The boys booked out of the motel and headed further up north to Port Douglas.
On the way up they stopped at a Hartley’s
Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures is one of the longest continually operating tourist attractions in Australia.
The business began in 1934 as a roadhouse for weary motorists. Legend has it the original owner Pop Evans entertained motorists by feeding Charlie the crocodile while scones cooked in the wood stove.
Situated in the beautiful Wangetti Valley halfway between Cairns and Port Douglas this iconic attraction is surrounded by a world heritage-listed National park
Further on to Port Douglas from where the boys wanted to go onto one of the many cruises to the Great Barrier Reef
Port Douglas is a coastal town and locality in the Shire of Douglas, Queensland, approximately 70 km north of Cairns.
In the 2016 census, Port Douglas had a population of 3,504 people. The town’s population can often double, however, with the influx of tourists during the peak tourism season from May to September.
The town is named in honour of a former Premier of Queensland, John Douglas. Port Douglas developed quickly based on the mining industry.
Other parts of the area were established with timber cutting occurring in the area surrounding the Daintree River and with settlement starting to occur on lots around the Mossman River by 1880.
The town is situated adjacent to two World Heritage areas, the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest.
Unfortunately, all cruises to the Great Barrier Reef were fully booked so the boys quickly made contact with some other cruise offerings in Cairns and were lucky to get 2 tickets for a trip to Green island. This of course meant a quick 70km return trip to Cairns, but this was no problem to Team Lipstick
World famous Green Island is a tropical cay just 45 minutes from Cairns. Situated in the Great Barrier Reef and surrounded by white sandy beaches and sapphire blue waters, Green Island is perfect for that ultimate island getaway.
For nearly fifty years Green Island has been one of Cairns’ primary tourist attractions. A small, coral cay it once had nothing more than a jetty, a marine viewing point at the end of the jetty and a few huts.
Green Island is a small (15-hectare) coral cay which can be effortlessly walked around in 20 minutes, making it a popular destination for day trippers from Cairns. In fact, its circumference is almost exactly 1.5 kilometres
The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system composed of over 2,900 individual reefsand 900 islands stretching for over 2,300 kilometres over an area of approximately 344,400 square kilometres
The reef is located in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland.
The Great Barrier Reef can be seen from outer space and is the world’s biggest single structure made by living organisms.
This reef structure is composed of and built by billions of tiny organisms, known as coral polyps. It supports a wide diversity of life and was selected as a World Heritage Site in 1981.
CNN labelled it one of the seven natural wonders of the world.
On arrival the boys went over the reefs with a glass bottom boat with a clear vision of the corals and marine life underneath.