Beach and tropical vegetation in Port Douglas, Australia
FROM REEF TO RAINFOREST

Cruise to Port Douglas, Australia

Once a sleepy fishing village, Port Douglas today is a resort town that doubles in population during peak tourist season from May to September. Located an hour's drive north of Cairns, the town's main attraction is its easy access to two World Heritage sites: Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. Head to Mossman Gorge in Daintree for bushwalking among lushly forested groves — the landscape here is up to 180 million years old, and some of its plant species may have coexisted with dinosaurs. Cruise to Port Douglas and take a reef exploration tour, which allows you to snorkel among the coral, crustaceans and colorful fish. Or take a dip in the crystal-blue waters at Four Mile Beach, surrounded by rainforest views.
National Language English
Currency Accepted Australian Dollar (AUD)

Things To Do in Port Douglas

Young Kangaroo in Port Douglas, Australia

Port Douglas, Australia Young Kangaroo

Get Wild

Get Wild

The Wildlife Habitat is the number one attraction in Port Douglas proper. It's known for its immersive and interactive animal experiences. You can have lunch with the lorikeets, cuddle a koala for a souvenir photo, go on a kangaroo tour and see other reptiles and birds being fed throughout the day.

Mossman River flowing at Daintree Park in Port Douglas, Australia

Port Douglas, Australia Mossman River

Delve Into Daintree

Delve Into Daintree

Mossman Gorge is located 20 minutes from Port Douglas. It's located in Daintree National Park, which is home to the world's oldest rainforest. You can go on either a self-guided rainforest walk or a guided Dreamtime walk at Mossman Gorge to learn more about the area's indigenous history.

Snorkelers at the Great Barrier Reef by Port Douglas, Australia

Port Douglas, Australia Snorkelers

No Barrier to Adventure

Catch a ride on a half-day tour available daily to the Great Barrier Reef. The Low Isles are located a 15-minute boat ride from Port Douglas. The sandy cay is fortunately surrounded by the reef for snorkelers. Or there's the option to do a glass-bottom boat tour.

Squid Ink Spaghetti with spicy shrimps in Port Douglas, Australia

Port Douglas, Australia Squid Ink Spaghetti

Local Cuisine

Port Douglas is quickly becoming a well-known destination for great dining. Modern Australian spots like Nautilus serve up creative takes on the bounty of the area's land and sea, including whole coral trout or kangaroo tenderloin. You can also find Italian restaurants that leverage the region's top-notch seafood in dishes like squid ink pasta with local prawns. Cruise to Port Douglas and try the quinoa salad from Betty's Bohemian Beach Cafe for a healthy, light lunch.

Traditional baskets weaved by natives in Port Douglas, Australia

Port Douglas, Australia Traditional Baskets

Shopping

Macrossan Street is the main thoroughfare in Port Douglas. It's where you'll find Tahitian Lime, a swimwear line and clothing boutique by Australian sisters, Prue and Brooke Needham. You can also find boutiques selling great souvenir items like indigenous Australian baskets and other crafts during your cruise. Meanwhile, the gift shop at Wildlife Habitat is stocked with locally produced tea, coffee and Daintree chocolate.

Insider's Tips
Insider's Tips
1 During summer, remember to only swim in the stinger net installed at Four Mile Beach.
2 Port Douglas has a tropical climate, so don't forget to bring sunscreen and insect repellent with you.

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