To say there is no shortage of Port Douglas things to do is an understatement in any language. No other region in the world is bordered by two magnificent World Heritage Listed attractions like Port Douglas is; the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree National Park.
Visitors have been coming to Port Douglas to see, touch and taste what is one of the most beautiful and environmentally enriched destinations on the planet. And at the centre of all this natural beauty is the town of Port Douglas itself.
Top of the Port Douglas things to do list is arguably to visit the Great Barrier Reef. You can ‘do the reef’ in many ways, but just do it! The Great Barrier Reef is one of the world’s most spectacular natural wonders with more than 400 species of coral and 1,500 species of fish, sea turtles, dolphins and rays. The variety of tours is endless, and visitors can see the reef from the deck of a boat, diving, through glass bottom boats or snorkelling alongside the fish.
The other Port Douglas things to do that you need to check off, is a trip to the Daintree National Park. Home to more species of plants and animals than any other place on earth and Australia’s largest tropical rainforest, the Daintree National Park has several types of day trips on offer. One of the more popular is a tour led by indigenous aboriginals that has visitors sliding in the mud of mango swamps and learning survival skills including how to catch their own seaside dinner.
Without having to travel, Four Mile Beach with its turquoise waters and wide sandy beaches is postcard beautiful and one of the region’s favourites and located right on the border of the town of Port Douglas. The waves are gentle and family-friendly, while the strong winter Trade Winds make it popular with kite surfers from June to August.
To take all the natural beauty in, take a trip up to Flagstaff Hill, which offers an amazing view of the entire region. You can make the climb by foot, as it’s quite gentle or alternative by car.
Several other options also include not even having to leave the town itself. You can visit one of the friendliest local markets on a Sunday, located right on the waterfront in an historic park. Other Port Douglas things to do include shopping and visiting galleries in the main shopping precincts including the Wharf and Macrossan Street.
To keep all that energy going, there is an extraordinarily good choice of restaurants and cafes in and around the town. The stunning Ospreys Restaurant at Thala Eco Lodge, is a must-do experience, especially foodies. Imaginative, local and seasonal modern Australian cuisine served in a magnificent environment will impress even the most discerning diner. Other wining choices include the Nautilus Restaurant set above the main street of Port Douglas and the Salsa Bar and Grill with great local food with an emphasis on seafood.