Ultimate Guide to Port Douglas

Sunday 22 September 2019

I went to Port Douglas last year in winter to escape the cold and for Mum's little congratulations for my brother and I graduating high school. It was one of the best experiences of my life and I did so many exciting things I had only dreamed about.

Things To Do:

1. Go on a Crocodile Cruise

North Queensland is where the crocodiles live in Australia. Although it isn't safe to swim in any water up there, it's exciting to see these prehistoric animals up close on a river cruise. We did this through Crocodile Express. They took us on a boat down the Daintree River where we saw heaps of saltwater crocodiles!

2. Visit Mossman Gorge

Mossman Gorge is in the Daintree Rainforest and has many beautiful walks and swimming holes. You have to hop on one of the shuttle buses to get to the gorge as they don't permit driving up there to respect the Indigenous people. It is a beautiful part of the rainforest and definitely a must see.

3. Go snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef

If snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef is on your bucket list, then Port Douglas is the perfect place to do that! We got on a boat that took us out to the reefs where we were able to snorkel. I'm pretty sure we ended up going on a day tour with Calypso. I saw some beautiful coloured fish and even a turtle! They took us to three different reefs for us to explore. It was an amazing experience and definitely something I could tick off my bucket list.

4. Crack open a coconut

There are so many coconuts lying around on the beach in Port Douglas, so of course we had to crack one open and taste it! It's pretty hard to open a coconut though. First you have to peel the husk off and then we found that using a rock to hammer around the edges works best to crack open the coconut.

5. Take a trip up to Cape Tribulation

Another stunning place in the Daintree Rainforest is Cape Tribulation. It is a bit further up from Port Douglas and a bit of a drive but it's definitely worth it. There are multiple rainforest walks, trails and boardwalks that often lead up to lookouts.

6. Ride a bike around the town

Bike Shop & Hire in Port Douglas hires out bikes for up to four hours or a whole day. We hired bikes and spent an afternoon riding all around the town and on the sandy beaches. It's a really fun way to explore the town of Port Douglas.

7. Walk up to Trinity Bay Lookout

A quick walk in Port Douglas is the walk up to Trinity Bay Lookout where you can see a pretty view of the beach and mountains.

8. Visit Port Douglas Wildlife Habitat

See some native Australian animals at Port Douglas Wildlife Habitat, like a cassowary and crocodiles which only live in the north of Australia!

Where To Stay:

I stayed at Lychee Tree Apartments which is on the cheaper side of accommodation in Port Douglas. However, it was pretty good for what we paid. We had our own two bedroom apartment which had a spacious living area and a little garden out the back. The accommodation is only a short walk to the centre of town and to the beach. 

Where To Eat:

1. Central Hotel Port Douglas

This pub has an amazing tropical beer garden out the back to enjoy dinner under the stars. It was so busy when we went there but it's easy to tell why.

2. Han Court Chinese Restaurant

Not your typical Australian cuisine, but we went here one night as it was just down the road from where we stayed and the food was amazing. We sat out on the balcony under pretty lights and it was such a lovely night.

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