It's not up to much really, but it is one of the historic buildings in Port Douglas and at least you know the $A2 entry donation is contributing to its upkeep.
This small timber building was erected in 1879 and is the only structure to survive the 1911 cyclone. It ceased to be used by the courts in 1957 and was due to be demolished in the early 1960s, but local action prevented the destruction of the building, although it was moved to a different site further down Wharf St. But, new awareness of history resulted in the Court House being returned to its original (and current) location next to the police station at the Dickson Inlet end of Macrossan St. in 1993.
Today, staffed by volunteers, the court house is set up for the trial of Ellen Thomson and her young lover, John Harrison, for the murder of Thomson's husband, William, in 1887. Ellen is the only woman legally hanged in the State of Queensland. Mannikins of Thomson, Harrison and the residing judge are placed in situ and the jury's bench is there for you to sit and ponder. The story of the trial and history of the Thomson family are to be found on the walls, but its hardly the most riveting exhibition - especially as the walls also hold information about other aspects of Port Douglas life and history.
Not much to keep you unless you are particularly interested in the case.
Open Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, 10am-3pm.
Built on the estuary, Morey Reef and the Coral Sea, the historic Sugar Wharf, the new marina and a tiny beach form the town end of Dicksons Inlet, with mangrove-lined swamps to be found further inland - a boat trip here will provide plenty of opportunities to spot crocodiles basking in the sun.
If there is one thing you simply MUST do whilst in far North Queensland it is the Great Barrier Reef. We headed out on a day trip with Tropical Journeys onboard Calypso.
The staff were unreal - absolutely fantastic! They conducted talks on the marine life, the reef and took smaller snorkelling tours whilst on the reef as well to point out areas of interest.
We had a nice lunch onboard (cold meats and salads).
Staff also took photos of us underwater which came out 5 million times better than our disposable udnerwater camera - not suprising really!
We spent a fantastic day (noon to 6.30pm) on the Shaolin chinese sail boat which takes you out to the Low Isles for an afternoon of snorkelling or checking out the corel on the glass bottom boat. As max numbers are 23 the experience is very personal and laid back - a pleasant change from the more touristy Reef trips like the Quiksilver that take large numbers.
The cost is AUD140 and well worth it.
4 Mile Beach is the major attraction of Port Douglas. Lucky me, on the only day I spent there, it was sooo cloudy. I could just enjoy (ok, tried to enjoy) walking on the soft white sand with my newly met Danish roommate.
.... that's the only day I planned to take a whole-day sunbath.... ..... I really needed some luck with the weather!
Drive north from Port Douglas, follow the signs and cross the river aboard the ferry.
You'll pass some beautiful overlooks and the Daintree Visitor's Center.
Continue your drive and you will be coming into some fabulous beaches. Just pick one. The parking is off road so be careful you don't get into someplace you can't get out of. Now.......unpack all that gear, stake out a place in the sand, relax and enjoy. Don't forget the sunblock!
St Mary's by the Sea is a lovely small white chapel located at the seaside near Dixie Street. According to the driver of my hostel, the chapel is very popular with 'to-be-married'-couples and you need to queue for at least 1 year if you wanna get married with your darling there.
The excursion we picked was going out to a big stationary platform and snorkeling. Since it was winter, the water was cold, and the sky was overcast so it was hard to get photos. I went with Jean and Sarah from our table since my grandmother was sick and I met my friend Arden there too. They gave us protective suits and the snorkeling gear. There was also a glass bottomed boat. The tours are run by Quicksilver
My mother had given me an underwater camera and I took over 200 photos
The one thing I really wanted to do in Australia was to snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef. I wanted to do the Quicksilver tour because I thought there was an age restriction on snorkeling in the cruise ship tour. It turned out that the restriction was for Scuba. I did a lot of research and even considered going by plane out to the snorkeling site and then coming back by boat.
But I got sick and couldn't go after all.
I saw my granddaughter's photos, but that was as close as I came.
When you are on the 4 mile beach there is a hire place that you can hire Catamarans and canoes to have a play on the water.
They also have umbrellas, lounges, spades and buckets for the little ones.
Port Douglas has the Clink Theare. I have not been lucky enough to be in Port when they have had plays on.
Check out the local paper or walk around to the theatre and check out the notice board.
Drive to the top of Fagstaff Hill, high above the town, for superb views of Port Douglas and four mile beach stretching out before you.
Even in the town the seafront is still nice, with a narrow beach, fringed and shaded by palm trees in a truly tropical setting.
Having a picnic on the seafront at Port Douglas, we were befriended by this small bird.
Could it have just been cupbord love?