Port Douglas is a beautiful coastal town located in the Tropical North Queensland, approximately 60km north of Cairns. It’s known for its stunning natural beauty, proximity to the Great Barrier Reef, and its relaxed tropical atmosphere. It is an ideal holiday destination for anyone wanting to escape the hustle and bustle and recharge amongst sandy white beaches, tropical rainforest and some of Queensland’s most unforgettable landscapes, attractions and experiences. To make the most of your Port Douglas holiday, here are our top 13 things to do when visiting this tropical paradise.
As one of the most popular attractions of North Queensland, no Port Douglas holiday would be complete without a day trip to the Great Barrier Reef. Take a reef tour to snorkel or dive in this world-renowned marine wonderland, exploring vibrant coral reefs and diverse marine life, and create life-long memories.
2. Four Mile Beach
This pristine sandy beach (pictured above) stretches for miles and offers a picturesque setting for relaxation, sunbathing, swimming, and beach walks. It doesn’t get much more “tropical paradise” than this!
Just a short drive from Port Douglas, Mossman Gorge is part of the Daintree Rainforest and offers walking trails, crystal-clear swimming holes, and an immersive Aboriginal cultural experience.
Explore the ancient Daintree Rainforest, the oldest rainforest in the world. You can take guided tours, hike along trails, and even go zip-lining through the canopy.
The one-of-a-kind Wildlife Habitat wildlife park allows you to get up close to native Australian animals, including kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, and crocodiles.
6. Port Douglas Sunday Markets
Held every Sunday at Market Park (adjoining Anzac Park on the inlet at Wharf St), these markets offer a variety of local products, including fresh produce, arts and crafts, clothing, and souvenirs.
7. Marina Mirage
This is the main hub for boat tours to the Great Barrier Reef. It also features shops, restaurants, and a lovely waterfront area to stroll around.
8. Flagstaff Hill Lookout
A short hike up to Flagstaff Hill Lookout provides panoramic views of Four Mile Beach, the Coral Sea, and the surrounding mountains.
9. Island Point Lookout
Another excellent viewpoint, offering breathtaking views of Four Mile Beach, the inlet, and the distant mountains.
10. Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyrail
While it’s not exactly in Port Douglas, we recommend a day trip to experience these unique and wonderful local attractions. The historic railway journey and the gondola skyrail ride offer stunning views of the rainforest and waterfalls.
11. Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures
Get up-close and personal with crocs at Hartleys! This attraction is a short drive from Port Douglas and offers opportunities to see and learn about Australia’s fascinating crocodiles and other wildlife.
If you’re a golf enthusiast, Port Douglas has a couple of excellent golf courses that offer scenic views and challenging gameplay.
13. Fine Dining
Port Douglas has a vibrant dining scene, offering a range of options from fresh seafood to international cuisine. Enjoy dining with a view of the ocean or in charming courtyard settings. Remember that the best things to do can also depend on your personal interests and preferences, so talk to the locals and see what hidden gems you can find in Port Douglas. Whether you’re into outdoor activities, marine adventures, exploring nature, or simply relaxing by the beach, Port Douglas has something for everyone.
Looking For Port Douglas Accommodation?
We recommend the following quality Port Douglas apartments:
Verandahs Apartments are located in one of Tropical North Queensland’s most desirable holiday destinations. Offering 1 & 2 bedroom self contained accommodation in the heart of Port Douglas. Learn More »
Tropical Reef Apartments is a short 150 metre stroll to the famous 4 Mile Beach and a mere 50 metres to Macrossan Street’s bars, cafes restaurants and boutique shops. Located in walking distance to the Crystal Brooke Super Marina. Learn More »
Meridian Port Douglas is a contemporary boutique child-free resort that offers 33 luxury 4 ½ star apartments in a selection of self-catered Studios and One Bedroom Apartments. Meridian is ideal for couples requiring a peaceful and relaxing getaway and is suitable only for mature guests over 16 years of age. Learn More »