Port Douglas Adventures... Part 1

Friday 12 April 2013

After an amazing month in Sydney I headed up the coast to Port Douglas, an amazing little town an hour north of Cairns, and went to visit my friend Lynsey, who I hadn't seen in a year and a half! It was so good to see her, she and her Australian boyfriend are living in Australia and travelling around at the moment, so I had missed her so much!

I arrived in Port Douglas on Saturday and spent the first night having a catch up with Lynsey over a glass of wine. I mentioned that I really wanted to hold a koala (Queensland is the only place in the world where it's legal to hold one!) and she hit me with the amazing news that jut a twenty minute walk down the road was Port Douglas Wildlife Habitat - a beautiful zoo where the animals are free to walk around and (with the exception of the crocodiles - for obvious reasons) you can get so much closer to them than in a regular zoo.

The following morning we wandered along to the habitat in the sunshine and I had the best morning! It costs around $30 per person for entry, but once you have paid that you are given a date stamped voucher, which you sign, which allows you to come back any time in the next two days for free! The first day we had a great time exploring, it's a beautiful place with a rainford habitat, grasslands habitat and wetlands habitat, and there are the most unusual looking birds everywhere you look!

The highlight of the day for me though was the kangaroos - they were so cute! I still can't believe that a few days ago I was sitting there feeding them! We made good friends with one of them in particular, who was quite happy to sit and let me pat him, video him and take hundreds of photos of him, all in exchange for a few leaves!

I still can't believe how lucky I was to get to do that! In addition to our furry friend we saw lots of other lovely kangaroos and wallabys, including this mum with a gorgeous baby in her pouch!!

We also fed ducks, ran past an amazing bird called a Cassowary, which was as tall as us, and saw some pretty scary looking crocodiles!

That day, however, we had missed the opportunity to get a photograph with a koala - luckily enough, we had our free pass to get back the following day! So we headed back on Monday morning, and I had the absolute privelege of holding a great big koala named Samson! He was really heavy, but so cute and I think I might possibly look like the happiest person ever in the photo I had taken with him!!

Sorry for the hugely photo heavy post, but these guys are too cute not to share!! I have some brilliant vlog footage from those days, and the video is all edited and ready to go - I just need a solid wifi connection for long enough to upload it! So keep your eyes peeled for that :)

Thanks for reading guys, hope you are all well! :)


  1. Hi Lynsey wow that is amazing and you are so lucky!! You look so happy :) I just found your blog and it is so pretty xx I hope you have a good day.


    1. Aww thank you so much :) I know, I'm a lucky girl, it was such an amazing experience! xx