This sophisticated oceanside town is just an hour’s drive up the coast from Cairns. There is a range of accommodation on offer, including many upmarket resorts, while you discover the best Port Douglas attractions. From here you can head out to the Great Barrier Reef for snorkelling and diving for the day or on an overnight experience, or visit the nearby Daintree Forest.
But Port Douglas is also a paradise for foodies and nature lovers. There’s no better backdrop than the Port Douglas north Queensland coastline as you enjoy delicious dining options. There are so many things to do in Port Douglas and its surrounds – here’s just a selection.
Like Cairns, Port Douglas makes a Great Barrier Reef day cruise really accessible – travelling to the outer reef can be done in around 90 minutes. The Reef is an inspiring natural world wonder, made up of over 2800 coral reefs. Home to a huge array of marine wildlife, from colourful fish to turtles, rays, anemones, eels and corals, this is one of the most sought after scuba dive and snorkel destinations worldwide. Book a day trip and see all the incredible marine life that awaits! Book your Port Douglas Great Barrier Reef day trip
The Low Isles Coral Cay is truly an island paradise. Just a short boat trip from Port Douglas, it’s a perfect location for snorkelling with a whole range of marine life close to the surface, or simply a relaxing swim. On land, the bird species to spot include white heron. If you feel like getting active, hike to the island’s working lighthouse, Low Isles Light.
As the name suggests, the golden sands here seem to go on for miles and it’s an ideal setting for a day visit or a longer stay. The rock pools at the northern end are great for kids to explore, and a scenic walk leads to some spectacular views. Four Mile Beach is also known as a popular kitesurfing location when the trade winds blow in between April and October.
The drive to Daintree Forest is even shorter from Port Douglas than from Cairns (it will take around 90 minutes). You’ll be rewarded with the chance to see some unique wildlife.
Keep your eyes peeled for a tree kangaroo, a large cassowary bird, the sooty owl or Ulysses butterfly as you walk the forest paths! Every way to see Daintree is taken care of, from boardwalks and ziplines high in the canopies to relaxing river cruises and four wheel drive tours.
The heart of Port Douglas is peppered with top class resorts, cafes and restaurants, but there are also five-star eco lodges in the broader Daintree region. That means relaxing spa treatments, delicious meals of local produce, and all the other comforts you’d expect are close at hand.