70km north of Cairns you’ll discover a tropical little town with plenty to offer. Popular with tourists and celebrities and treasured by locals, Port Douglas has markets, beaches, walking trails, and some exciting tours for those wanting to experience the wonders of Far North Queensland. We’ve compiled a list of the best activities for families in Port Douglas.
1. Unobstructed views from the sky
See the Daintree Rainforest and Great Barrier Reef from a completely new angle by taking this scenic helicopter flight over the region. The flight offers unobstructed, spectacular aerial views of the best areas around Port Douglas. Your pilot will provide informative commentary on your surroundings during the flight. You can choose from 30, 40, or 60 minute flights – all exploring different, exciting areas. Check out GBR Helicopters here.
2. Kayak in the Coral Sea
Glide along the Coral Sea on a family-friendly kayak tour as you take in spectacular views of the endless sea and the shore lined with palm trees. From your kayak, you have the chance of spotting green turtles, rays, fish, and sea birds; sometimes even dugongs and dolphins, if you’re lucky! Your friendly guide will provide commentary of your surroundings and the wildlife inhabiting the area as you paddle across the water. Whether you’ve never kayaked before or are experienced, this is a must do in Port Douglas!
3. Flora and fauna
Join this wonderful tour and explore the surrounding regions of Port Douglas, and the creatures that inhabit them. During this tour you’ll discover the gorgeous rainforest and interesting wildlife that reside within it. You will also enjoy a private wetland boat cruise including a light morning tea, followed by a visit to the grasslands where you will meet wild Eastern Grey kangaroos. Other stops during this tour include the gorgeous Curtain Fig Tree, ancient Bull Kauri Trees, and lunch beside a tranquil crater lake. The tour concludes with a drop off back to your accommodation. For more information visit Blue Adventures website.
4. Marvel at ancient beasts
Adults and kids alike will have a ball at this award-winning eco-tourism attraction near Port Douglas. During your visit you will cruise the wetlands and discover the prehistoric reptiles that inhabit them while your friendly guide will provide commentary on the crocodiles and other native animals you may encounter. Witness the stealth of these beasts during the crocodile attack show, and learn more about the animals of park during the keeper talk shows. The wildlife park also showcases other types of Australian wildlife including cassowaries, koalas, snakes, and more! Hotel transfers are included in this tour. Check out Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures.
Situated roughly 1 hour drive north of the Cairns CBD, Port Douglas has its own beauties to offer. If you’re looking to stay in a small town on edge of the tropical shoreline, Port Douglas is just the place for you!
Feature image courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland. Photographer: Krista Eppelstun.