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What to do in Port Douglas
A tour to Cape Tribulation is a must, although staying there overnight is even better !
Click here to browse a complete listing of recommended tours in Port Douglas that you can book on-line
A relaxing Thai massage in Port Douglas
No good relaxing holiday is complete without a good relaxing massage. The town has quite a few spas and massage places but when we are in town we always go to this Traditional Thai Massage in Port Douglas. All their massage therapists are professionally trained and experienced and will rejuvenate your body and mind.
Local adventure company Backcountry Bliss is based in Port Douglas and offers all sorts of tours from snorkeling in Mossman Gorge to seakayaking to Snapper Island, jungle surfing, mountain biking etc. Check out their range of tours...
One of the highlights of Port Douglas is Four Mile Beach. A very long stretch of beach that looks spectacular from the lookout. There is a stingernet in the summertime to keep those nasty box jelly fish away from you, and there are lifesavers on duty anytime of year at the northern end of the beach.
Cane toad races
Cape Tribulation / Daintree
Cape Tribulation is simply a MUST SEE on your north Queensland
holiday, and you should allow at least a few days for this. Too many
people go there only on a daytrip and later say; if only I'd known.
More Daintree day tours from Cairns and Port Douglas can be found on Daintree-holidays.com.au, an excellent site with tourist information for the Daintree, maps, and a wide range of Daintree accommodation and tours
Day Port Douglas to Cape York Adventure - Cape York
is one of the last remaining wilderness areas in the world and
this awesome adventure will show you all the highlights of it
in an eight day journey, such as the Daintree National Park, Cape
Tribulation, Bloomfield Track, Cooktown, Cedar Bay, Lions Den
Pub, Iron Range National Park, Punsand Bay and Thursday Island.
Travel one way by road and the other way by plane along the spectacular
Queensland coast line.
More info and reservations....
At Hartleys Creek Crocodile Adventures, a short drive from Port Douglas, you can see crocodiles, koalas, cassowaries etc.
Note that crocodiles are all around north Queensland, including the inlet where the markets are held, but they manage to hide themselves very well.
Daintree Station, situated in the beautiful Whyanbeel Valley with the Daintree Rainforest in arms reach and just a short drive from Port Douglas. Daintree Station offers something for the whole family, with activities including ATV Quads adventures, Horse ride trails, Zorb ball action and our award winning Stockmans Lunch Musters. Whether you are looking for an adventurous quad ride through the rainforest or a personalised horse trail ride, we cater for all experience levels and our team will ensure you enjoy your experience with us. More info....
Port Douglas has a huge choice of places to eat and drink, and with most of them along the main street of Macrossan Street it is easy to go for a walk and check them all out. Some more places can be found at the Port Douglas Marina, a short stroll from the town centre. Although there are plenty of good dining experiences in Port Douglas there is one that stands out;
Flames of the Forest is not right in Port Douglas but a transfer bus will take you to this forest where you can experience the indigenous culture, customs and unique Australian cuisine. An incomparable evening of event theatre which brings to light & life the stories and secrets of this ancient place. More info and reservations....
The Iron Bar is a very popular place for a drink or a meal in Port Douglas. The interior is entirely made up of rough timber, rusty roofing iron etc. but this all adds to the character. This place also runs cane toad races several times a week and serves Canetoad Lager, a tasty boutique beer. This place is easy to find in the main street towards the harbour end.
The Port Douglas Courthouse Hotel has been a favourite watering hole for many years, it is easily found at the end of the main street at the harbour end, just across the street from Anzaz Park where the Sunday markets are held. Many nights there is live music at this pub, the Sunday sessions are lively and they do some well priced meals here too.
Rainforest Habitat does a good brekky, known as 'Breakfast With The Birds'. A big buffet of tropical fruits and all the other breakfast goodies set under a large sail on which all shapes of birds walk around, together with the rising sun providing a very artistic shadow play. Lots of other birds fly around within the breakfast area so guard your breakfast closely as the birds know how to help themselves. This award winning wildlife park is easy to find on the corner of the town's entrance road and the Cook Highway, and easy to get to on the local bus. And after brekky you can see koalas, cassowaries, crocodiles and plenty of other animals all in one day!
There are several fishing charter boats based in Port Douglas, and you can even hire your own dinghy to try your luck on Dickson Inlet.
Norseman fishing charters via email
Rent a boat on the inlet from Port Douglas Boathire, phone 40996277
Never flown in a micro light before? Here's your chance, Adventure Microlights will take you up in the air and as it is an instructional flight you will be able to take the controls and do some flying too!
Or sit back and let someone else do the flying! Skysafari does helicopter flights to where ever you would like to go!
If you are into golf you have come to the right place, Port Douglas has an excellent golf course at the Mirage Resort, and another one at the Sea Temple.
Jungle Surfing is the newest way to see the rainforest, in the
canopy high up in the trees !
Get picked up from your Port Douglas accommodation and taken up to Cape Tribulation for this unforgettable experience,
click here for more info and online bookings....
Every Sunday markets are held in Anzac Park at the
end of the main street. They start early and start winding up
soon after midday. There is a great range of local arts and crafts
for sale and fresh fruit and vegetables.
Not much in the way of food anymore, a few years ago some bright spark at the local council decided that cooking of food was no longer allowed at the markets, though they can still sell food that was pre-cooked elsewhere.
Of course it is more dangerous to eat food that was cooked yesterday than fresh on the spot but that's local council logic...
Looking for a massage in Port Douglas? Treat yourself to a massage at Delphina's Healing Arts in the picturesque town of Mossman, only a short drive from Port Douglas near Mossman Gorge, on the way to Cape Tribulation.
Mossman Gorge is a very scenic place where the Mossman river cuts through some beautiful rainforest. It is a short drive of about 20km. north of Port Douglas, but avoid the middle of the day to visit this place as it tends to get quite busy. Best times are early in the day or late afternoon. You can also swim in the river but be aware of strong currents if it has rained and the river flows strongly, people have drowned here. You might also be surprised how cold the water is, although this area is called tropical north Queensland.
Explore the town on foot. Flagstaff Hill is a good hike to get the heart pumping, and offers a great view over Four Mile Beach and the town.
If you would like to see koalas, cassowaries, crocodiles and plenty of other animals all in one day, head for the Rainforest Habitat. This award winning wildlife park is easy to find on the corner of the town's entrance road and the Cook Highway, and easy to get to on the local bus. They also do an excellent brekky, known as 'Breakfast With The Birds'. A big buffet of tropical fruits and all the other breakfast goodies set under a large sail on which all shapes of birds walk around, together with the rising sun providing a very artistic shadow play. Lots of other birds fly around within the breakfast area so guard your breakfast closely as the birds know how to help themselves.
You can ride the Ballyhooley train from Port Douglas to Mossman along the tracks used by the sugar cane trains.
Several sailing boats are based in Port Douglas that can take you out, either on full daytrips, half day trips or a sunset cruise with drinks on board. Trips may go out all the way to the Great Barrier Reef or to the closer Low Isles.
If you like shopping then Port Douglas is the place for you! Pictured above is the shopping centre at the Port Douglas Marina where you can shop in airconditioned comfort, and there is the whole main street full of clothing boutiques and arts and crafts shops.
Not far from Port Douglas is the Shannonvale Winery, where they make quite a range of wines from tropical fruits. Orange, grapefruit, mango, lychee, jaboticaba, and lots more. The black sapote (chocolate pudding fruit) port is also a very nice drop. It is signposted from the Cook Highway, from Port Douglas head north towards Mossman and then turn left at the signs.