Port Douglas in far north tropical Queensland was my kind of place. I spent 8 nights here with my hubby in October. Picture this: consistently warm days and nights, palm tree lined beaches and plenty of rainforest walking trails. Here are my top 6 favourite active and nourishing things to do in this little slice of paradise:

1) Hire bikes to ride along 4 mile beach. The sand is so compact you can actually ride on it! This was novel for me coming from the soft sandy Perth beaches.


2) Take the scenic 1 hour drive to Cairns and dine at the amazing Paleo Cafe. Yes EVERYTHING served here is grain free, gluten free and refined sugar free!


Lemon cake with vanilla ice-cream (made from coconut milk) – this was very moist and delicious!

3) After doing a crocodile sighting river cruise, order the ‘True Blue’ lunch from the ‘Big Barramundi Garden’ in Daintree. One of the best meals of my life. It contained crocodile (amazing, so tender!), kangaroo and barramundi with a tropical salad and sweet potato chips. I counted at least 22 different fruits and vegetables on my plate!


4) Try some local dried fruit – this was dried sapota. It’s a tropical fruit known as ‘nature’s chocolate pudding’. I thought it tasted like a mixture of prune, nectarine and yes it did have a slight chocolate flavour!


5) Take the sky rail or train to Kuranda and do some of the lovely walking trails through the Daintree rainforest.


6) Kayak around one of the islands. This is me and my hubby kayaking over the reef around Fitzroy Island. I was doing most the paddling as he was excitably filming the fish with his GoPro :)


Holly x