Why is Port Douglas famous?

Why is Port Douglas famous?

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 01/04/2023

Reading time: 3 mins

Port Douglas is a beautiful seaside town in Queensland. It is close to major Australian attractions and the four kilometre long beach.

Port Douglas is famous for being so close to some of the top attractions in Australia, from the Great Barrier Reef to the oldest rainforest in the world, Daintree Rainforest. You also have the Four Mile Beach which is almost like a tropical island.

Four Mile Beach

The Four Mile Beach makes it look like you’re in a whole other world. The crystal clear waters, the soft sand, and the palm trees create some shade on the beach. It’s like you are on a tropical island. Most visitors spend a day here swimming in the waters, walking along the beach or sunbathing.

Great Barrier Reef

Port Douglas is one of the base towns to get to the Great Barrier Reef. Many tours leave from Port Douglas daily. You can snorkel and scuba dive in the Great Barrier Reef to swim with the marine life. If you have never snorkelled or scuba dived before, there are beginner lessons before you go off on your own. Or you can get on a boat with a glass bottom to see the coral and fish swim by.

Daintree Rainforest

The Daintree Rainforest is the oldest rainforest in the world. It is about 135 million to 180 million years old. There are a few walks you can take in the rainforest. Some walks can be as short as 10 minutes or as long as a few hours. Regardless of which one you do, you’ll be able to see more of the rainforest when you step foot inside.

You can go to a viewing platform to overlook the stunning Cape Tribulation Beach. As you are walking through the rainforest, keep a look out for some wildlife. You can spot the southern cassowary or the buff breasted paradise kingfisher. Or you might find a musky rat-kangaroo, tree kangaroo, or the Daintree River ringtail possum.

Daintree River

Daintree River travels through the Daintree Rainforest. You can jump on the Daintree River Cruise which takes you along the Daintree River. As you cruise down the river, the Daintree Rainforest surrounds you. On the cruise you will have the chance to spot wildlife along the riverbank, like crocodiles.

Cape Tribulation

When you stand on Cape Tribulation Beach, you are between two world heritage locations. Looking out to the sea, you have the Great Barrier Reef. Behind you, there is Daintree Rainforest. Even though the water at the beach looks stunning, it isn’t recommended to go swimming. Typically, there are crocodiles and dangerous jellyfish in the waters.

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.