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10 Things to do in Port Douglas – Discover the city famed for the Great Barrier Reef

Situated on the Coral Sea far north of Queensland this is a famous hot spot for exploring the Great Barrier Reef. The amazing rainforests, beaches and luxury resorts in Port Douglas makes it an ideal holiday destination.


Explore a World Heritage Site

A full day's excursion will allow you to experience an abundance of marine life amongst exquisite coral reefs such as Staghorn, starfish and turtles. Well experienced divers can opt for a guided tour hosted by a marine biologist. Bad swimmers fear not! Try a semi-submersible tour or an ocean walking tour.


Rainforest exploration

Another World Heritage Site, Daintree Forest has been there since 1988 and is over 180 million years old, where certain plant species have existed alongside the dinosaurs. Experience the rainforest via jungle surfing on a guided zip line, whilst listening to fascinating facts, stories and legends.


Flames of the Forest

This unique cultural experience theatrically combines indigenous food and storytelling. Canapes and aperitifs are served, followed by a grand buffet-style dinner. Members of the Kuku Yalanji tribe will speak of their aboriginal culture, history and heritage. They will be didgeridoo demonstrations and Dreamtime stories as well.


Australian wildlife

The Wildlife Habitat is a great place to get acquainted with Australia's famed wildlife. There are wallabies, koalas, kangaroos, baby crocodiles and partake in cassowary feeding demonstrations. You are allowed to pet and take photos with the animals under staff supervision. Each ticket includes free re-entry as well!


Crocodile spotting

Crocodile express operates cruises along the Daintree River, you are sure to encounter young crocodiles and if you are lucky a Scarface! The dominant males in the region stand at 4.5 meters in length.


Head to 'On the Inlet

This little café overlooking Dickson Islet is a great place to see George, a 2-meter grouper who has been coming for his daily feed for decades. Get there early if you want the best viewing spots of George.


Fourmile beach at sunrise

Have a jog along this exquisite coastline at dawn and watch the sun rising above the aquamarine waters. Make some time to have a chat with some friendly locals who are very welcoming of visitors. There are many Port Douglas family resort around this area such as the Oaks Resort Port Douglas which is minutes away from the beach.


Sunset sail

Sail around Port Douglas on the catamaran 'Aquarius' on this 90-minute sail over the ocean. Canapes and bubbly are served on board, relax and take in the magnificent setting sun overlooking the seas.


Explore the marina boardwalk

Stroll through the marina and discover nice bars and restaurants along the way. Barbados and Hemingway's Brewery come highly recommended and is a great place for drinks and a tasty meal.


Mossman Gorge

Part of the Daintree Rainforest this unique nature spot has lush forests, a crystal clear river, and swimming holes. Guides from the Yalangi tribe conducts walking trails explaining the importance of this location for indigenous cultures and its significant biodiversity.

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