Located amidst a varied topography of Coral Sea, mountains, rainforest and with attractions like the Great Barrier Reef close by, Port Douglas remains an unparalleled Australian destination for sightseers.
With many things to see and often little time, the following will give you some tips on things to do in the area.
Port Douglas Carnivale
Exploding this year in full colourful splendour, the Port Douglas Carnivale will be running from the 18th to the 27th of May. Here festive dancing and gourmet food and wine tasting figure as some of the more popular activities available.
There’s also art and photography exhibitions, a local rodeo, comedy night, and a grand fiesta to close it all off, with South American tapas, cocktails and DJs to coax you long into the night.
Restaurants in the Area
If you’re a food lover and you’re looking to soak up the remarkable tropical surrounds while you eat, here are a few suggestions that come highly recommended.
Ospreys Restaurant Port Douglas – Located at five star luxury resort Thala Beach Lodge, roughly 20 minutes drive from Port Douglas, Ospreys Restaurant is a place where you can indulge in quality cuisine immersed in a rainforest environment. Here birds leap amongst nearby tree tops while you feast on local fresh seafood and sip premium Australian wines. Other restaurants within Port Douglas worth checking out include Zinc and Finz.
The Great Barrier Reef
Port Douglas is a great town to access day trips or overnight trips to the Great Barrier Reef, Fantastic snorkelling, diving and relaxation await you amongst the world’s largest living ecosystem.
Many tour operators pickup and drop off from your Port Douglas accommodation.
Helicopter trips, underwater submersibles and night dives are all different and unique ways you can see the wonder of the Great Barrier Reef. Coral spawning and whale watching happens at select times of the year so if you’re lucky enough to be in Port Douglas during one of these unique Great Barrier Reef events make sure you book yourself onto a boat to check it out.
Daintree Rainforest and Mossman Gorge
With the world heritage Daintree Rainforest so close at hand, visiting some of its more accessible parts is a must, one of which is the Mossman Gorge.
Surrounded by a precipitous mountain range and rare flora and fauna, the Mossman Gorge is a natural wonderland. Here translucent water located in a dense rainforest valley beckon the visitor for a closer look.
The area is also home to the Kuku Yalanji people, and has been for over 50,000 years. The Kuku Yalanji take visitors on several tours in the area, revealing their traditional way of life that has prevailed over countless generations.
Roughly 100 kilometres to the north of Port Douglas lies Cape Tribulation. Well worth a visit due to its striking geography, where dense forest mountains meet the clear Coral Sea, the cape has a range of options for you to enjoy.
Here one can relax in any number of eco-lodges, hotels or hostels in a pristine environment. Activities in the area include jungle surfing, kayaking, crocodile cruises and 4WD tours.
Port Douglas Markets
Head into town for the Port Douglas markets, where over 100 stalls of varied produce await the visitor. This is a place where one can savour delicious resident produce and admire local art and craft while listening to buskers sing above sounds of the nearby rainforest.
Enjoy a fresh hot coffee and a market mooch where the rainforest meets the sea. What better way to spend a Sunday morning?