Port Douglas, Australia

In 1877, the aptly named James Venture Mulligan struck pay dirt on Hodgkinson River, igniting the fabled North Queensland Gold Rush. At the height of the boom, Port Douglas boasted 12,000 residents and 27 hotels. Bust inevitably followed boom, and Port Douglas slid into decades of obscurity. Then came a second gold rush in the 1980s as tourists flocked to the North Queensland Coast. Located between the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area and the Great Barrier Reef, Port Douglas provides a perfect gateway to hardy adventurers en route to rainforest and reef.

In addition to its nearby scenic wonders, Port Douglas boasts several resorts ranging from the Sheraton Mirage to the Daintree Eco Lodge and Spa in the heart of the rainforest.

Note: Port Douglas is an anchorage port. Passengers transfer to shore via ship's tender.

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Points of Interest

  • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Kuranda Scenic Railway
  • Rainforest Habitat
  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Daintree National Park
  • Cairns
  • Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park
  • Rainforestation Nature Park

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  • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

    Soar above Australia's World Heritage tropical rainforest on a 6-person gondola. Immerse yourself in an intimate rainforest experience that transports you from the canopy to the rainforest floor.

  • Kuranda Scenic Railway

    Ride this famous railway on a scenic journey that takes you on a thrilling ride over bridges, through tunnels and into the rainforest, passing spectacular waterfalls and the magnificent Barron Gorge.

  • Rainforest Habitat

    Discover the flora and fauna of three Australian environments: the Wetlands, the Grasslands and the Rainforest when you stroll through aviaries, wildlife pavilions and have lunch with the lorikeets!

  • Great Barrier Reef

    One of the seven wonders of the natural world, a catamaran takes you across the Coral Sea to the reef, where a variety of water activities enable you to experience its magnificent marine life.

  • Daintree National Park

    A World Heritage Site, the park encompasses the oldest rainforest area in the world. Magnificent vistas, walking trails and a host of activities can be found along with crocodiles, so please beware!

  • Cairns

    Known as the capital of Tropical North Queensland, Cairns lies an hour to the south of Port Douglas. This laidback city on Trinity Bay has something to offer for everyone.

  • Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park

    Celebrate the Aboriginal culture when you spend a day at a traditional Tjapukai camp. Throw a boomerang, enjoy a dance performance, view ancient artifacts and interact with these warm, native people.

  • Rainforestation Nature Park

    Set on 100 acres of World Heritage Rainforest, this eco-friendly tourist attraction is situated five minutes from the Kuranda Village and features Army Duck Rainforest Tours (with Tropical Fruit Orchard), Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience and Kuranda's largest Koala & Wildlife Park.

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Best of Port Douglas: The Great Barrier Reef

7 hours | Port Douglas | P T I - 1 0 0
  • Great Barrier Reef

Discover the kaleidoscope world of the Great Barrier Reef. An air-conditioned catamaran cruises to a pontoon anchored off the outer reef. Take a semi-sub boat tour, watch divers feed tropical fish, snorkel in the crystalline waters, enjoy a swim and catch some rays on the tanning deck. Lunch is included.

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AUD$329.95

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Tropical Highlights & Crocodile Cruise

7.5 hours | Port Douglas | P T I - 1 4 0

Discover the botanical wonderland that is the Daintree Rainforest from land and on water. After a scenic drive up the Daintree River, observe the spectacular rainforest canopy from Alexandra Lookout. Search for crocodile from a jungle cruise. Finally, take a stroll along one of Cape Tribulation's finest beaches.

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AUD$299.95

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Wet Tropic Wildlife & Crocodile Cruise

6 hours | Port Douglas | P T I - 1 4 5

Discover Tropical North Queensland's unique wildlife with a visit to the award winning Wildlife Habitat. Enjoy a casual lunch then take a Croc-spotting cruise along the Daintree River.

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Daintree Discovery Centre

5 hours | Port Douglas | P T I - 1 5 5
  • Daintree National Park

Get back to nature as you travel into the depths of the Daintree Rainforest. Enjoy a guided tour of the Daintree Discovery Centre and take in the rainforest views from aerial platforms and walkways.

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AUD$169.95

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Port Douglas in Style

2 hours | Port Douglas | P T I - 1 6 0

This is a scenic tour of Port Douglas with a difference! Grab your friends and family, jump into an extravagant Hummer vehicle and sightsee in style, glass of bubbles in hand.

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Sail To Beautiful Low Isles

7 hours | Port Douglas | P T I - 1 7 0
  • Great Barrier Reef

Get carried away under the sails of a 30-metre luxury catamaran, 'Wavedancer', for a day at the idyllic Low Isles on the Great Barrier Reef to swim, snorkel and view coral.

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AUD$279.95

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Lunch with the Lorikeets

4 hours | Port Douglas | P T I - 2 1 5

Have lunch with some of the world's most beautiful birds. The award-winning Wildlife Habitat is an interactive exhibit that serves up a casual lunch where you can mingle with a variety of animals in a spacious and natural setting. Later, tour the facility and meet koalas, kangaroos, crocodiles and more.

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Port Douglas Walking Tour

1.5 hours | Port Douglas | P T I - 2 2 0

Lace up your walking shoes and head out for a 90-minute guided tour of Port Douglas. Learn about its pioneering history and indigenous culture while admiring such key attractions as St. Mary's By The Sea, Millionaire's Row and historic buildings from the Gold Rush days of the 1870s.

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River Drift Snorkelling

3 hours | Port Douglas | P T I - 2 2 5

Looking for a unique way to cool off? Try river drift snorkeling in Daintree Rainforest-it's safe, fun and relaxing. Wetsuits and snorkeling gear are provided and an experienced instructor accompanies you all the way. This is the ultimate way to spend a refreshing day in the hot tropical climate.

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Northern Delights Tour

7 hours | Port Douglas | P T I - 2 4 0
  • Daintree National Park

Make the most of your visit to Tropical North Queensland with a cruise on the Daintree River, spotting wildlife along the way. Explore Daintree Village then sit down to lunch surrounded by birds and nature.

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Mossman & Daintree Region

6 hours | Port Douglas | P T I - 2 6 0
  • Daintree National Park

Adventure enthusiasts will relish an in-depth exploration of the rainforests and rivers of North Queensland's famed "Wet Tropics." Visit Daintree Village and board a sightseeing cruise up the Daintree River where crocodiles are often spotted. Then tour the exceptional Wildlife Habitat, a wildlife park offering an interactive eco-friendly experience.

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AUD$219.95

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