Known as Cairns’ little sister, Port Douglas may have less of a reputation, but it has just as many attractions and activities in store!

Set to the far north of Queensland on the edge of the Coral Sea, the charming town of Port Douglas promises an expansive array of things to do. It marks a popular base for exploring the Great Barrier Reef, as well as many routes into the Daintree National Park, which is home to lush rainforest scenery. Elsewhere, quaint shops and restaurants make it the perfect relaxing destination.

Here are some of the best things to do while you’re in town.

Things to Do in Port Douglas

  • 1. The Great Barrier Reef

    The Great Barrier Reef is one of the biggest draws of the region, with tours operating daily out to the thousands of reef spots to choose from! Whether you’re looking to explore the area in style on a luxury motor yacht, or simply want to take a diving trip on a catamaran, Port Douglas has you covered. There are both tours setting off from Port Douglas, or alternatives which begin in Cairns, but offer a Port Douglas pick up from your hotel.

  • 2. Go Fishing

    Try your hand at fishing along the waterways of Dickson Inlet and hop on board and light or heavy tackle fishing charter. You don’t even need to be a pro to enjoy this activity, as the relaxing style of this adventure can soothe away all your worries as you enjoy basking in the sun and tranquil scenery.

  • 3. Daintree and Cape Tribulation

    Rather stay on land? Discover the sheer beauty of the Daintree National Park and Cape Tribulation. There are plenty of large and small tours that operate in the region, giving you the chance to experience the incredible array of wildlife and natural scenery on offer.

  • 4. Sea Kayaking

    If you want to explore from a different perspective, go sea kayaking around the lush and impressive coastline.

  • 5. Take a Beach Stroll

    The beach at Port Douglas is beautiful, and it’s best enjoyed by taking a morning stroll along its golden sands. Finish up with a delicious coffee and a trip to the craft fair that takes place every Sunday.

  • 6. Get Cultured

    For a cultural opportunity, head to the St Mary’s by the Sea chapel and the old courthouse in Port Douglas. End the day with a drink at one of the many historical pubs that pepper the town.

  • 7. Enjoy the Sunset

    The sunsets in this part of the world are exceptional, and you can experience it for yourself from the lookout high above Port Douglas. Overlooking the Coral Sea and the pristine Four Mile Beach, you can marvel at the sky as it changes colour while sipping a refreshing cocktail.

Port Douglas has plenty of things to offer visitors, whether you’re looking to explore the outdoor adventures on offer, soak up the unique selection of wildlife, or marvel at the incredible views and check out some of the culture in the area.

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Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward began with a passion for travel and turned it into a thriving tourism business. He co-founded Sightseeing Tours Australia after starting out as a tour guide in Melbourne. Cameron delights in helping visitors get the most from their trip to Australia. Whether he's leading tours or writing about his favourite places, Cameron loves sharing his local insight with fellow travellers.

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