Top 6 things to do in Port Douglas

Top 6 things to do in Port Douglas

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 04/08/2024

Reading time: 3 mins

The tropical getaway of Port Douglas has plenty of incredible things to do.

Port Douglas is a relaxing seaside town offering an exceptional range of activities. Whether you visit just for a day or four, you won’t run out of things to discover. Don’t forget to check these things out when in Port Douglas!

1. Snorkel or dive the Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system, with almost 3000 individual reefs and 900 islands. When in Port Douglas, don’t miss joining a tour to go snorkelling or diving into the remarkable reef.

While you’re exploring the reef, you will discover the different colours of coral and the amazing marine life that lives here.

2. Stroll around the Port Douglas Sunday Market

Visiting the Sunday Market is a must-do while in Port Douglas. Every Sunday in Anzac Park, you can spend your morning checking out over 100 different stalls, from handmade items to fresh produce. This is the best spot to pick up a Port Douglas souvenir and try some local food.

3. Discover the ancient rainforest

At about 135 million years old, the Daintree Rainforest is the most ancient rainforest in the world! You can do a day trip or spend two days exploring the breathtaking tropical rainforest.

The best way to see the Daintree is by booking a one day tour, which also includes Cape Tribulation!

4. See the range of Aussie animals at Wildlife Habitat

Spend a few hours exploring Wildlife Habitat and see some of Australia’s favourite wildlife for yourself. There are five different sections divided into distinct environments. You can see the deadly cassowary, cockatoos, emus or koalas, kangaroos, and feather tail gliders.

There are plenty of animals to see with a range of experiences, from feeding crocs and kangaroos to getting photos with wildlife.

5. Relax at Four Mile Beach

Four Mile Beach is the place to be, with calm clear waters perfect for swimming. You can relax under one of the palm trees by the sand and read a book, enjoy a picnic, or catch some z’s.

6. Learn the courthouse history at the Douglas Shire Historical Society

The Douglas Shire Historical Society is a museum that was once a courthouse, and is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Inside the museum is a display of how the courthouse was set up, along with old newspaper headlines.

When you’re planning your trip to Port Douglas, you ideally want to spend around three days. Or if you plan to do day trips, four to five days will be better for you.


Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward turned his travel passion into a thriving Australian tourism business. Before he co-founded his own business, Sightseeing Tours Australia, he was enjoying being a Melbourne tour guide. Even now, Cameron delights in helping visitors from all around the world get the most out of their incredible Australian trip. You’ll see Cameron leading tours or writing about his favourite Australian places where he shares his local insights.