Tropic Wonder: Port Douglas & Daintree

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Port Douglas & Daintree

Port Douglas & Daintree

Port Douglas & Daintree

Just an hour’s drive from Cairns, Port Douglas offers the sophistication of the city with a laid back village atmosphere. It’s also the only place in the world boasting two world heritage-listed jewels; the dazzling Great Barrier Reef and the lush rainforest of Daintree and Cape Tribulation.

Thrills and Spills

If scuba-diving, four-wheel driving , hot air ballooning, horseriding on the beach and whitewater rafting aren’t enough, why not try something completely different. Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours in Cape Tribulation is an adrenalin-pumping way to explore the tropical rainforest as you glide through and above the rainforest canopy on a series of zip lines and flying foxes. And on Four Mile Beach learn to surf the air and the sea with kite-surfing lessons.

Back to Nature

Take a stroll along the palm-fringed golden sands of Four Mile Beach before a dip in the safely stinger netted sea. Swim in Mossman Gorge’s pretty freshwater swimming hole as the river tumbles its way over and around the huge granite boulders dotting the gorge. Just a short drive north of Port Douglas is the Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation and a world of scenic lookouts, stunning beaches, hidden swimming holes and peaceful bushwalks. And the awe-inspiring beauty of the Great Barrier Reef is easily accessible on one of the many boats departing Port Douglas Marina daily.

Animal Encounters

Breakfast with the birds at the amazing Rainforest Habitat Wildlife Sanctuary. After brekkie take a wander through its three unique environments to meet some of the area’s indigenous species of wildlife. Get up close and personal with some toothy types on a boat cruise around the croc-filled lagoon at Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures. Watch their awesome crocodile attack show and enjoy learning about snakes, quolls, koalas and cassowaries. Or immerse yourself amongst giant clams, turtles, fish and a myriad of fascinating sea life on the reef.

Where to stay

Rendezvous Reef Resort

Located  just two minuted from Port Douglas main village and a short walk from stunning four mile beach, this is a faultless resort for families with excellent facilities, amazing lagoon style pools and the convenience of a self catered villas accommodation within a full service resor1. t.

Five of the best

1. Enjoy breakfast with some feathered friends at the Rainforest Habitat Wildlife Sanctuary.

2. Take a trip to Mossman Gorge for a refreshing dip and to learn about the Kuku Yalanji Aboriginal tribe.

3. Spend a day exploring the awesome Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation.

4. Cane toad racing at the Iron Bar on Macrossan Street is sure to generate  plenty of giggles.

5. Sail to Low Isles with Sailaway Cruises to explore the lighthoused coral cay island and snorkel with the sealife on the reef.

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