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Well, we’re back in the country but I’m still slightly in holiday mode. So I thought I’d share some of the photos we took while visiting various places near Port Douglas (in northern Queensland) – I’ll write some ‘serious’ stuff about things we saw over the next few days.

Both of us enjoy a swim in the sea – but it wasn’t a good idea around Port Douglas. Not only were there ‘stinger’ warnings in force, & stinger nets on the beaches (which rather restricted the space available), but of course there are saltwater crocodiles in the area as well.

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Fortunately our hotel had not one but four beautiful swimming pools – & hardly any other guests. We were spoilt for choice!

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 We took the opportunity to do ‘touristy’ things, including a wonderful scenic train ride (in restored carriages but alas! pulled by a diesel rather than a steam engine) up to Kuranda:

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But we also did ‘science-y’ things, including an excellent guided trip through parts of the Daintree National Park. This included a river cruise during which we looked for crocodiles (successfully, but my photos aren’t up to much) & also spotted white-lipped tree frogs in the mangroves. The one in this photo was about 14cm long.

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Our guide told us he saw cassowaries reasonably often; while only about 1500 of these lovely but dangerous birds survive in the wild, 150 or so live in the Daintree. But the warning signs (& fresh droppings on the road) were the closest we got that day :-(

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The local graffiti artist takes considerable liberties with the road signs. The upper one here was orignally for a speed bump…

And of course we still found time for those stunning sunrises on the beach.

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