Port Douglas Property

The Port Douglas Century 21 real estate team trusts you have survived the festive season, and wish you all the best for the year ahead. We hope you continue to gain value from our regular newsletters, and we plan to keep you up-to-date with all the news related to living and investing in real estate in the Port Douglas region.

Respected industry scribes predict the continuation of the current strong trend for property sales in Far North Queensland and particularly in the Port Douglas region. Statistics from RP Data show that in 1999 the median house price for Port Douglas was $201,200 and by 2004 it was$529,000 that is a growth of 162.5%. The median price of land in Port Douglas in 1999 was $205,000 and in 2004 median land prices had soared to $701,500 a growth of 242.2%. It is no wonder that in 2004, 10 properties sold in Port Douglas that were over a million dollars plus.

Also listed as a hot spot for investing in 2006, Port Douglas has seen a consistent rate of activity in units. With the prediction that there will be further rapid expansion in units in 2006 and an improvement in unit price growth. In the year 2000, only one apartment sale over the $1million dollar mark was recorded for Port Douglas. In 2004 there were 7 apartment sales over the $1million dollar mark recorded.

The Australian desire to live close to the beach is increasing demand for scarce properties in coastal areas of Queensland and is continuing to fuel these figures. Currently Century 21 Port Douglas Real Estate has an absolute beachfront property listed. Most rooms and the pool area of this Port Douglas property enjoy a view through the coconut groves to Four Mile Beach. If you we have sparked your curiosity about the price of Baler Street Port Douglas we encourage you to view the rest of the house on our website at [http://www.realestateportdouglas.com.au/523] . Have no fear offers to purchase are By Tender only.

Foreign Investors have also jumped on the bandwagon with purchases of Queensland residential property by foreigners at $354 million for the financial year 2004/2005. An increase on the previous two years according to the Qld Department of Natural Resources & Mines. Of the total foreign investment in Queensland, 69% was for investment purpose and 31 % for owner occupation. Statistics show that Port Douglas property accounts for $5.3 million of the foreign investment in Queensland in the year 2004/2005.
Our friendly neighbours the New Zealanders are the largest foreign buyers of residential property in Queensland in 2004/2005, closely followed by the United Kingdom. On a lighter note we here at Century 21 Port Douglas, are convinced it has more to do with the shock in feel good Vitamin D from the sun and Vitamin B from the beer that keeps the them coming our way. It might also have something to do with the 57 inbound international flights per week.

Either way Port Douglas real estate is bound to reap the rewards as according to the Tourism Forecasting Committee, international visitor arrivals into Australia are expected to grow by 5.8% per annum to around 9.3 million visitors in 2014. According to Tourism Queensland, in the year ending June 2004 the Tropical North Queensland region accommodated 263,756 visitors – 65% domestic and 35% international. When you do the maths there is no mistaking the Tropical North region has amongst the highest international visitation in the State of Queensland, even outperforming the Gold Coast.

We look forward to bringing you more Port Douglas news and events in 2006!

Poetry – Internal Ramblings of Automatic Writing-Scribing Process

What Can I Say?

Gender bender, radical right.
Fortnight coming, out of sight!
Tumultuous times, mornings anew.
Filled with rapture, yet sensing doom!
Where am I now? Where will I be?
No recognition of truth, What do I see?
Askance is my vision, narrowing now!
To what is expected, why and how?
Wandering out, reigning in
Flamboyant and powerful, meek and dim!
Who is in charge? I do not know?
Amid the corruption, a pure driven flow.
Changing arranging, often mid flight.
Brilliant ideas, created at night.
Lost in first shadows,of the upcoming day
When the practical me, has nothing to say.

Possibilities

Surrounded by time and space
I do embrace what is to come
Yesterday is gone
Today is waning
Tomorrow is waiting
An empty canvas
Brush in hand
I create according to plan
A remembered vision
A subconscious thrust
Nudging me forward
In God I trust
The table is set
The guests arrive
Feeling their presence
I begin to scribe
Inwardly focussed
Outwardly bound
Pure potential I’ve found

Spirit Lies

Spirit lies beneath the wings of floating
thoughts engaged in turbulent travel.
Unresolved issues, spewing forth in
determined effort to engage oneself in
truth. Now engaged, it readies itself to
travel forth to meet the doom of old
beliefs. Rendering what once was to a new
understanding of self. Imposed analogy of
what is and what was and what is yet to be,
melding in the internal-eternal swirl of
who I once was and yet will always be.
Devoid of truth, I shall not know what is
perception and what is so. All is lost, yet
more is gained. Internal struggles subside
as I truly allow my center to guide. The
truth of me without the lie: no longer hidden
and buried inside. My spirit runs free
united in the oneness of me.

Unmatched

Forget tomorrow, remember today
Clashing moments, leading us astray
Engaged in fancies, oft not fulfilled
Lumbering forward, at an awkward tilt
Unmatched visions, separate missions
Discordant rhythms, lumber along
Wandering here, wondering why
Disengaged focus distractions abound
Futile attempts, not on firm ground
What? We ask, without reply
When? We question as time goes by
Who? We muster is in charge
Where? We search deep in side
Why? oh why does it seem so hard
To create symmetry as we move through time
Fluidity of movement on a single path
Where questions are answered based on trust
Being inwardly guided is a must

Destination Wilderness: Wanderlust

When was the last time you let yourself swirl? When was the last time you gave in to pleasure? When was the last time you let your imagination run wild? When was the last time you dreamt? When was the last time you discovered? When was the last time you tasted ecstasy? If all your answers were a long time ago and you want to experience all these sensations at once, try wanderlust and go backpacking: Feel what you feel and you won’t regret a moment!

Ibn-e-Batuta wasn’t just a famed traveler and scholar but also a very eloquent scribe for no one has ever described travelling more exquisitely and expansively, as he did, over 700 years ago. He said ‘Travelling: it leaves you speechless (and) then, turns you into a storyteller!’.

And that is it! Travelling is more than an experience: it’s a phenomenon that a very select few get to taste in its virgin sense; and those who do get to drink from its exotic wells, will rarely settle for anything else. Read anyone accomplished and you’ll find how travel inspired their stories; or read the revered Sufi sage, Rumi, and hear him say that travel brings power and love back to your life.

It is sad to see our generation missing out on this passion and thereby, denying themselves opportunities of a lifetime. Despite the incredible globalization and infrastructural leaps abounding all around us, only a handful of us will ever choose to step foot on foreign shores or even locally remote areas.

We, as a society, have let ourselves get engulfed by paranoia – of the unknown, of economic sustenance and of physical security – and these qualms are depriving millions of experiencing places, moments and lives beyond the realm(s) that we know of. Wouldn’t it be ironic, today, to have your birthplace and tombstone, within a ten mile radius?

Most of us blame the West for its unforgiving portrayal of our society, people and culture; and we loathe their media for not showcasing the real country we dwell in and it’s pretty true. However, another stark reality is that this also works backwards. Imagine all our ideas about all places foreign being equally contrary to facts!

There is a whole lot of truth that is out there – waiting to be explored first hand and yet, here we let our hearts and mind rust amidst hearsay. We are criminally putting a scope limitation on our horizons, knowledge and may I say, our dreams and visions! To quote, Saint Augustine, “The world is a book and those who do not travel, read only a page”.

I could go on and write those typical blog pieces which enumerate a dozen or even scores of reasons to travel but I am looking to strike a different chord here. This is about the very soul of undertaking travel without clinging on to business, educational or other conventional tags: this is about sparking fire in your blood: this is rebellion – in its purest form.

Travelling’s essence is discovery, exploration and experience. This is very different from the mainstream commercial tourism that we see today: this form is more about the journey than the destination: this travel is not about splurge hotels and plush dining but about camping and meeting the unknown: this travel is not about meticulous planning but about letting yourself wander: this is not about finding anything but yourself: this is about getting lost in a sublime immersing experience that comes promised when you prepare to throw caution to the winds.

This sort of travel not only ensues in a completely fresh opportunity to re-discover life around us but this is also going to be surprisingly timeless, inexpensive, easier to plan and yet, it’s going to be a very heartfelt one. All it will ever take is courage and giving in to your first ever expedition. Travel once, with all your heart and this addiction will find its way into the deepest recesses of your heart and soul.

Travelling will allow you to challenge yourself, it teaches some very invaluable lessons to lead a memorable life, it lets in relaxation and celebration, it gives you that much needed escape, it lets you meet the real yourself, it confers upon you new dimensions and perceptions, it fuels an insatiable ambition inside you that is enduringly calm and fulfilling yet passionately electric and finally, it bestows you with freedom!

Haven’t you ever dreamt? Ever noticed where does it all begin from? How do you dream? The first step to dream is more often than not, a flight to another place or setting or environment or situation – and that exactly is how powerful journeys can be!

Humans were bestowed with feet not roots for none of us is exactly meant to stay: It’s not just the mountains that are calling: it is the whole universe calling us to explore and find our own answers. Most unfortunately, it is us who refuse to listen and give in to inertia!

Our society is mostly made up of settlers and you will find a keen sense of lethargy embedded in them but listen to Rumi, he says that when setting out on a journey: do not seek advice from those who have never left home: (and) do not be satisfied with stories or how others have fared: unfold your own myth! And remember that towards the end, you only regret the chances you didn’t take.

I shall again borrow Rumi’s eloquence and expression to sum it all up. “Respond to every call that excites your spirit. Ignore those that make you fearful and sad, that degrade you back towards disease and death!”

And that’s it, we all need to go out there, on our own, for our own and to be of our own! This is when you spread things and fly!

We are not meant to live away in cages and there is no better way of experiencing the climax of free living than packing your backpack and going on your dream voyage that you have been putting on backburner for quite a while now: your time is now: do not let anyone or anything dictate your plans. Go, taste some elixir of adventure; and wherever you choose to go, go with all your heart; and you’ll never be alone!

Rise and shine, everyone!