Explore Port Douglas
The Daintree National Park
Imagine visiting the only place on Earth that has not one, but two World Heritage Listed entities side by side. Imagine no more, holiday in Port Douglas and The Daintree National Park, Australia’s Tropical Rainforests and the Great Barrier Reef in Tropical North Queensland are on your doorstep.
Over the past decade, the world and in particular the Tropical North Queensland region has become increasingly aware of the value and uniqueness of the natural environment.
Tourism has turned into Ecotourism and that in turn has enforced us to focuses on the North Queensland region’s world heritage pristine rainforests, its marine environment and ecosystems which have now become a major part of the Port Douglas and Daintree tourism industry. Come and visit this pristine World Heritage listed area for yourself.
This scenic and special icon is very accessible and opens your eyes to the plethora of flora and fauna that call this special place home. Stroll along the 400 metre walking track to viewing platforms over the Mossman River or take a longer track through lush, green rainforest and learn how the local Kuku Yalanji people use the local plants in traditional ways.
Make a day trip to the region from your Port Douglas holiday accommodation, with a rnage of companies running day trips this area it is very accessible. Enjoy bush walking or kayaking, horse riding treks as well as reef cruises to take you diving and snorkeling, massages, fruit tastings, river cruises and 4WD Safaris. The area has many activities to offer. Come and see for yourself.
Great Barrier Reef
With the Great Barrier Reef at your doorstep in Port Douglas, you must experience one of the seven natural wonders of the world. This amazing underwater botanical garden is one of the most diverse ecosystems on earth. Not only is it a divers and snorkelers playground but it is home to thousands of marine plants and animal species and stretches more than two thousand kilometres along the Queensland Coast. Come and experience the world`s largest reef system.
There is just so much to see on the spectacular Great Barrier Reef from an endless array of soft and hard corals that display a range of shape, colours and forms. The plethora of marine animals will amaze you, reef fish, turtles, eels, rays, small shells and giant clams, starfish and sea cucumbers. Come and see for yourself.
Cruising out across the Coral Sea to spend a day exploring, swimming or diving on the Great Barrier Reef is a holiday highlight for every visitor. Port Douglas is a great holiday destination in itself as well as departure point for both the Low Isles and the Great Barrier Reef tours, with a number of tourism operators offering day trips, sunset cruises, snorkelling and diving adventures.
The range of reef tours available means there is a trip to suit everyone, certified and novice divers, snorkellers or non-swimmers are all catered for and there are also several different reef destinations to choose from.
Tourism operators are given the task of guardians to this largest world heritage listed area and it is their job to ensure that we all use the Great Barrier Reef responsibly ensuring it is ecologically sustainable and world class for everyone to enjoy.
Cairns,1 hour drive south of Port Douglas is the International gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest and a great place to begin your North Queensland holiday. Cairns offers both a domestic and international airport making it a favourite destination for both Australians and international holiday makers.
Cairns is a vibrant and exciting city and has over 600 tours departing daily, giving you the biggest and most accessible range of day and overnight trips available. There is bound to be something for everyone.
The main destinations of interest of these tours out of Cairns are the Great Barrier Reef, Kuranda Village, Daintree Rainforest and the Tablelands.
Like Port Douglas, Cairns offers day trips to the Great Barrier Reef departing daily all year round catering to all levels of experience, whether you are a beginner snorkeler, advanced diver or do not swim at all we can find you the right reef cruise for your ultimate Great Barrier Reef adventure.
Kuranda day trips are very flexible and can be tailored to your interests, day trips can include either the basic Kuranda Train & Skyrail experience to the Ultimate Experience incorporating many attractions within the village. The Kuranda Skyrail can be enjoyed as a complete day tour adventure or combined as a package with a number of Cairns’ other leading tourist attractions. Skyrail’s Kuranda Terminal is located a short walk from the famous village of Kuranda where you’ll be able to enjoy the local attractions and shopping. A truly wonderful day out and one that everyone will enjoy.
A scenic one hour drive west from Cairns is the Atherton Tablelands also known as the Cairns Highlands. Among the rolling hills dairy cattle and deer graze on green pastures and farms grow tea, coffee, nuts, corn, vegetables and flowers for local and export markets. Everything thrives on this cool tropical plateau where temperatures and humidity are generally lower, providing an ideal break away from the heat of the coast.