So what is there to do in Port Douglas? Obviously the rainforest and the reef are big attractions for the area drawing in hundreds of thousands of tourists every year and turning this sleepy little ex-gold rush town into one of the most popular tropical tourist destinations in the world.
One of the seven wonders of the natural world, the Great Barrier Reef is the other main attraction in Port Douglas and is home to over 3000 reef systems, 600 islands, and covers an area of 300,000 square kilometres.
What you do out at the reef is totally up to you. Snorkelling, diving, swimming or simply cruising around are all catered for with the main goal is to give tourists the most out of their Great Barrier Reef experience.
The Daintree Rainforest is the oldest living rainforest on earth dating back 65 million years. Protected by the Daintree National Park, this breathtaking natural wonder is approximately 1200 square kilometres in size and entertains people from all walks of life with its rare animal and plant life indigenous only to Daintree.
You can take a 4WD tour of the rainforest, or take a scenic helicopter flight over the rainforest canopy. Take an Aboriginal cultural tour and learn traditional hunting and gathering techniques plus interact on ancient ancestral trails. Why not soar high above on a Skyrail Rainforest Cableway?
Mossman Gorge is another must visit whilst in Port Douglas. It has numerous rainforest bush walks, a swimming hole and magnificent display of flora and fauna.
Out of the forest now and onto the beach, Four Mile Beach to be exact. One of the most spectacular beaches that you’re ever likely to visit, Four Mile Beach’s white sand and aqua blue water seems to go on for ever and there are a number of public reserves at the beach ideal for a picnic lunch.
If you feel like a bit of retail therapy in Port Douglas then why not head to the Marina Mirage Shopping complex? If you can’t find what you’re after looking for go for a walk down Macrossan Street and see if any of their exclusive labels or boutiques tickle your fancy.
Dining in Port Douglas is an attraction in its own right. There are a large number of award winning restaurants in the area offering everything from amazingly fresh, locally caught seafood through to casual Italian bistros, five star buffets and funky cafes.
Held every May, the Port Douglas Carnival has a number of culinary events that are well worth checking. The ‘Longest Lunch’, Seafood Extravaganza and Masquerade Ball are the most notable of these.
No matter what your accommodation needs, Port Douglas has you covered. There’s a whole range of cheaper accommodations suitable for those on a shoe string budget, a selection of 3 to 5 star hotels as well as holiday apartments, bed and breakfasts and homestays.
But if you want a truly unforgettable holiday experience then why not try one of the luxury beachside resorts in Port Douglas?