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Day trips

We are going to Port Douglas in March and I am wondering if I need to make reservations now for the day trips to the rain forest,snokling and etc. Or should I wait until I get to our Hotel? Also how is the weather in March?

Thanks!

Selena

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1. Re: Day trips

The weather will still be hot and humid, so coming out of Wisconsin (Ya, Sure) winters you will be very pleased with the temps.

Pack for warm days, warm nights in the northern tropics, and warm days with cooler nights in Sydney, if stopping over.

I always suggest, if there is something you really have on your wish list, make an advance booking so not to be disappointed. If you are OK with choosing options, wait until you arrive to make your reservations. Honestly, you won't pay any less for waiting but you may find an option that you didn't know about previously.

If you let us know what your have on your wish list, maybe we can suggest preferred operators.

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2. Re: Day trips

We would like to go to the Great Barrier Reef, but my father in law does not swim so I am not sure what we should do about that, cause I want to snorkle....The rainforest, the train and skyrail. Are there others that you suggest? We have 8 days to explore...

Also my husband and I would like to rent motorcycles or dirt bikes for a day is there somewhere near PD that we can do that? Is it rainy in March??

Thanks so much for your help!

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3. Re: Day trips

Yes, will still be at the end of summer(rainy season) but will come in bursts and not rain all day like with monsoons. Sunny one moment and showers the next.

Don't know of dirt bikes, but there is a 4WD ATV rental company called Blazing Saddles- not sure how good they are but seem to be a great half day tour. You will have to check on pick ups from Port Douglas - I know they do Cairns hotels, but unsure on PD

Check on Quicksilver from Port Douglas. They will have a permanent platform on the reef, as well as underwater viewing center and semi submursibles for dad, then you can snorkel until you are wrinkeled!

The boats are big, but with dad, this may be a good option for you. Wavelenght is smaller but does not offer the platform, and for a non-water-baby, this is a good option.

What else to do - try Breakfast with the Birds at the Rainforest Habitat in PD.

A nice day trip to Daintree with Pete Baxendall

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4. Re: Day trips

Thanks for your reply!

Do you know how long you are on the boat before you get to the reef? Sea Sick!!! Also maybe with Dad not being a swimmer should we go to an island and snorkle from there or doing it off the boat is better.

Do have any info on the train and sky rail? Is it neat? Daintree and tribulane are they a must see?

Who is Peter and what can he do for us?

Have you ever been to the states?

Also we are flying Qantas, Do you know much about the airline?

I am VERY excited to visit Austraila even thought the flight is 18 hours...Its a dream come true and I want to make sure I see as much as I can.

You have been a great help!

Selena

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5. Re: Day trips

Hope you don't mind my joining in.

Most of the trips out to the reef take about an hour on average to get to the site. (obviously this will depend on the patricular tour). Whilst being island based sounds good the snorkelling and coral viewing is not of very good quality in comparison to the outer reef itself. One of the advantages of not prebooking can be the ability to choose the reef trip based on the weather. Think about taking motion sickness meds about 45 mins before your trip. They usually also have them on board.

Rainforest trips are less dependent on low winds although if it absolutely pours the road to cape tribulation can be cut off. Just over an hour to cape Trib from port D but on a tour it's lots of stop start so not too bad.

The Skyrail and train are a nice day out and if you like to shop make sure you pick a day when the markets are on..Fridays and Sundays are definites..can't remember which other days (not Saturday).

Prebooking Skyrail and train (about 45mins from Port D) is the only way to go as it gets very crowded and you get guaranteed seating on the day of choice. it can be done as little as the day before.

Qantas service (at least to me) seems to be better than AA and United but this can depend on the flight crew you get. All service including alcohol is included in the ticket. Make sure you look at www.seatguru.com to choose a spot you like and then request it now! The best seats are allocated to Frequent Flyers and then a certain number before the flight..the rest are left for check in.

have a great trip..

(PS BFLF..also lives in the staes!)

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6. Re: Day trips

Hi All,

And I hope that noone minds my five cents worth also..

Have been away for a couple of days and will need to catch up.

Markets at Kuranda are Thursday, Friday Saturday and Sunday and yes,as previously stated go on one of those days preferably, as I think you'll be bored if you chose the other days.

Quicksilver, would be a must on this occasion, only because you can all go together to the Outer Reef and everyone will enjoy the experience together,even though they are a very large operation.

Motorbikes to hire are available in Port Douglas,there is a company called Port Douglas Motorbike and Sccoter Hire and they'll be able to assist you with different size bikes.

Blazing Saddles are now closed and I believe are moving their operation to Kuranda somewhere and won't be open for operation for a little while.

A Daintree tour is another experience not to be missed. Peter Blaxendell is great as are companies like Gary's Safaris and Tony's Tropical Tours. All have been around for years and depending on what you would like to get out of the tour, the companies offer slightly different tours.

With 8 days, I would also consider renting a hire car and travelling to the Tablelands for a day,where you can get a taste of a little outback as well as fertile cattle land as well as wineries, coffee plantations, National Parks to mention a few.

There is so much to do in this area and depending on your budget and far you want to travel, you can venture west as far as the Undara Lava Tubes.Well worth a visit.

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7. Re: Day trips

Sorry to confuse you, Markets at Kuranda are Wednesday, Thursday Friday and Sunday, none on Saturday.

Port Douglas has local markets on Sunday each week.

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8. Re: Day trips

A little market runs on saturday but only worth about 10 mins.... the confectionary shop will keep you entertained longer..

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9. Re: Day trips

Whew - thanks all - that list would have worn this old fish out!

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Here is the info on Pete's Tours

www.daintree-specialised-tours.com or www.nqhit.com.au

DAINTREE SPECIALISED TOURS Port Douglas Australia rainforest bushwalks and 4WD safari tours of the Daintree Cape Tribulation Rainforest or the Australian Outback are highly praised, with groups generally consisting of repeat and referred guests. "Highly Recommended!" by Frommer's Travel Guide: "A company that provides an excellent, gently adventurous alternative is Pete Baxendell's Daintree Specialised Tours. On a day-long bushwalk into a tract of privately owned rainforest with Pete, a naturalist and professional tour guide, you taste green ants (be brave, it's quite an experience) and other native "bush tucker," discover how to rustle up a toothbrush from a shrub if you forgot to pack yours, learn about bush medicine and the wildlife around you, and clamber up a stream to a waterfall. He takes a maximum 6 people at a time...also charter for a "go anywhere" adventure

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