Day Trips From Port Douglas

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Planning a self drive trip to Tropical North Queensland? If so, Port Douglas makes for a nice place to use as your base whilst you explore what TNQ has to offer. A stay in Port Douglas promises gorgeous views of 4 Mile Beach as well as many nearby attractions to keep you busy during the day. Here’s our edit of the best day trips from Port Douglas.

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Glide Over Pristine Rainforest

Experience the sights, sounds and smells of the World Heritage listed tropical rainforest with Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Glide mere meters above the pristine rainforest canopy taking in a bird’s eye view of rugged mountains and gorges, majestic waterfalls and the tropical Cairns hinterland out to the Coral Sea. Descend to the forest floor where you can unlock the secrets of this ancient living museum via rainforest boardwalk tours, lookouts and interpretive signage. This is the ultimate rainforest experience. Skyrail is located 45 minutes’ drive from Port Douglas. A coach transfer service is available from the Port Douglas area.

swimming with fish in the great barrier reef

Day Dives On The Great Barrier Reef

Port Douglas is one of the nearest mainland locations to the Great Barrier Reef, and as a result, there are many snorkel and dive companies based here that will take you for a full day or overnight on the reef. Packages and costs can vary depending on what you want, but you’re looking at around $230pp for a full day on the reef, including lunch and equipment.

A Journey Into The Daintree Rainforest

Being situated at the edge of Tropical North Queensland, Port Douglas is also the starting point for many inland tours to the Daintree Rainforest. From hiking to four-wheel-driving, jungle surfing and more – highlights of this area include the Mossman Gorge, Cape Tribulation, Bloomfield Falls and Daintree River, where you can get off the road and take a cruise. The rainforest is where you can spot many of Australia’s tropical species, such as crocodiles, lizards, turtles, butterflies and birds, including the extraordinary Cassowary.

looking out over the daintree rainforest

A City Escape To Cairns

Just one hour’s drive south of Port Douglas is Cairns. It’s basically Port Douglas on a bigger scale, with a tropical culture and palm tree-fringed beaches. If you miss the buzz of a city, take advantage of the many restaurants and bars on offer in Cairns or dance the night away at one of the clubs. Just make sure you arrange a transfer back to Port Douglas if you’re planning on having a couple of drinks.  

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