Last month in Paradise
Trip Start Aug 15, 2006
159Trip End May 27, 2008
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My job at the tour shop meant that I got to check out some of the trips we sold for free or hugely discounted so I took my housemate Elsa to a ranch and we went horseriding and quad biking. I have to say I'm still not taken by horseriding, probably because it's so slow and I'd be quicker hiking the same trails although the quad biking was so fast it was too scary - Elsa is a speed freak and got a huge buzz but I didn't get anything out of it, except from filthy
Had the usual night out (Courthouse pub followed by Iron Bar) for my friend Emma's 26th birthday. We also had a big night out for Emma and Jo when they left town. It's starting to feel like Groundhog day as there's not much in the way of choice for nightlife in Port Douglas! Been to a few Karaoke nights in the last month which have proved to be highly entertaining-it's the kind of town where people of all ages go out and have a good time and everyone knows each other.
Had yet another day off work (passenger numbers have been low so not much work around on the boat for me) and decided to go on the boat and dive seeing as it's free. That was pretty cool and I saw a pregnant reef shark. Went on a sunset sail trip on a nice boat with my housemate Dave which was OK but I prefer it when you atually sail to a place and get off the boat.
Had a great day out at the Rainforest Habitat, the local bird and wildlife park
My housemate Elsa has been the assistant director of the local play, The Sins of Ellen Thompson, so I went to watch that with the girls and it was very good. It's a local story about the only woman ever hung in the state-her and her lover supposedly killed her husband but the evidence was based on local gossip. Port Douglas seems to be a famous place for a lot of things as it's the place where the two divers got left behind on a dive trip which then became the movie 'Deep Water' and Steve Irwin was killed by the Stingray off the coast here at Batt Reef. Plus as I mentioned before there's always a movie being made and it's currently 'The Pacific', a follow-up to Band of Brothers made by Hanks and Spielberg I think.
What else have I done?......I went mountainbiking on the infamous Bump Track with a cool company called Back Country Bliss Adventures and the same week took a hike that way with Elsa to a nice waterfall.
Last Thursday I had a nice meal out at the local place, The Beach Shack. Have to say it's the best meal I've had in town, although my fish and chips on the beach with my housemates was pretty good too! Had a shoddy game of pool after and last night we went on a big bender around town
Today I've been packing up, sold my bike (which was painful as it's been such a good friend!) and hot footed it to the airport to get my flight to Darwin. I felt pretty teary on the bus journey there as although I'm looking forward to a change of scene (and nightlife!), I've made some good friends here that have felt like family and it will be a long time until I see them again, if ever if they don't make it to England.
Oh well, onwards and upwards to Darwin and the West Coast of Australia, the true Australia I've been told. Can't wait!