We drove the hour long scenic coastal road from Cairns to spend a week in the little town of Port Douglas. We were a bit apprehensive about enjoying the beach after we were told about the salt water crocodiles that could be swimming in the ocean or sleeping on the beaches. We didn’t splash around in the ocean but did still brave the beach and actually enjoyed our evening sunset strolls along the almost deserted oceanfront to see the cool bits of art that the crabs would leave behind. Natalie loved traveling at 50 knots in a jet boat to get out to the Great Barrier Reef and explore one of the 7 natural wonders of the world. The reef did not disappoint Kate, with lots of beautiful fish, rays and turtles. Natalie did find the water a bit chilly at 72 degrees and was happy to get out and cruise around on a glass bottom boat while her parents continued to explore the ocean depths. We also tried the local seafood and ended up loving the Moreton Bay bugs (lobster). We also drove to the Daintree National Park and toured the rainforest. We were blown away by the variety of palms and odd trees and mangroves and especially liked the large bats that were quite active even in the daytime. The weather was quite warm and a bit humid here and we were quite thankful that our condo had a nice little pool that we could cool off with in the daytime without constantly worrying about crocs and stingers. There was a ton of activities to do in this little town, but somehow it really made you feel relaxed and slow down a bit . . . like you had actually stepped into a bit of paradise.