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Port Douglas is, 70 kilometres of very attractive coastal highway north of Cairns. In this tropical paradise in the north of Australia, you can play golf, shop in world class specialty shops and dine in world class restaurants.

Dive or fish the Great Barrier Reef, take an escorted tour of the Daintree River and Rainforest. This tourism website has all the Port Douglas tourist info and Port Douglas travel info needed to enjoy Port Douglas holidays. Can you think of any other place in the world that is surrounded by not one, but two (count them, two!) UNESCO World Heritage Sites? Didn’t think so – Port Douglas is a truly unique and utterly sensational holiday destination. The northern Queensland, town of Port Douglas slots neatly in between the Great Barrier Reef and the magical Daintree Forest and offers amazing things to do and attractions to provide a memorable vacation.

The coastal strip of the Daintree, Cape Tribulation region to the north of Port Douglas is home to some of the oldest forests in the world. The village of Port Douglas has a natural harbour on one side which includes the Marina Mirage with its excellent shopping and restaurants and on the other side of the peninsula is the beautiful white sandy Four Mile beach.

Port Douglas accommodation ranges right across the spectrum. There are chilled out villas, hidden Port Douglas hotels and friendly guesthouses, all catering to individual budgets as well as some excellent Port Douglas resorts.

It is possible to travel from Cairns by coach or you can rent a car or mobile home if you fancy stopping off en route. In fact, the Captain Cook Highway is considered to be one of the most picturesque roads in Australia, as it meanders along the coast, passing beautiful tropical beaches.

Whilst in the Port Douglas region you can choose between car and bus or, if you're feeling adventurous, you can hire a bike and go off exploring on your own. The nearest airport is Cairns and there are many flights to Cairns.

The history of Port Douglas is based around gold fever. The town was ounded in 1877 but the gold rush meant the population quickly escalated as people arrived from all over the country to try and find their fortunes. As the gold dwindled so did the population of the town and industry virtually disappeared.

The infrastructure was then largely destroyed by a cyclone in 1911 and there seemed little way back for the blighted Port Douglas. However, with its natural beauty and un spoilt beaches it was soon rediscovered and slowly but surely the town gained a reputation as a tourist destination. It is now popular with Australians as well as foreign visitors.

It is very likely that you will need a hire car in Port Douglas and a good idea is to pick up at Cairns airport and use it for your transfers. The search box below is an easy way to secure the best Port Douglas car rental deals.

The beaches around Port Douglas also offer excellent opportunities for snorkeling and diving. There are also various walks and tours into the World Heritage listed rainforest. Port Douglas is probably best known for its pristine Four Mile Beach . The sand on the beach is particularly compact and this, combined with the length of the beach, means it has been used for horse and motorbike racing, as well as sunbathing!

There's not much you say about the Great Barrier Reef that hasn't been said many times before. This is a natural wonder of the world. The largest living organism structure on Earth. The reef is over 2,600km long, bigger than the Great Wall of China and easily visible from space. The Great Barrier Reef has been listed as a World Heritage site since 1981. It's Australia's most sought-after tourist attraction and draws millions of visitors every year.

Great Barrier Reef

The obvious drawcard of the Great Barrier Reef is the excellent snorkelling and scuba-diving. Beneath the turquoise waters of the Pacific Ocean lies a diversity of marine creatures matched by few other places on Earth.

Thirty species of whales, dolphins and porpoises are known to live in the Great Barrier Reef. Sharks, giant rays, turtles and an endless variety of spectacular tropical fish all share their home amongst the reef. It's a diver's dream come true, and if you haven't experienced scuba-diving there's no better place to give it a try.

The Great Barrier Reef is one of the most phenomenal natural attractions anywhere on this planet, and for Australians it's a cherished national treasure, a symbol of our nation's beauty.

We welcome visitors from all corners of the world who come here to experience the magic of the reef. Because you can't say you've done Australia until you've done the Great Barrier Reef.

Port Douglas tours

Launch yourself into the Great Barrier Reef from Port Douglas, and make the most of the beauty of the world’s largest coral reef. Travel by high speed catamaran on one of the many Port Douglas tours to dive sites teeming with tropical fish, sea cucumbers and colourful corals. Snorkel or scuba among this living paradise, then enjoy a gourmet lunch on board. Cruise to a secluded coral cay in the middle of the ocean - complete with golden sandy beaches and swaying palm trees - where you can continue your diving adventures or take some time out in the sun. Enjoy a drink from the bar as you sit on the deck and cruise back to port.

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Day trip it north to the Daintree, a lush rainforest packed with diverse flora and fauna. See the forest from the treetops as you swing through on the Jungle Surfing Canopy tour, or take the more traditional walk along the peaceful boardwalks on the forest floor. Jump in a 4WD for an exciting ride out to the magnificent Cassowary Falls, then stay on in the park after dark for a guided night tour of the forest by torchlight.

Get away from it all with a day tour to the historic Cooktown. Spend the day brushing up on your indigenous and mining history at the James Cook Museum; find the local monuments to infamous townfolk; visit the Milibi Wall and its beautiful examples of Aboriginal art; and head to the top of Grassy Hill to visit the lighthouse and enjoy the beautiful sunset.

For an authentic cultural experience operated by traditional landowners you can’t go past the Bama Way Discovery Tour. Local indigenous guides will show you through their country, sharing their extensive knowledge of both the physical and the spiritual aspects of the land. You’ll learn the meaning behind some of the ancient rock art paintings and sacred sites, how to throw a spear, which plants are used for medicinal purposes and which are safe to eat.

Nestled in the Atherton Tablelands lies the Chillagoe-Mungana Caves National Park. Ranger guided cave tours explore the extensive cave system, ranging from short descents to longer, more adventurous treks through the maze of caverns and chambers – don’t forget your torch!

The beautiful beaches and luxurious rainforests of Port Douglas provide the perfect backdrop for more adventurous pastimes. Indulge in a high flying hot air balloon ride, taking in the spectacular birds-eye views of the rainforest and start of the Australian Outback. Let your balloon operator show you the best of the area as the sun comes up, then come back to earth for a delicious breakfast buffet complete with bubbly.


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