New Balustrades

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Work has been completed on the new stainless steel wire rope balustrades on the townhouses. Having replaced the old timber lattice the stainless look is a vast improvement.
With complete exterior painting set to proceed pending formal approval at next weeks AGM the townhouse block will look fantastic for the upcoming season.
A big thank you to Neil Harding, Cairns Balustrades, for a job well done.

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Free WiFi At The Mango Tree

Free WiFi At The Mango Tree.

We now offer all our guests free WiFi when staying at The Mango Tree.

We’re very pleased to announce our new partnership with WiFi service provider Delion Pty Ltd.

Guests can now access free WiFi with unlimited time and a generous data allowance. Login and check your emails, check your banking or post to your favorite social media all totally for free.

Paid plans are also available for purchase at very competitive prices if you require a greater data allowance.

How it works

The daily allowance of free WiFi means there is no time limit in a 24 hour period from midnight each day. There is a 500MB data limit in each 24 hour period of free access. Once you reach the data limit you will have the option to purchase additional data if required or your session will end and you will be logged out. Once the 24 hour period rolls over to the next day you will be able to log in again and start with another fresh 500MB data limit and free WiFi.

The current price plans for additional data allowance are:

1 full day:   2,000MB   $8.95

3 days:        5,000MB   $14.95

7 days:        15,000MB  $29.95

30 days:     30,000MB $40.00

 

 

 

Little Green Frog

This little frog sitting on a Cordyline leaf was found whilst working in the garden.

Is it a Dwarf Tree Frog or a baby White Lipped Tree Frog?

Both are quite common in the area but can be extremely hard to find.

When you’re only this big there are many predators that have you on their menu, and this little chap was only about 20mm long so he (or she) needs to be very careful.

It’s always a delight to find one, have a little photo shoot, enjoy a short conversation and wish them well before they move to a safer hiding place.

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Resident Frogmouth

Besides our standard accommodation we also have a palm frond available for our feathered guests.

The frond has a spectacular pool view and catches the warm winter sunshine throughout the day.

Availability though is non existent as the frond has been occupied by a Frogmouth for several weeks now and there is no sign of impending departure.

Every day the occupant sits quietly minding his own business in exactly the same spot as all the humans splash around and sun bathe by the pool below.

Frogmouth at The Mango Tree

Pool gets new shade structure

Guests at The Mango Tree can now enjoy the shade provided by the new shade sail over the pool entertainment area.
The new structure adds a gleam of sparkling white to the crystal clear water of the swimming pool.
At The Mango Tree pool with new shade structure and hand rail

Pool gets a new hand rail

At The Mango Tree poolMango Tree pool gets a new hand rail.

Following a recent suggestion from a guest we have installed a new hand rail to assist with access in and out of the pool.

The new addition will make enjoyment of the pool so much easier for all our guests.

Frogmouths in house

Papuan Frogmouth at The Mango TreeANZAC Day 2013, and the first guests to check in were two Papuan Frogmouths. The particular Fish Tail Palm which they have booked for their stay is a popular roost for these nocturnal birds and it’s quite likely that these two are repeat guests as the exact same spot has been chosen by these birds in recent years.

A bedroom window of one of the apartments looks directly out to the roosting pair and provides an excellent observation post. The birds hear the window open and reveal their immense red eyes as they turn to investigate the disturbance.

The Papuan Frogmouth (Podargus papuensis) is the largest of the Frogmouth family and is identified by its big red eyes. They are usually only found in North Queensland between Townsville and Cooktown and can be very difficult to spot. They have an amazing ability to camouflage themselves by imitating a branch when they point their nose to the sky and pretend not to be there.

Papuan Frogmouths

The birds will quietly roost throughout the day and then once the sun has set they will begin to hunt mostly at dusk and dawn, searching for insects, small lizards and frogs.

Often mistaken for an owl the Frogmouth has a similar call.

Eclipse Heralds a New Dawn

Early on the morning of November 14th 2012 tens of thousands of people in Far North Queensland witnessed the amazing spectacle of a total solar eclipse.

Living just across the road from Four Mile Beach we joined the thousands of people that filled this iconic stretch of tropical paradise to watch the event unfold.

With the sun just 14 degrees above the horizon rising over the Coral Sea we watched and waited as the moon began its transit. The time of totality drew near and day light began to fade as the temperature dropped noticeably. Then in almost an instant the full shadow cast by the moon racing across the earth plunged us all into darkness at the perfect moment as passing clouds parted to reveal the splendor of an incredible sight as the moon totally obscured the sun.

The crowds cheered and flashes from a thousand cameras flickered along the length of the beach. After two minutes of totality the most brilliant flash of the brightest light shot from the clutches of the moon to impale an ever lasting image on the memory of all. Port Douglas solar eclipse November 14th 2012

And so the most anticipated event in the history of Port Douglas came to pass. Thousands of eclipse visitors begin to move on and the small seaside village returns to normality to begin what many hope will be a new dawn of prosperity for a land now bathed in the fresh new light of a total solar eclipse.

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Spring, and romance is in the air for the Sunbird

This tiny little Sunbird has been very busy lately building this nest that hangs in the Bougainvillea outside our reception.

It’s assumed to be a safe place although a small green tree snake was spotted in the same bush last year.

The female builds the nest and incubates the eggs alone, although the male assists in rearing the nestlings.

The mother can lay up to four eggs but we won’t know how many this one has laid until they emerge from the nest which is built from leaf debris and is secured by stealing spider web from the spiders upon which they prey.

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