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Welcome to Port Douglas

With easy access to the Great Barrier Reef, Cape Tribulation, and the Daintree Rainforest, the little resort town of Port Douglas in Queensland is an Aussie triple threat. Snorkel or dive your way through the world’s most impressive reef; follow an indigenous guide through the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the ancient Daintree Rainforest; and saddle up to explore lush Cape Tribulation on horseback—then, experience it all again from a different point of view. Trade in your snorkel and opt for kayaking, surfing, or even windsurfing off the coast of Port Douglas; sail to the Low Isles at sunset; or helicopter high above them for a new take on the reef (and an awesome photo op). You can even hop on a train to travel through Kuranda rainforest or learn about indigenous culture at Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park. While tours offer round-trip transportation to the outdoor attractions, Port Douglas’ Four Mile Beach and shop-worthy Macrossan Street are popular pastimes if you’re looking to spend a day close to home base. Foodies will enjoy combining day trips with tastings at boutique wineries, coffee plantations, and artisan cheese and chocolate shops, while nature-lovers can opt for dinner in the forest or visit an eco-park and commune with kangaroos, koalas, and wallabies.

Top 10 attractions in Port Douglas

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Mossman Gorge

Mossman Gorge

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Marking the southern border of Daintree National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Mossman Gorge is one of the most popular places to experience the world’s oldest rain forest. Dating back more than 130 million years, the dense forest and scenic river gorge harbor a rich biodiversity and provide a stunning backdrop for hikers and swimmers.More
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Agincourt Reefs

Agincourt Reefs

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The Agincourt Reefs are part of the larger Great Barrier Reef, sitting toward the northern end of the reef system and at its outer edge. Off the coast of Port Douglas and Cape Tribulation in Northern Queensland, the Agincourt Reefs are popular with divers, and there are around 16 different dive sites.More
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

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Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures introduces visitors to Australia’s most famous reptiles (and other native species) through an informative and educational day out. Visitors can observe crocs on a cruise through a lagoon mimicking the creatures’ natural habitat and learn how crocodiles are sustainably farmed.More
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Daintree Rainforest

Daintree Rainforest

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From the dramatic jungle-clad gorges, wild rivers, and tumbling waterfalls of Daintree National Park to the deserted coast of Cape Tribulation along the Great Barrier Reef, the Daintree Rainforest is Australia’s largest stretch of rain forest, covering 460 square miles (1,200 square kilometers). A protected UNESCO World Heritage Site and a hiker’s paradise, the rainforest is renowned for its extraordinary biodiversity.More
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Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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The Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas endeavors to conserve and showcase Australia’s native animals—including koalas, kangaroos, crocodiles, and cassowaries. The animals live in expansive enclosures that mimic their natural environments, and the 8-acre (3-hectare park comprises four wilderness habitats; woodland, wetlands, rainforest, and savanna.More
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Cooktown

Cooktown

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Captain Cook (at the time a lieutenant beached his ship, the HMS Endeavor, in this remote spot on June 17, 1770. Today, the small waterfront community of Cooktown attracts day trippers from Port Douglas who come to visit the James Cook Museum, relax on the beaches, and soak up the historic, frontier vibe.More
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Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park

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The Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park offers a fascinating insight into Australia’s diverse Aboriginal heritage. Visitors can discover the 40,000-year history of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and experience the Tjapukai people’s arts, traditions, and foods.More
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Flames of the Forest

Flames of the Forest

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Australia’s only rain forest dining experience invites travelers for an evening of food and entertainment under the stars in one of the world’s oldest rain forests. The multi-course meal, highlighting ingredients from the rain forest, is served by candlelight to the sounds of live acoustic guitar or Aboriginal music and storytelling.More
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Four Mile Beach

Four Mile Beach

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Four Mile Beach is exactly that—four glorious miles of unimpeded golden sands stretching into the distance. The long stretch of beach, backed by palm trees and with little development in sight, offers access to the calm waters of the Coral Sea, perfect for swimming. A reef offshore offers an easy snorkeling opportunity.More
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Low Isles

Low Isles

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A series of small coral cays, the Low Isles lie just off the coast of Port Douglas on the edge of the UNESCO-listed Great Barrier Reef. The hard and soft corals in the waters are a habitat for tropical fish, reef sharks, and sea turtles, creating excellent conditions for snorkeling and diving.More

Top activities in Port Douglas

Wavedancer Low Isles Great Barrier Reef Sailing Cruise from Port Douglas
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Sunset Sailing Cruise from Port Douglas
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Calypso Outer Great Barrier Reef Cruise from Port Douglas
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Silversonic Outer Great Barrier Reef Dive and Snorkel Cruise from Port Douglas
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Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation, Mossman Gorge Small-Group Day Tour
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Great Barrier Reef Sailing and Snorkeling Cruise from Port Douglas
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Morning Half-Day Daintree River and Mossman Gorge Tour
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Port Douglas Scenic Flights

Port Douglas Scenic Flights

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Full Day Daintree Rainforest and Mossman Gorge Tour
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Wavedancer Low Isles Great Barrier Reef Sailing Cruise from Cairns
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Recent reviews from experiences in Port Douglas

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Pearler of a tour
Jacqueline_R, Jan. 2022
Morning Half-Day Daintree River and Mossman Gorge Tour
Cassowary Falls was something that needs to be experienced not described, just stunning.
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Sail away on our Wedding Anniversary
Lourdes_M, Dec. 2021
Sunset Sailing Cruise from Port Douglas
Lovely to see the sunset while sailing away.
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An amazing way to see the...
Michael_G, Oct. 2021
Helicopter and Cruise Packages From Port Douglas
An amazing way to see the reef!
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Amazing Experience!
Emily_W, Feb. 2021
Calypso Outer Great Barrier Reef Cruise from Port Douglas
We were lucky enough to see turtles and reef sharks!
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Daintree experience
Kay_G, Sep. 2020
Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation, Mossman Gorge Small-Group Day Tour
There is so much to see around Port Douglas.
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Highly recommended
Emily_F, Feb. 2020
Port on a Plate Chef Guided Food & Farm Tour
It was great to see our tour guide Pete being very passionate about what he does, his love of food, culture and culinary skills was amazing, not to mention the food he cooked.
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We absolutely loved the tour, it was...
Luke B, Jun. 2016
Atherton Tablelands Small-Group Food & Wine Tasting Tour from Port Douglas
I'm glad I discovered this tour when googling what to do in port Douglas.
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Definitely a must-do while you're in...
TszSin_N, Jun. 2016
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas
feed bag definitely recommended additional small fee It's nice to see the majority of animals roaming free and though it's not a huge park like Taronga Zoo, it is still a decent size to explore.
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Kathryn N, Aug. 2014
Wavedancer Low Isles Great Barrier Reef Sailing Cruise from Port Douglas
This was the highlight of all the activities I persued in Port Douglas.
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Sheila D, Mar. 2012
Quicksilver Outer Great Barrier Reef Snorkel Cruise from Port Douglas
A first class way to visit the reef.
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