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Popular Things To Do In Port Douglas - The Great Barrier Reef's Utmost Destination

Set in the midst of a multitude of natural attractions, Port Douglas offers a magical getaway from the world. It also has a myriad of excursions that are completely unique and exhilarating.


Take a Tour... on horseback

The nature is the biggest allure at Port Douglas. If you wish to discover the gems on the land, taking a horse riding tour is one of the best ways to do so. The tour allows you to check out the lush greenery inland or trot down the well known beaches among the shallow waves. Not just for experienced riders, these tours can be handled by even first timers and kids thanks to the well trained and friendly horses. The trainers ensure that you are educated on every aspect before you get on the horse's back while the time length of the journey can be adjusted to how you prefer. Some go on for thirty minutes while others go on for hours. Hotels such as Oaks Lagoons will have no problem arranging such a tour for you if you wish to experience one.


Go Ballooning

While people are quick to dive in underwater to view the great Barrier Reef, viewing it with a birds eye view is said to be equally exhilarating, albeit more underrated. The clear skies that Port Douglas is known for and the slow currents give you panoramic views and pictures that are guaranteed to adorn your social media accounts. The silence when you are in the balloon makes the experience even more calming and eerie. The area is well known for its tapestry of colors – the forests have lush vegetation that emit saturated green while the turquoise water of the ocean contrasts deeply with the white sanded beaches. Kangaroos hop into view at some points, making this experience more magical than it already is. Most of the hotels in Port Douglas will gladly arrange a hot air balloon tour for you.


Drop in to Flagstaff Hill and 4 Mile Beach

Of course, the beautiful beaches of the region deserve to make an appearance on this list. Since they are located right next to each other, the Flagstaff Hill and 4 Mile Beach look like a painted postcard picture due to the beauty of the unified sight. Flagstaff Hill is a hill top that is easy to climb and provides the best view of the surrounding coastline and the 4 Mile beach. What makes the view at the hill extraordinary is the cross section of natural beauty present in front of you. You can find a beautiful shoreline with lush rainforest like greenery a few meters away covering hill tops while mist covered mountains rise up in the backdrop. What makes 4 Mile Beach even more beautiful is that it has not been greatly developed and does not feature the touch of man. Rather, the beach has been left in its original state giving visitors the chance to bask in its natural beauty. The name is derived from the fact that the beach is actually four miles long!


Go Shopping!

Port Douglas is probably one of the best places the nation has to offer for one to indulge in some glorious boutique shopping. You can find recognized brands alongside some renowned local ones as well. The heart of the shopping scene of Port Douglas is Macrossan Street.

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