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PORT DOUGLAS & SURROUNDING AREAS

A holiday in Port Douglas will leave you totally rejuvenated.

It’s all about the nicest kind of indulgence: lazy days on sun drenched beaches, retail therapy with stylish boutiques, tantalising your taste buds with an array of dining experiences or discovering the natural beauty of Tropical North Queensland.

Port Douglas promises an idyllic lifestyle; combine its superb tropical climate with the reef and the rainforest and you have the perfect place to ‘get away from it all’.

One-hour drive north from Cairns, which has a Domestic and International Airport, Port Douglas is easily accessible; it is also the stepping stone to the nearby World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics Rainforests.

This unique tropical destination is a charming combination of sophisticated town and friendly village; it boasts a diverse array of things to see, do and experience including Port Douglas, Mossman, the Daintree, Cape Tribulation, Cooktown and the Cairns Highlands.

 

Port Douglas

Port Douglas Port Douglas: Streetscape

Port Douglas, or ‘Port’ as everyone calls it, is home to some of Tropical North Queensland’s most exclusive resorts, restaurants, galleries and world class shopping.

Nestled between Dickson Inlet and the Coral Sea, Port Douglas is the ultimate tropical escape, easily combining village charm with the comforts of five-star indulgence and everything in between.

When you aren’t relaxing on the golden sands of Four Mile Beach, or frolicking in the glittering waters of the Coral Sea, you might be wining, dining, shopping or enjoying one of the many tours and attractions this diverse region offers.

At Port Douglas, there is something for everyone.

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Mossman

Mossman Gorge: Rainforest Pathways Mossman Gorge

Mossman, a short drive from Port Douglas, is the region’s sugar capital; it is also home to the beautiful Mossman Gorge.

Mossman Gorge is five-minutes east of the Mossman township; it is an accessible and scenic section of the Daintree National Park. Here, the Mossman River tumbles its way over and around the huge granite boulders that line the gorge, creating cool clear freshwater swimming holes.

Awe inspiring tree-clad mountains rise sharply up from the river banks. Walking tracks provide access through Mossman Gorge, and you can visit the suspension bridge for some spectacular photo opportunities, or take the longer circular path through the rainforest undergrowth.

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The Daintree National Park

Daintree Discovery Centre Crocodile - Daintree River

The Daintree National Park is 20-minutes north of Port Douglas and is an important component of the Wet Tropics World Heritage listed Rainforests.

Here you can journey through an ever-changing tropical landscape, a patchwork of white, sandy palm-fringed beaches, waving cane fields and jungle clad misty mountains. See lush rural farmlands bordered by World Heritage listed rainforest and the majestic Daintree River.

Daintree Village offers a glimpse into Australia’s colourful past; it was forged from the spirits of gold rush pioneers, cedar timber getters and farmers. Today, this is a quaint village with a laid back tranquil atmosphere, providing the ‘entry’ to the Daintree National Park and its many tours and attractions.

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Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation Native rainforest flora and fauna

Cape Tribulation has a staggering annual rainfall of up to 4.5 metres (180 inches); the rainforest is so lush you can almost see it growing.

Cape Tribulation is a section of the Daintree National Park; it is 34kms from Daintree Village. It contains a rich mosaic of vegetation ranging from coastal mangroves to upland rainforests and heathlands.

The land slopes steeply up from the coast (where the reef meets the rainforest) to rugged cloud swept granite ranges.

The headland was given its European name by Captain Cook, after his ship, Endeavour, was wrecked in 1770.

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The Cairns Highlands & Kuranda

Undarra Caves Barron Falls

The Cairns Highlands & Kuranda is one of Tropical North Queensland’s best kept secrets.

Whether you want to experience the closeness of the unique, World Heritage listed Tropical Rainforests, see the wide open spaces of the outback, or get up close and personal with the native flora and fauna, the Cairns Highlands and Kuranda has it all.

This unique region is comprised of several areas, including Kuranda, Mareeba, Tolga, Tinaroo, Atherton, Yungaburra, Lake Eacham, Lake Barrine, Chillagoe, Irvinebank, Malanda, Milla Milla, Tarzali, Herberton, Ravenshoe and the Gulf Savannah.

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Cooktown

Cooktown: Sunset cruising Cooktown: Historic Buildings

Cooktown is one of Australia’s most exciting, new, destinations.

Nestling on North Queensland’s stunning tropical wilderness coast, this small historic town, with its pristine environment steeped in Aboriginal culture, has everything to offer those looking for a taste of real Australia.

During the gold rush era, Cooktown was Australia’s second busiest port, but today, the town has a population of just 2,000.

As Australia’s closest town to the Great Barrier Reef, Cooktown offers the opportunity to enjoy a day sailing and visiting still un-named and little explored reefs. Or you can accompany Aboriginal Elders to ancient rock art sites.

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The Wet Tropics Rainforests

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway Daintree Discovery Centre Southern Cassowary

The Wet Tropics Rainforests stretch along Tropical North Queensland’s coastline from Cooktown in the north to Paluma in the south.

World Heritage listed as a natural site in 1988, the Wet Tropics Rainforests are comprised of several national parks, including the Daintree, Barron Gorge and Wooroonooran, as well as some freehold properties.

Covering approximately 900,000 hectares, the Wet Tropics are the oldest, continually surviving tropical rainforests on earth and are internationally recognised as being one of the most ecologically fascinating natural areas on the planet.

They are home to an amazing diversity of plant life, including ferns, cycads, conifers and orchids; in fact, there are more than 3,000 different plant species living in the rainforests.

Apart from the plants, the rainforests are home to some of Australia’s most interesting animals, including two types of tree-kangaroo, the Southern Cassowary, the largest, flightless bird in the southern hemisphere and several different possums.

There are many ways you can visit the rainforest, but whatever you do, make sure you pick one, as a visit to the rainforests is a ‘must-do’ on your visit to Port Douglas.

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The Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef Great Barrier Reef Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is undisputed as one of the world’s most important natural assets.

It is the largest natural feature on earth, is the only living organism visible from outer space and is believed to be about 500,000 years old (in its modern form for 8,000 years, having developed after the last ice age).

Stretching more than 2,300km along Queensland’s north-eastern coastline, the Great Barrier Reef occupies approximately 348,000 square kilometers.

World Heritage listed as a natural site in 1981, the Great Barrier Reef system contains more than 3,000 separate reefs, which range in size from one hectare to over 10,000 hectares.

It contains fringing reefs, barrier reefs, continental islands and coral cays; it is home to more than 1,500 species of fish, 400 species of coral and 4,000 species of molluscs. It is one of the most ecologically diverse systems on earth!

The Great Barrier Reef is definitely a ‘must-do’ attraction, not only in Port Douglas but in your lifetime, as is evidenced by the more than two million people who visit it each year.

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