When you hear the name Port Douglas, it’s not uncommon for your first reaction to be one of confusion – after all, this town is lesser known than its big brothers and sisters, Cairns, Townsville, and Rockhampton.However, Port Douglas is truly one of the gems of North Queensland. Situated above Cairns, Port Douglas is a tropical paradise with a picturesque backdrop that’s just waiting to be explored. If you’re planning to visit Cairns or North Queensland at some point, take some time out of your trip to visit this sleepy town – you’ll be absolutely delighted at what you will find.
Explore the Coral Sea
The Great Barrier Reef is one of the world’s most preserved pieces of paradise, and Port Douglas is a great way to get there. Located just a hop, skip and a dive away, the Coral Sea is overflowing (pun intended) with one of the world’s most diverse ecosystems – either dive your way into the depths of the ocean or snorkel above the surface for a beautiful peek at the sea life in this tropical haven. From marine species to coral, this reef is unmissable, incomparable, and unforgettable.
Get swept away at Four Mile Beach
As the name suggests, Four Mile Beach is a four-mile stretch of golden sand – and if that’s not enough, there are palm trees just a-swaying along the coastline. Crabs and other little marine species call this beach their home, and in the summer this beach is perfect to stroll along and forget about your day-to-day worries…ah, perfection.
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s you…skydiving!
Contrary to the calm backdrop of Four Mile Beach, you won’t feel a minute of relaxation as you hurtle out of the sky and gaze at the reef while being either 9,000ft or 14,000ft above ground level. With an instructor on your back, you’ll feel a little bit safer, but in the end this is an adventure designed for the severe adrenalin junkies – just make sure you have your travel insurance organised, just in case.
Park yourself at the Daintree National Park
As the oldest living rainforest on earth, the Daintree National Park comprises of over 900,000 hectares of bushland. Split into two sections – the Mossman Gorge and Cape Tribulation – this national park is a utopia like no other. Get lost in the walking trails, and cast your eyes upon the variety of flora and fauna that get to appreciate these surroundings every day.
Felicia Zhang is a writer who recently travelled to the Great Barrier Reef. She only stopped by Port Douglas for a day, but she’ll definitely be visiting again once she gets enough money…
*You should always read the Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) of all travel insurance providers to check and to be sure if the cover is right for you. Please check the travel insurance providers PDS to see that the sports and adventure activity you wish to partake in during your travels is also automatically covered or not.