While it does have a ‘flop and drop’ reputation, there are a lot of things to do in and around Port Douglas. The good thing is that, whether you want to stay in your resort and just take it slow, or go out and have an adventure.
If you’re in the mood for adventure, here are a few options for spending time in Port Douglas.
Great Barrier Reef
Let’s face it: it’s pretty much inevitable that someone brings up the Great Barrier Reef when talking about the places to visit in Australia.
For those looking to see the natural sights of the Great Barrier Reef, Port Douglas has a lot of options, with at least a dozen tour operators that head there operation from the seaside town. Whether you’re in the mood for a relaxing island getaway experience, or snorkelling and dive tours, you’re free to see the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef in a way that suits you the best.
Agincourt Reef also isn’t far, with lots of things to do and enjoy, like scuba diving, snorkelling, helmet diving, and the like.
Sail beneath the sunset sky
Sailing companies operating in Port Douglas, offer sunset sailing trips, perfect for those looking to enjoy the contrast of the orange sunset skies and the azure ocean. The natural sights surrounding Port Douglas, like the Daintree Rainforest, gives great views to savour while enjoying some summer drinks, preferably the ones with tiny umbrellas.
In Mossman, beneath all the raintrees, lies the place to be for those looking to get their hands on authentic local products as souvenirs: during Saturdays, stalls sell locally grown and handmade products and food set up shop.
For those shopping on Sundays, the ANZAC Park is taken over by Port Douglas Markets, also offering quality products amidst a laidback vibe; just don’t forget to bring a hat and some sunscreen.
No travelling with an empty stomach
What’s a trip without some food? Sure, the luxury of a Cairns Airport Limousine is nice, but a trip isn’t done without proper cuisine.
If you’re looking to get inspiration, there are places in Port Douglas that offer build-your-own meals with locally-grown and freshly-picked products. There are, of course, places that offer more traditional dining experiences, for those that just want to sit down and enjoy a good meal with amazing views.
Just a bit of a drive north from Port Douglas is the Daintree Rainforest, part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Areas.
You can head for Mossman Gorge from Port Douglas and enjoy the crystal-clear waters in 20 minutes. Indigenous travel groups are also available, for those looking for a more ‘down-to-earth’ experience, or those just looking to see the heart of the rainforest.
There are also travel agencies that offer more in-depth trips into the Daintree. You might even see the elusive Southern Cassowary, just don’t tick it off.
Port Douglas has a Wildlife Habitat, which lets you see, get close, and feed animals, with areas replicating woodland, wetlands, and other such environments, with an appropriately wide range of fauna for you to admire.
Oh, the best part? Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas also lets you enjoy meals near the animals, so you can enjoy breakfasts with birds chirping if you feel like it.