Butterfly enclosures, pool selfies and touch footy: Inside Buddy Franklin’s AFL ‘quarantine’ hub as the Swans player makes the most of the five-star hotel while being away from his wife Jesinta and baby Tullulah
- Lance ‘Buddy’ Franklin shares insight into Sydney Swans AFL quarantine hub
- Uploaded photos relaxing in resort lagoon pool and on butterfly sanctuary visit
- Swans have been based at AFL hub in Far North Queensland in recent weeks
AFL superstar Buddy Franklin has shared a rare eyeopening insight into the Sydney Swans’ five star quarantine hub in Far North Queensland.
The club has spent much of the coronavirus-disrupted season on the road and have been based at the beachside five-star Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort in Port Douglas for the last three weeks.
Despite being sidelined with an ongoing hamstring injury, Franklin has joined his teammates for the road trip and is making the most of luxury resort facilities while being away from home.
He’s been apart from wife Jesinta and baby daughter Tullulah since July, who remain back in in Sydney.
On Thursday, the 300-game AFL star posted a photo soaking up the sunshine as he chilled out in one of the resort’s massive lagoon saltwater pools with fellow Swans stars Tom Papley, Ryan Clarke and Justin McInerney.
Buddy Franklin (second left with Swans teammates) is lapping up the amenities at the Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort
The 300-game superstar also took time out to visit a local butterfly sanctuary
The injured superstar also kicked a Sherrin around with his Sydney Swans teammates
A day earlier, Franklin shared photos of a relaxed game of touch footy with teammates, a visit to a local butterfly sanctuary and boarding a flight.
‘In the hub,’ he captioned the photos.
The Fremantle Dockers and Melbourne Demons have also been based at the Port Douglas AFL quarantine hub in recent weeks.
Last week, Dockers captain Nat Fyfe uploaded a selection of pictures from a picturesque waterfall along with fellow teammates.
The five-star Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort (pictured) has been a home away from home for a host of AFL stars in recent weeks
Tourism bosses in the region have hailed the AFL hub as an early Christmas gift for sports fans in Far North Queensland.
An hour’s drive north of Cairns, Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort is the only property with beachfront access to Port Douglas’ Four Mile Beach.
Amenities include two hectares of sparkling saltwater lagoon pools, an 18-hole golf course while some rooms have with private/swim out balconies.
Franklin hasn’t played a single game in 2020 due to injury to add to his 944 career goals, having played just 10 games in 2019.
The 15th-placed Swans have won just five games in 2020 and hope to end their season on a high note with an upset win against the Geelong Cats on the Gold Coast on Sunday.
The luxury beachfront resort in Port Douglas has not one but two saltwater lagoon pools
Sydney Swans teammate Justin McInerney takes a poolside selfie at the five star resort
It comes after 400 AFL players and officials flew into Queensland from coronavirus-riddled Victoriaa fortnight ago after being given approval to dodge the state’s lockdown.
AFL WAGs and officials were spotted living it up in ‘hotel quarantine’ – sipping cocktails by the pool and enjoying drinks at the bar each night at their luxury Gold Coast resort.
The vision is a world away from the experience of other travellers who have desperately fought to enter Queensland.
The Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort is located an hour’s drive north of Cairns. Pictured is one of the lavish five-star rooms