10 Things To Do in Port Douglas Australia
Port Douglas is a resort town whose relaxed tropical outlook and stunning natural beauty make it a perfect vacation destination. A wide range of activities make this a memorable trip for everyone in the family.
Here are some suggestions and our top 10 things to do:
Great Barrier Reef
Just off the town's eastern shore lies one of the world’s most spectacular natural wonders with over 400 species of coral and 1,500 species of fish, sea turtles, dolphins, and rays. The variety of tours is endless and visitors can see the reef from the deck of a boat or snorkel alongside the fish.
Port Douglas is bounded by water on three sides, and Flagstaff Hill Lookout offers a breathtaking view of the entire panorama. The Lookout can be reached by car, but the gentle grade makes this an enjoyable walk for most visitors.
Four Mile Beach
The turquoise waters and wide sand deck fringed by palms and mangroves rather than urban sprawl make Four Mile Beach one of the region’s favorites. The waves are gentle and family-friendly, while strong winter Trade Winds make it popular with kite surfers from June to August.
Located on the west side of town on the Dickson Inlet, The Reef Marina is a good place to go to the reef and to enjoy a lively marina with a shopping arcade and waterside cafes.
See Port Douglas’ mangrove system from a classic riverboat. Dense mangrove swamps, water birds like heron and egrets, and saltwater crocodiles are expected sights along the way.
Port Douglas Village
Macrossan St is the town’s main avenue, lined with shops and casual restaurants. Here are numerous galleries featuring local artists working in a wide range of styles. A special feature of Port Douglas, the galleries have become well-known over the years and are an attraction in themselves.
Each Sunday morning seaside Anzac Park becomes the setting for colorful open-air markets. In addition to goods produced by local craftsmen and artists there’s a mouth-watering selection of fresh fruits and vegetables from local growers.
Daintree National Park
Of the many day trips available from Port Douglas, the most noteworthy is to Daintree National Park, home to more species of plants and animals than any other place on earth and Australia’s largest tropical rainforest. There’s a tour for every taste, including one led by traditional owners that has visitors sliding in the mud of mango swamps, learning survival skills and to catch their own seaside dinner.
Located in the southern part of the World Heritage listed, Daintree National Park, Mossman Gorge is one of the few places in the country that visitors can gain an insight into the lives, culture and beliefs of Australia’s Indigenous population and their connection to the natural environment.
Journey into the lush rainforest of Mossman Gorge and experience the wonders of the Daintree Rainforest all the while getting lost in its enchanting stories and rich Indigenous heritage.
The stunning scenery of the area makes a perfect backdrop for golf. Port Douglas has several world-class courses, so beautifully designed even casual golfers will want to hit the links.
Port Douglas is home to world-class dining - think fresh seafood, tropical cocktails and great coffee. Have you checked out our top picks for breakfast and brunch?