A beginner’s guide to Port Douglas
Situated in far north Queensland, the tropical paradise of Port Douglas is one of the must-visit places if you’re considering an expedition to Australia.
Established in 1877 when gold was discovered nearby, Port Douglas has since grown into one of Australia’s premier tourist hot-spots.
The best way to get to Port Douglas is to fly to Cairns - it’s then 70 kilometres north to get to Port Douglas. There are transport services, but it’s best to hire a car as this will be useful for getting around the area.
The unique location of Port Douglas has it situated between two World Heritage areas - the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest.
Here’s some highlights you might want to add to your itinerary.
The Great Barrier Reef
Port Douglas is the best departure point for exploring the enormous Great Barrier Reef.
There are a huge range of tours available - ideally you should be looking for a scuba or snorkelling tour, but there are also other types of tours available if that’s not your thing.
Snorkelling is a great way of getting a close-up view of the stunning coral and marine life that inhabits this precious part of the world. Scuba diving takes it to another level - you’ll get the best experience if you could do a basic scuba certification course before arriving, but even if you’re not certified there are introductory dives that you’ll be able to do that will let you immerse yourself in the underwater world of the reef.
The Daintree Rainforest
The Daintree is the oldest living rainforest on earth.
Just twenty minutes north of Port Douglas, head to the Mossman Gorge as this is the easiest way to get a feel for the enormity and diversity of the rainforest.
You can go swimming in the Mossman River, walk along tracks, and get a close up experience of the birds and wildlife that call this forest their home.
Just to the north of the Daintree River is Cape Tribulation.
On the edge of the rainforest and the reef, you can stay in Cape Tribulation and enjoy bush walking, kayaking, horse-riding, or just hang out and enjoy the relaxed pace of tropical north Queensland.
It’s a forty five minute drive from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation - it’s a spectacular drive with several look-out points that will demand that you stop and take photos.
An exciting adventure where you’ll feel like you’re exploring uncharted territory in the wilds of the Australian bush.