Port Douglas is the gateway to a number of key tourism locations. Those are the famous Great Barrier Reef, the ancient Daintree Forest and the Kuranda Highlands. It’s a magic spot, but there are some key considerations to take when planning a trip to PD. Therefore, this blog looks into detailed travel information on Port Douglas. Guests really need to stay at least 3-4 nights in this location to see the full potential.

port douglas beach view
Port Douglas beach

The Great Barrier Reef stretches along the coast of Queensland in northeastern Australia for about 2,300 kms (1,500 miles). It is the largest living thing on Earth. Even even visible from outer space! The Reef is home over 600 types of hard and soft coral and to countless species of fish, turtles, dolphins and sharks. It’s one of the most famous attractions in Australia.

The Daintree Rainforest is located on the northeast coast of Queensland. With its size pf around 1,200 square kilometres (460 square miles) it is part of the largest continuous area of tropical rainforest on the Australian continent. It is also the oldest continually surviving tropical rainforest in the world. So there is plenty to see on a day tour from either Port Douglas.

daintree rain forest day tour
Looking upwards in the Daintree Forest

The Kuranda Highlands is amidst the natural beauty of World Heritage Rainforest. The main town is located 25km to the north-west of Cairns and has had an amazing history which is quite astounding for such a small town. There’s plenty to see and do in one day and then also a great to explore the Atherton Tablelands as well as the coastal cities like Cairns and Palm Cove. People enjoy the cooler temperatures in the highlands and find it a great retreat from the humidity of the coast.

Important travel tips for Sydney

Key Day tours from Port Douglas

  • Great Barrier Reef Snorkelling or Diving day tours:
    Departs from Port Douglas Wharf with transfers from any central Port Douglas hotel or apartment accommodation.
    Takes between 8-9 hours depending on the tour selected
    Tour Options are: Sailing Yacht or Motor Yacht or Large-scale boats
snorkel the great barrier reef from port douglas
Snorkelling tour Great Barrier Reef
  • Daintree Forest day tours: *** text to update***
    Departs from Port Douglas Wharf with transfers from any central Port Douglas hotel or apartment accommodation.
    Takes between 8-9 hours depending on the tour selected
    Tour Options are: Sailing Yacht or Motor Yacht or Large-scale boats
Daintree guided day walk
Daintree Forest Day tour
  • Chillagoe Caves & Outback day tours: *** text to update***
    Departs from Port Douglas Wharf with transfers from any central Port Douglas hotel or apartment accommodation.
    Takes between 8-9 hours depending on the tour selected
    Tour Options are: Sailing Yacht or Motor Yacht or Large-scale boats
Chillagoe day tour from Cairns
Chillagoe day tour from Cairns and Port Douglas

View some travel itineraries including Port Douglas.

Other must see and do in Port Douglas

  • Wildlife Habitat – text to do.
  • Trinity Bay Lookout – text to do.
  • Four Mile Beach – text to do.
  • Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip – text to do.
  • Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures – text to do.
  • Mossman Gorge Centre – text to do.
best things in sydney - visit the blue mountains
Visit the Blue Mountains for a day trip ex Sydney.

Travel tips for Port Douglas

  • Seasons & Weather:
    Port Douglas weather has 2 distinct seasons; a winter period of warm temperatures and low rainfall. This is generally the time between April and November. The summer period has sticky humid temperatures and much higher rainfall. See chart below
    Also, read blog about best time to visit Australia.
port douglas weather chart
  • Getting around – Most travellers would arrive with a domestic flight at Cairns Airport. Either use a coach transfer, a private service or pick-up a rental car at the airport terminal for your time in the Port Douglas region. Note: if you are staying central in PD and join local tours you don’t really need a car as everything is is walking distance.
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Private transfer service between Cairins and Port Douglas
  • Dining – to find out… text to do.

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Cruising the Great Barrier with Sailaway
Sailing in a small group on the Great Barrier Reef

Summary Travel Information on Port Douglas

Port Douglas is a great base to explore the Northern Queensland region. It’s only 67 kms north of Cairns and has a lovely village feel to it. Once you based in central Port Douglas you can talk anywhere. There is a wide variety on different standard accommodation, stylish restaurants and boutique shops. You really want to have 3-4 nights to explore.

From the touring point of view you have it all here in PD. From the famous Great Barrier Reef, to the anchient Daintree Forest to Wildlife, Crocodile and Butterfly parks. With this blog we are only scratching the surface! View top 7 suggestion on things to do in Port Douglas.

Having Cairns Airport nearby is a bonus. Not only can your reach many other parts of Australia, but also have direct flight connections to Auckland in New Zealand, so a ‘combo’ trip with New Zealand is an option. Keep the different season and climates in mind through! View details on that.

Happy travelling to Sydney!

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