Situated north of Cairns, this little sea side town cannot be missed. With a small local population and a huge tourist following, this place is hopping during the dry season. One of the most beautiful destinations in the country, Port Douglas is a great place to visit. Whether you’re there for holiday, passing through, or visiting family and friends, Port Douglas has something for everyone.
Port Douglas is definitely a place to visit if relaxing is on your list. It’s a laid back town on the ocean that is one of the best spots to get to the famous Great Barrier Reef. Tours leave daily out to the reef to snorkel, scuba dive, or just visit the reef. Port Douglas is the closest location to the Great Barrier Reef and offers tours to a variety of reefs that you may not be able to visit anywhere else. There’s multi-day, half-day, and full-day tours available for any budget.
Port Douglas is also a great gateway to the Daintree Rainforest. The rainforest, along with the Great Barrier Reef are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The Daintree is one of the oldest living rainforests on earth, with thousands of different species of plants and animals. It’s also home to a variety of endangered species. This rainforest is huge! With over 900,000 kilometres of protected land, visitors are able to explore and experience the diverse forest like no other.
The closest popular destination in the Daintree to Port Douglas is only a mere 20 minute drive away. The Mossman Gorge is a favourite spot for locals and travellers alike, with stunning views, great trails and birdwatching spots. On a hot day the gorge is packed with people as it’s a popular swimming spot. Pack a picnic lunch and you have yourself a full day of adventure on your hands. The Daintree is said to be over 60,000 years old with a variety of forests that you can’t find anywhere else in the world.
Port Douglas is a fantastic shopping destination as well. Every Sunday the town hosts a big market sprawled out on the esplanade filled with local art, crafts and handcrafted foods. Any other day of the week Port Douglas’ boutique shops are open for your pleasure. Whether you’re looking for souvenirs, high fashion clothing, local art, or jewellery, this seaside town has it all.
This gateway township is more than just a place to pass by. It’s a relaxing town filled with great food, activities and only minutes from some of the best and most beautiful natural landmarks in the world. See Port Douglas on one of our 1 or 2 Day Cape Tribulation & Daintree Tours today!