Port Douglas is all about exploring. Day trips can take you deep into the rain forest to see cassowaries or other tropical birds, white-water rafting through thunderous rapids or out into the ocean for the world's best scuba-diving.
Closer to home, Four Mile Beach is a serene stretch of sand interrupted only by driftwood and occasional walkers – and a great place to work up and appetite for the area's glorious fresh seafood.
The Four Mile Beach is one of Port Douglas’ most well known attractions and a local favourite for early morning walks and other classic beach activities. Whether you want to go for a swim, a picnic, or simply want to soak in the sun, this iconic beach is always a great option. If you want even more peace and quiet during your walks, come early in the morning when there are less people around; you might just have the beach all to yourself.
The Daintree National Park is home to the Daintree Rainforest, the oldest living rainforest in the world. The park itself is made up of two main sections: the Mossman Gorge and Cape Tribulation. Mossman Gorge is a common entry point for the park and located about 20 minutes away from Port Douglas. Once in the park, you’ll have several different activities to choose from, including trekking, swimming, bird watching, and picnicking. There are also guided walks available for those who wish to explore the park more thoroughly.
As one of the country’s top wildlife exhibitions, the Wildlife Habitat lets you interact with an amazing collection of plants and creatures. Must-do activities include “Breakfast with the Birds” and “Lunch with the Lorikeets”, two buffet meals where you can interact with cockatoos, lorikeets, and other birds and creatures. The “Wildlife Care Behind The Scenes Tour” is another standout attraction, allowing you to watch wildlife keepers care for animals. Aside from these, there also several other presentations and guided tours to fill up your day here.
For a no-frills immersion of local culture, try the popular Port Douglas Sunday Markets. It’s located in Anzac Park and features a wide range of interesting items for sale. From arts and craft pieces to jewellery, clothing, and souvenir goods, there’s just about something for everyone at these markets. Sellers also come from all over the region, so you can be sure there are plenty of unique finds here. Catch these markets every Sunday from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
The Ballyhooley Steam Railway is the perfect attraction for train buffs and anyone who wants a bit of nostalgia. The train is famous for using traditional steam locomotion, making it a wonderful historical exhibit and special experience for visitors. The main station is located at the Marina Mirage, but you can also catch it at one of its four other stations. The Bally Hooley Steam Railway runs only during Sundays and public holidays, so make sure to plan your visit in advance.