Thursday, June 17, 2010

Two big weeks...

Andy and I have recently returned from a two week trip.  I scheduled posts to publish while we were away, because I don't really like announcing my house will be empty...  Some of you know where we were, others may have a pretty good idea what we were doing....

On Monday we went up to Wonga Beach, in Far North Queensland, and met up with both sets of our parents.
  Andy and I were cold because we have lived in NQ for too long.  Everyone else thought the temperature was lovely.

Tuesday we headed in to nearby Port Douglas, a swanky resort town full of restaurants and stores selling sarongs.  Of course, you can literally rise above all of that in Port Douglas by heading to the lookout.


Our first week was full of beaches and rainforests.  We went to Newell Beach.

Walked through the rainforest to Mossman Gorge.

Tasted tropical fruit wine (vegan! and pesticide/chemical free!) at Shannonvale Winery before a picnic lunch at Rocky Point.

Took the ferry across the Daintree river (thanks Michelle for the ferry tickets!!) and went to the Daintree Discovery Centre for a look out over the rainforest from the Canopy Tower.

Ducked out to Cow Bay.


We stayed at a caravan park, in the cabins, and were surrounded by some very bold animals--especially the peacocks, who really liked coming round for a feed of bread and overgrown weeds.

It was good to see our parents, and to see some more of what North Queensland has on offer.  The reason for the trip, though, is yet to come...

9 comments:

Carla said...

I lived in Port Douglas for a year about 12 years ago. Your pictures took me right back!!

cristy said...

Congrats Theresa!

Hannah said...

Do you know what I really like about this post, and your other nature-filled posts? You make me remember that Australia is a beautiful place and I really ought to do some more travelling here, rather than always focusing on overseas.

Plus, I bet NQ is still lovely and warm right now, whereas I'm dreading going out in the freezing rain this afternoon but absolutely because there be no veggies in da house!

Can't wait for the rest of the pictures... ;)

Vegetation said...

It always seems funny to me that anyone in Queensland could be cold. It's so well known for it's heat!

Lovely pics :)

Kristy said...

it looks so pretty, how vegan and g/f friendly did you find those places, I'm dreaming of a warmer holiday right now, well compared to Melb?

and congrats again

Jessica @ Lima's Vegan Kitchen said...

I just looked at your post. Then looked out the window. Looked back at your post. And sighed!

urban vegan said...

Lovely landscapes. And congratulations, you two! What an awesome couple!

Theresa said...

kristy - it's not very easy to eat out in restaurants, though there is usually something veganisable based on the places we have been. Gluten free as well as vegan may be particularly tricky. That said, a lot of accommodation up there has some provision for self-catering -- the caravan park cabins had full kitchens, when we stayed in Port Douglas we had a microwave and a shared bbq, etc. And the grocery shops around have everything you need. And a lot of the restaurants, especially around Port Douglas, are a bit upmarket so would probably be happy to alter their menus a bit, like the wedding place did. Actually both the meals I ate there were gluten free, incidentally.

Anonymous said...

Congrats Theresa, I was glad to share the ferry tickets! Looks as though your wedding was perfect!! I'm late in keeping up with your posts as hubby and I just got back from a 5 week trip to Canada & Alaska.

Michelle