Thala Beach Lodge sits high above the ocean just off the Captain Cook Highway, about 10 minutes south of Port Douglas. It was the first stop on our mother / daughter weekend together after pancakes on the Esplanade in Cairns - and the only things rivalling the views were the house made cheese balls, duck crepes and a parfait dip with grilled bread. The champagne wasn't bad either! The lodge is heaven on a stick and then some. We were made most welcome, as day trippers, and decided we had to return. The view from the dining area is gorgeous - open and inviting - immersed in the trees and wildlife.
Next stop Port Douglas where we walked for miles, so it seemed, in search of lookouts, lighthouses and the beautiful (if tiny) multi faith church serving serenity by the windowful. Long sits not recommended for those who melt quickly or prickle in the humidity.
We had a great time at Mossman Gorge which deserves its own post - then we spent Monday on the old Kuranda Railway - it's been a year since the last train adventure in the Rockies - and did girlie things at the top (Kuranda), including a close encounter with the WMBMs favourite wild bird and rather smart to ignore the humans trying to attract its attention.
Last part of the weekend was the Skyrail over the rainforest - an incredible experience that has lost none of its magic over the years - here we are crossing the Barron River. It is sometimes good to be still, and quiet, and simply listen with one's heart.