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Where in the world: South Pacific  /  Australia  /  Queensland  /  Port Douglas

Top 15 things to do in Port Douglas

1. Scuba & Snorkeling

Get to know the secrets of the marine life-rich Great Barrier Reef on a scuba or snorkeling tour from Port Douglas. Accompanied by an expert marine biologist as your guide, you will have a chance to explore and perfect your skills, while learning about the region's varied underwater ecosystems. Whether you choose to snorkel and dive, or explore by a semi-submersible submarine or underwater observatory, colorful coral gardens and friendly sea turtles will be there to greet you. Some tours may have age restrictions--most last a full day, but you can also choose a multi-day option with additional activities.
Suggested duration: 8 hours
Tours from $100 › Learn more about Scuba & Snorkeling

2. Safaris

Suggested duration: 4 hours
Tours from $22 › Learn more about Safaris

3. Four Mile Beach

A favorite local getaway at dusk and dawn, Four Mile Beach features a long stretch of golden sand gently lapped by clear water and lined with swaying palms. Feel the touch of a cool breeze while strolling with the locals along the beach that curves softly at its ends. Tourists mostly spend their time swimming, tanning, or dozing off under the endless row of palm trees. The unspoiled beach also offers plenty of entertainment for water-sports enthusiasts, such as kitesurfing, stand-up paddling, kayaking, and parasailing.
Suggested duration: 4 hours
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4. Cape Tribulation, Mossman Gorge, and Daintree Rainforest Day Trip from Cairns or Port Douglas

FROM $121
Marvel at the natural beauty of Cape Tribulation and its surrounding attractions on a day trip from Cairns and Port Douglas. Get ready for a day of native culture and UNESCO World Heritage–listed wonders, as this guided tour delivers it all: coastal drives, a rainforest walk, Mossman Gorge, the Daintree Rainforest, an indigenous 'Welcome to Country' event and smoke ceremony, and a river cruise, if selected when booking (the river cruise is an optional upgrade). Hotel pickup and drop-off and lunch are included.
Suggested duration: 10h - 12h
Tours from $121 › More about this tour at viator.com ›
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6. Boat Tours & Water Sports

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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7. Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Wangetti

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures brings you to a crocodile paradise about 40 minutes north of Cairns. Walk along 2.1 km (1.3 mi) of timber boardwalks and pathways through woodlands and rainforest while spotting crocodiles, turtles, lizards, tropical birds, and more. Take a boat cruise of Hartley's Lagoon, the best area to observe crocodiles. Listen to a presentation to learn about Australian wildlife, including snakes, beautiful cassowary birds, and koalas. If you get hungry watching the crocodiles feed, stop in at Lilies Restaurant for a snack.
Suggested duration: 4 hours
Tours from $30 › Learn more about Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

8. Calypso Outer Great Barrier Reef Cruise from Port Douglas

Likely to sell out FROM $201
Explore the very outer Great Barrier Reef in luxury and style with Calypso. The custom designed vessel will take you to Agincourt or Opal Reef, both regarded as some of the most significant sites on the Great Barrier Reef. Snorkeling is the easiest way to experience the reef or try an introductory dive, no experience required. For the advanced divers, certified diving is available. Let Calypso take you to the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef and explore the rich and diverse coral gardens.
Suggested duration: 8h
Tours from $201 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

9. Mossman Gorge Centre, Daintree Region

Embark on a journey through the lush green jungle at Mossman Gorge Centre. Find yourself under the tall canopy of the world's oldest rainforest navigating the endless maze of walking tracks at your own pace as you keep an eye open for metallic-blue butterflies and dragon-like lizards. Hire a local guide to learn about the history of this World Heritage-listed area. You might feel tempted to take a plunge into the cool stream, but beware of the strong currents and enter the river only with extreme precaution.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $33 › Learn more about Mossman Gorge Centre

10. Palm Cove Beach, Palm Cove

Palm Cove Beach is noted for its long stretch of white sand lined by tall palm trees. Located in a small village once used as a resting stop by the famous Captain Cook, this pristine beach is a major tourist attraction due to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree National Park. lifeguards patrol year-round and can direct you to safe swimming spots along the coast.  Make sure to stop by the Palm Cove jetty, one of the region's most popular fishing spots, where anglers regularly catch species such as mackerel, giant trevally, and shark. Nearby are dozens of shops, restaurants, cafes, ice cream parlors, and pubs, open conveniently late into the night.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $64 › Learn more about Palm Cove Beach

11. Spas, Palm Cove

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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12. Solar Whisper Daintree River Crocodile and Wildlife Cruise

FROM $22
1 hour Daintree River wildlife and crocodile cruise on the only solar electric boat on the Daintree river. The boat it is nice and quiet and there are no petrol fumes or exhaust , it is also good for getting close to the wildlife without disturbing it. We aim to treat this fragile ecosystem with respect and have minimal impact, our boat does not create a wake so we do not erode the mangroves. We are the only boat with "Croc Cam"; a digital video with a very good zoom for showing hard to see animals on a big screen. Wildlife includes Salt Water Crocodiles, snakes, frogs, and birds and also interpretation of the mangrove environment. The business is locally family owned and operated and has been going since 2002. We offer a unique eco experience with minimal impact; see, hear and smell nature at its best. We also offer longer two or three hour cruises by bookings only, maximum 10 people great for photography or those that want a longer more personalised tour.
Suggested duration: 1h
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13. Spas

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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14. Opal Reef

Explore the coral gardens on a full-day snorkeling trip to Opal Reef. This jewel of the Great Barrier Reef sits right in the Coral Sea, some 48 km (30 mi) off the coast of Australia. Its crescent shape provides protection from winds. Keep an eye open for stingrays half-buried in the sand and the perfectly camouflaged lizardfish that sits on the corals waiting for its pray.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $201 › Learn more about Opal Reef

15. ABC Snorkel Charters Port Douglas Snorkelling max 12 passengers

Likely to sell out FROM $332
We actually get in the water with you and take you snorkelling 6 guests to 1 in water marine biologist guide creating an informative personal experience Only 12 passengers on our ABC boat We visit all the Outer Reefs from Port Douglas
Suggested duration: 7h
Tours from $332 › More about this tour at viator.com ›