DISCOVER THE BEAUTY OF PORT DOUGLAS
70km north of Cairns you’ll discover a tropical little town with plenty to offer. Popular with tourists and celebrities and treasured by locals, Port Douglas has markets, beaches, walking trails, and some exciting tours for those wanting to experience the wonders of Far North Queensland. We’ve compiled a list of the best tours to do in Port Douglas during your trip.
1. Unobstructed views from the sky
See the Daintree Rainforest and Great Barrier Reef from a completely new angle by taking this scenic helicopter flight over the region. The flight offers unobstructed, spectacular aerial views of the best areas around Port Douglas. Your pilot will provide informative commentary on your surroundings during the flight. You can choose from 30, 40, or 60 minute flights – all exploring different, exciting areas.
2. Kayak in the Coral Sea
Glide along the Coral Sea on this family-friendly kayak tour as you take in spectacular views of the endless sea and the shore lined with palm trees. From your kayak, you have the chance of spotting green turtles, rays, fish, and sea birds; sometimes even dugongs and dolphins, if you’re lucky! Your friendly guide will provide commentary of your surroundings and the wildlife inhabiting the area as you paddle across the water. Whether you’ve never kayaked before or are experienced, your guide caters for all skill levels.
Seeing a shore lined with palm trees will truly make you feel like you’re in paradise. Photo courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland. Photographer: Paul Ewart.
3. Flora and fauna
Join this wonderful tour and explore the surrounding regions of Port Douglas, and the creatures that inhabit them. During this tour you’ll discover the gorgeous rainforest and interesting wildlife that reside within it. You will also enjoy a private wetland boat cruise including a light morning tea, followed by a visit to the grasslands where you will meet wild Eastern Grey kangaroos. Other stops during this tour include the gorgeous Curtain Fig Tree, Garden of Eden waterfall, ancient Bull Kauri Trees, and lunch beside a tranquil crater lake. The tour concludes with a drop off back to your accommodation.
If you visit the far north but don’t meet the local wildlife, did you even visit the far north? Photo courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland. Photographer: Peter Lik.
4. Zoom through the rainforest canopy
This tour takes you to two exciting locations; first, a trip to the Wildlife Habitat zoo in Port Douglas, where you will meet all kinds of Australian Native animals such as crocodiles, kangaroos, wallabies, snakes, emus, and more. If you’re after an adrenaline rush, you will love speeding through the Daintree Rainforest on an exciting zipline! Take in the incredible views as you zoom through the treetops – this is one way to sightsee that you won’t quickly forget.
This one is for those who aren’t afraid of heights! Photo courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland. Photographer: James Hill | Sultana Studios.
5. Marvel at ancient beasts
Adults and kids alike will have a ball at this award-winning eco-tourism attraction near Port Douglas. During your visit you will cruise the wetlands and discover the prehistoric reptiles that inhabit them while your friendly guide will provide commentary on the crocodiles and other native animals you may encounter. Witness the stealth of these beasts during the crocodile attack show, and learn more about the animals of park during the keeper talk shows. The wildlife park also showcases other types of Australian wildlife including cassowaries, koalas, snakes, and more! Hotel transfers are included in this tour.
It’s not every day you get to witness a crocodile having lunch. Photo courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland. Photographer: Darren Jew.
Situated roughly 1 hour drive north of the Cairns CBD, Port Douglas has its own beauties to offer. If you’re looking to stay in a small town on edge of the tropical shoreline, Port Douglas is just the place for you!
Feature image courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland. Photographer: Krista Eppelstun.