Port Douglas in Cairns, Queensland is a great coastal town to visit and set up your base as you explore the surrounding areas of lush rainforests and coral reefs. As home to two World Heritage sites, the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest, here are some day trips you can take from Port Douglas.
Four Mile Beach
Only a five-minute walk from the town proper, Four Mile Beach is a great place to spend a couple of hours or even a whole afternoon. The beach has creamy soft sand for children to frolic and play, and the ocean is clear and shallow for a cool dip. Lush greenery surrounds the beach, and it maintains its raw, untouched foliage. Cafes and restaurants line the area as well, and Four Mile Beach hosts events such as the Port Douglas Carnivale and various sporting competitions.
12 kilometres from Port Douglas are the Low Isles, where you can enjoy your coral reef exploration. The Low Isles comprise of two islands, which share the same reef. Woody Island is the larger of the two. It is uninhabited but is home to a number of diverse species. At Low Island, you can enjoy snorkeling and swimming, among the over 100 different species of hard corals.
Wildlife Habitat of Port Douglas
This wildlife park is a great family-friendly activity, as it features North Queensland rich and diverse species. Spot koalas, kangaroos, pythons, crocodiles, Australian birds, and more. Night tours are also available for spotting nocturnal animals such as owls, possums, and gliders.
A trip to Mossman Gorge is one of the more popular options for day trips, as it offers a wide variety of activities without it being too far from the town. The Mossman River is surrounded by boulders, which create nice, freshwater swimming holes perfect for a hot day. Families can also set up a picnic under the shade. A two-kilometre walking trail is available to explore the rainforest, as well as guided walks given by the Kuku Yalanji.
Daintree Rainforest Park
Enjoying activities within the Daintree Rainforest will in itself span several day trips, as there is much to do here. River cruises will take you on a tour from the water, while horseback riding, hiking, and location-specific tours will guide you by land. For adrenaline junkies, zip-lining, bungee jumping, and snorkelling are also available options. Those who wish to explore the culture of the Kuku Yalanji people can also take food and farm tours, art workshops, as well as guided walks. There are nature spas for those who are looking to rejuvenate their mind and body in this lush rainforest.
The idea of the world’s oldest living rainforest and the world’s biggest coral reef system meeting in one place feels like paradise on its own, but it is not impossible to get to. By taking a flight to Cairns and booking a direct shuttle ride from www.cairnsairportshuttle.net, Port Douglas and the numerous activities it has for you is practically just within arm’s length.