live there until her death; and upon that sad time, it would revert to National Parks. Sadly, it was wiped out by Cyclone Yasi.

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    1. That's interesting Lee...and what a pity it was gone after the cyclone - they do such dreadful devastation at times.
      Thanks for the link, read it :)

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