This spectacular walking trail has become a popular must-do attraction in this iconic resort town. Take a selfie on the new erected platform that hovers over the crystal blue Coral Sea and enjoy the magnificent views of Low Isles, Snapper Island and the Daintree Rainforest. You can choose to start at the famous Four Mile Beach end or at the iconic Anzac park side. To be spoilt with breathtaking views, you must climb some stairs. Reasonable fitness is required.
As part of the World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest, Mossman Gorge is home to the oldest continually surviving rainforest anywhere on earth. Located approximately 20 min north from Port Douglas, the Mossman Gorge is one of the regions most iconic attractions, known best for its lush rainforest, refreshing water streams, powerful mountains and of course the stunning Gorge. It can be easily accessed by driving your own car or simply take a tour group bus or their daily bus transfers. The Mossman Gorge Centre is open from 8:00am until 6:00pm 7 days per week, except Christmas Day. Visitors must park at the Mossman Gorge Centre and use the shuttle bus service to access the gorge itself.
The most spectacular and oldest part of the Daintree rain forest is north of the Daintree River. After crossing the river on an old fashioned cable ferry there is a range of boardwalks and untouched beaches to explore, and the endangered cassowary can be encountered anywhere. There are many tour operators that can take you there or you can explore at your own leisure. Simply pop in our office to grab a useful map that points out different attractions along the way.
The Bally Hooley Train is a steam engine that runs on most Sundays in Port Douglas between Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina and St Crispin’s Station. Your leisurely hour journey starts with a panoramic view over the harbour and its collection of sailing charter boats, luxurious superyachts, pleasure craft and trawlers. After passes through the tropical mangroves nestled behind the busy streets of Port Douglas, the train then heads on towards the St Crispins Station where the vibrant lakeside Choo's Choo's cafe is located. Enjoy brunch, a refreshing drink or an ice cream at this popular cafe while the locomotive is un-coupled and prepared for your return journey. The Lake and Daintree range views are simply breathtaking - an ideal attraction for all visitors.
It was originally an Aboriginal trail between the coastal and mountain regions and in the early days of settlement, was a crucial link between Port Douglas and the hinterland for settlers and miners. It is 6km long and can be very steep in places so it isn't suited for the faint hearted but those who tackle the track, will be rewarded with stunning views over Low Isles, the Mowbray river inlet and the Mowbray Falls.
A wonderful Heritage Walking Trail, for those who are interested, can go back in time to see some of the historic landmarks around the township. You can pick up a self guided walking map from the Port Douglas Tourist Information Centre or you can call into the Port Douglas Museum (near Anzac Park) for the trail map and more information.
The Port Douglas Markets are held every Sunday at Anzac Park (which is at the end of Macrossan Street/Wharf Street) from 8:30am till 3pm. The stalls are a mix of local arts, crafts, unique souvenirs and fresh produce of all kinds. It’s fun even if you’re just browsing and mixing with the locals. The iconic Sugar Wharf and St. Mary's Chuch make this event a very picturesque and authentic Port Douglas experience.
The iconic Lady Douglas River Cruise runs a 2:30pm and 4:30pm crocodile cruise every day from the Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina and is a great way to explore the Port Douglas Dixon inlet. Enjoy some breathtakings views of the coral sea, mountains and the iconic Sugar Wharf and St. Mary's Church.
The Advanced Eco-accredited Wildlife Habitat, at the entrance of Port Douglas, is a wildlife immersion exhibit - an open and interactive environment for guests and animals to mingle in a spacious natural setting. Enjoy breakfast or lunch with the birds. An ideal family attraction.
25 minutes south of Port Douglas, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures is simply the best place to see crocodiles and local wildlife in Tropical North Queensland. With over 2100 metres of timber boardwalks and pathways leading you on a journey of discovery through woodlands and rainforest where you can see an array of wildlife, including beautiful tropical birds, reptiles, insects and other native fauna. A full day of family fun.
Explore the scenery of Port Douglas with a leisurely bike ride through town and along the shoreline of Four Mile Beach or hit up the local mountain trails for an off-road adventure. Bikes can be hired just for the day or longer at Bike Shop and Hire on Warner Street. Tandems, kid’s bikes, baby seats, road and mountain bikes are all available for a journey of sight-seeing.
Cruise on Pontoon Boats available for hire at the Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina in Port Douglas, for an idyllic fishing trip along 15km of inlet and mangrove forest. Admire the wildlife amidst natural surrounds, with rods in hand and an optional BBQ or esky on board. Up to 6 people can travel per boat, with no fishing or boat licence required. Port Douglas Boat Hire can be accessed by a short stroll down the boardwalk after parking your car in the parking spaces along the road or in the parking lot beside the Marina.
Soak up some sun on beautiful Four Mile Beach with classic, fun activities ideal for families. From surfboards, stand-up paddle boards and kayaks to tubes and cricket gear, there are many ways to maximise your enjoyment while still being able to ‘kick back’ and relax on the tropical shores. Beach gear can be rented from Port Douglas Watersports & Beach Hire situated directly on the sands near the Lifeguard hut.
Port Douglas is a gateway to the ocean, with an abundance of water activities to take advantage of. Along with board, kite and wetsuit hire, there are Beginner and Advanced Kite Surfing lessons run by WindSwell Kitesurfing and Standup Paddle Australia that take place off Four Mile Beach. Guided Stand-up Paddle Boarding beach sessions and adventure tours also provide an interactive, Tropical Far North experience. Unique and exhilarating ways of enjoying the Port Douglas environment.
The views over Port Douglas, the Coral Sea and surrounding lush mountains and rainforest are magnificent from above and can be enjoyed through solo or tandem parasailing. For 10 minutes, 120 metres above the tropical coastline, you can sail with the thrill of the experience as well as the visuals with Uplift Watersports Port Douglas.
Jet Ski hire is an entertaining way of cruising along the Marina, Sugar Wharf and fringing coral reefs. There are jet ski snorkelling reef trips and tours to Low Isles and Snapper Islands as well as solo or tandem jet ski hire at Port Douglas Jet Ski Hire and Uplift Watersports. The journey is just as fun as what you get to explore.