The Port Douglas Bucket List

Now this has got to be one of the most difficult “bucket lists ” to ever put together, there is just so much to see and do in the town let alone the region.

Lets have a try…

  1. Get out on the great barrier reef, scuba or snorkel on the outer reef with Calypso.
  2. Sunset cruise to the low isles with Sailaway
  3. Swim at Mossman Gorge
  4. Evening sunset picnic on Rex Smeal park
  5. A game of golf at either the links or Mirage country club course
  6. Visit the Sunday Port Douglas Markets and meet Pla at Play Love Alive
  7. Take on a day trip up to the Daintree and Cape Tribulation
  8. An early morning walk along the legendary 4 Mile Beach
  9. Go up to Flagstaff hill and take in the views
  10. Enjoy a helicopter trip out to Mossman Gorge, over port Douglas village and out to the reef and back.

And thats only some of it, a visit to the cooler climate Julaten, the Mossman Markets, Wonga Beach, Crocodile spotting on the Port Douglas Inlet or a visit to Hartleys plus the numerous other activities over the Daintree, Whatever Port DOuglas is the ideal place to launch your Far North Queensland holiday

For all of these activities and more visit: Port Douglas Tour Desk

Luxury Thredbo Accommodation at Bundaleer

Get 10% off our most popular chalet on this 3 night midweek stay arriving Sunday 31st July and departing Wednesday 3rd August. 5 bedrooms, sleeps ten and is a sensation to stay at.

Bundaleer is a luxury ski lodge style chalet exquisitely presented in the heart of the Woodridge area of Thredbo on Mountain Drive.
It has been substantially renovated in 2015 in 5 star style and quality. It is ideal for large families or groups, with five bedrooms and three bathrooms.

There is a modern lodge style kitchen, brand new with all the appliances to cook up a storm, with space for 10 to dine comfortably.

Thredbo Accommodation at Bundaleer


Port Douglas Markets are on every Sunday at Anzac Park from 8am to around 1pm and offer a delightful mix of local art, craft, souvenirs and fresh produce..

In 1998 the then Port Douglas Council decided that the Port Douglas Sunday Market would be a “Cotters Market”, thereby ensuring that goods offered for sale were made by the stallholder.Wander down the central shopping precinct at Macrossan Street and you will be amazed simply by the variety, quality and volume that will delight for hours of browsing or buying. The location is picturesque with the mountain ranges and Coral Sea in the background. Established almost 25 years ago, Port Douglas Sunday Markets provide locally produced food, fruit and veggies as well original arts and crafts, jewellery, pottery, tropical clothing, fruit and vegetables, glassware, books, homemade foods, unique Australian goods, souvenirs and more

The markets are a great place to find scores of interesting items. Locals come from all over the Far North to sell their products to inquisitive tourists and locals alike. Here you’ll find .

From the sprawling seaside Port Douglas markets every Sunday morning to specialty Port Douglas shopping boutiques, leisure retail stores and Port Douglas art galleries, shopping in Port Douglas will be hard to resist! Whether you’re searching for new swimwear, locally made and exclusive artwork, jewellery, designer clothing, or just a small souvenir.

Boutiques, souvenir shops and Indigenous arts and crafts abound side by side with designer labels.  You’ll be entertained as well as intrigued by the goods on display at the local markets with a chance to go home with a souvenir bought direct from the maker.

If you want to venture further afield and have a keen interest on local produce, the Mossman Markets are the place to be.  Located under the canopy of the awe-inspiring rain trees and next to the historic St. David’s Anglican church, here you will meet the locals who have been farming and living in this region for generations. Purchase giant exotic fruits, vegetables and lush herbs and spices – all grown with the help of the tropics.  Here, the earlybird catches the worm, so make sure you get here before midday every Saturday.

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Thredbo Bucket List

As Thredbo is a place of two seasons, distinctly green and white or summer and winter here are two sets lists for your must do in Thredbo, the Thredbo Bucket List

Thredbo in Summer

  1. Walk to Mt Kosciusko from the top of Eagles Nest
  2. Ride the cannonball on a mountain bike down the mountain
  3. BBQ by the Thredbo river with the family and look for a platypus
  4. Drive up to dead horse gap, down to Khancoban, across to Cabramurra ( australia highest town ) back on the snowy mountains highway into Berridale and then back to Thredbo via Jindabyne
  5. Swim in a mountain rockpool, ( ask the locals )
  6. Play golf at Australia’s highest golf course, remember ” your balls go further in Thredbo”
  7. Catch the Kosciuszko chairlift to Eagles Nest
  8. The Thredbo blues Festival in mid January
  9. Visit the Wild Brumby “snappery” on the Alpine Way
  10. Ride a bike around the village!

Thredbo in Winter

  1. Ski the Crackenback Supertrail
  2. Swim in a mountain rockpool — its slightly cooler than summer
  3. Lunch at Kareela Hutte
  4. Morning coffee at Eagles Nest
  5. Watch the Saturday evening fireworks and flare run from the Thredbo hotel bistro balcony
  6. find a stash of Thredbo powder
  7. Ski in the Thredbo ” Top to Bottom” from the top of Karels back to the village”
  8. Drinks at the Apres Bar listening to Mark Travers
  9. Walk the alpine way when its snowing to Dead Horse Gap
  10. Enjoy a swim at the leisure centre

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Snowy Mountains Report

Yes this week the snow we await every season has been delivered just a couple of days past the winter solstice.. peculiar eh !

Anyhow all ski resorts around Australia are now gearing up for what will hopefully be a ” monster year “.

In the early hours of Friday the 24th over 40 cm’s of the white fluffy stuff descended upon the ski resort of Thredbo delivering a godsend for the thousands whose its livelihood depends upon.

Even the emu of theAlpine Way jumped out of the fields to celebrate.

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Although no snow we had an absolute ball in our very comfortable accommodation.  Kids got to ride the chairlift to the snow and for our 2 nieces who hadn’t seen the white stuff they thoroughly enjoyed it with the youngest carrying a snowball all the way down the mountain walk to our accommodation where she iced her sister.


Valley Close Thredbo 2625

For Bookings Call 02 64577365

Mossman Markets – held every Saturday

The Mossman Markets are held every Saturday morning under the shade of towering raintrees in park area of the historic St. David’s Church Mossman just 15 minutes north of Port Douglas.

Come along to the Mossman Markets and purchase fresh local produce straight from the farm or local hobbyist, from the shores of the ocean to the Atherton Tablelands and you will be amazed at what you will see. It’s where the locals shop. There are many stalls with beautiful local organic produce including tropical and exotic fruits, coffee that Australia produces, vegetables and herbs and spices and handcrafted items. Come enjoy this relaxed country market with locals and visitors positioned under the shady canopy of the huge Raintrees and next to the historic St David’s Church Mossman in Far North Queensland just 15 minutes north of Port Douglas.

If you want to mingle with the locals and understand just how diverse this part of the country is, this is the market for you. There are cake stalls, hand made children’s clothing, plants and lovely arts and crafts and you can relax with a massage afterwards. More at

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I vowed several years ago never to fly this lot again however to attend a funeral in Canberra today i purchased two business class tickets on the international flight from Osaka to Sydney that stops into Cairns on its way. So travelling Cairns to Sydney

We got up at 3:45 this morning to travel to Cairns and arrived at 5:20 at the checkin counter where the signs all said

JETSTAR Flight JQ16 is Cancelled –

What ???

I checked my mobile, surely as this flight departed ( or should have ) departed 7 hours ago at a minimum I would have been notified, definitely NOT !!

They passed me to a manager who said they could get me onto a Qantas flight to Sydney at 6:15 but there was no urgency in their actions and she explained her system wouldn’t book it for some reason, she phoned Qantas and Jetstar in the domestic airport and we were told we had ten minutes to get there to check in, go to gate 15.
Racing to walk to 600 metres 5 minutes later we arrived.

Finally we were served and after being stuffed around significantly by this dumb arse woman, asking stupid questions and showing NO URGENCY to get us on board she comes to us and say’s … sorry the flight is now closed.

The truth of the matter is she stuffed around long enough so as we couldn’t make the flight.  more