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Cruising Article – 2011-10-25

Traverse the natural areas of Port Douglas, Australia

Port Douglas, Australia

Once known as a quiet fishing town, Port Douglas, Australia, experienced a boom during the country's gold rush in the 19th century. Later years would see the area's population decline and nearly fade away. Today, this amazing region in the northeast sector of the province of Queensland is well known for its amazing panoramic vistas and high end resorts.

Daintree National Park is an excellent place to start once passengers disembark from their Princess Cruise. Those who choose to hike through the area will be privy to a wide variety of biodiversity and unique ecosystems. A trip here is an excellent sightseeing opportunity for vacationers who wish to experience a wide range of natural conditions such as wetlands, grasslands and rainforest.

The Mossman Gorge area of Daintree National Park is especially scenic. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the gorge is comprised of a number of gigantic granite boulders which sit within the pristine waters of the Mossman River. The flora and fauna in this section of the park is especially unforgettable and features strangler figs, colorful birds and rare creatures like the periwinkle blue Ulysses butterfly.

A nice way to see the countryside in this part of Australia is to take a spin on the Kuranda Scenic Railway. This train ride will take visitors through Queensland, passing by the Barron Gorge and a large amount of other interesting terrain features such as waterfalls and lush jungles, in the process. Travelers are encouraged to stop at any of these locations in order to get a better glimpse of the landscape and take a few snapshots. The Kuranda makes many trips throughout the day so that guests can feel free to explore many of the journey's interesting destinations.

From Port Douglas, travelers can book a tour to the Low Isles. Those who decide on this option will see the small coral formations and perfect lagoons that exist on the cusp of Australia's Great Barrier Reef. The best tours are given by marine biologists who have glass bottomed boats. These scientists can point out the sealife from this vantage and explain many of the fascinating aspects associated with these intricate specimens. Activities such as this really make Port Douglas a dream vacation destination for outdoor enthusiasts and those who wish to learn while away from home.