There is a saying, the grass isn’t greener on the other side, well in Port Douglas I would like to concur that the grass IS greener, and I am still on a metaphorical high from exploring the luscious beauty that is quite obviously watered frequently.
Below are a few of my favourite places from my most recent holiday in Port Douglas and surrounds that made my eyes widen and heart soar.
From the moment you arrive you are surrounded by the luscious green Daintree Rainforest, and you can hear the sound of the power from the water running through the Gorge on most parts of the track. Take the circuit track, which will take about an hour to walk around with a few stops to check out the enormous some 1000 year old Fig Trees, and ambling paths that bring you to some gorgeous creeks that run to the Gorge. Take your bathers if it’s a hot day, the water is clear and cool.
Kuranda + Barron Falls
You can take the sky rail, train or drive. Each equally spectacular with views of the surrounding mountains and rainforest.
Amble through the hippy markets at the top in Karanda to find some souvenirs and little keepsakes of your trip. There is art, jewellery, clothing, bags and lots of natural local products. Explore a little deeper and beautiful little bits of street art do seem to pop up.
The breathtakingly large Barron Falls is not far from Karanda Village, about an hour walk, or 5-minute drive. Although it only falls like in the postcard pictures after large amounts of rain, the vastness of the rocky escalades and huge drop to the pools below will make your jaw drop.
Every time I have been to Palm Cove it has been rather windy. I googled it to see if it was ever not windy and the consensus that I drew was that its something called the table winds… However, gorgeous place. Highly recommend eating at a café called ‘Chill’, beautiful locally sourced meals, coffee, juices and smoothies with many healthy and tasty options.
But here there is nothing much to do other than walk the beautiful beach, swan around the jetty and relax amongst the tropical palm trees.
The Daintree Rainforest + Cape Tribulation
If you have a car, don’t be afraid to self-drive to Cape Tribulation! The drive is slow and the enchantment of the beautiful Daintree rainforest is unremarkably green and gorgeous.
There are so many little lookouts, walks and beaches to explore. Watch out for the crocs!
You may also want to stop off at Daintree Ice Cream, where they grow the fruit and make organic ice cream, in numerous tropical flavours. Perfect after a day of walking.
Great Barrier Reef
Book a snorkel/ scuba dive day on one of the smaller boats from Port Douglas Marina. (Skip the big Quicksilver Boats – the smaller boats can take you to more areas that arnt full of people and are best for the weather conditions of the day). Its definitely a more personal experience with less people)
NOTE Before you book have a look at the weather ahead and look for a day that the wind isn’t too strong. Wind causes the water to be choppy, which reduces your visibility to see the beautiful reef and marine life!
I went out on Poisidon and highly recommend it. The captain and crew were awesome, I went scuba diving and we saw a large reef shark, huge fish, gardens of colourful coral, nemos. And the snorkelers also saw were also lead to the best places to see the reef.
Such a good day.
Port Douglas Gym
Located at the back of the Coles Carpark, you can get casual and weekly passes. The gym has everything you could need, its clean and tidy, the owners are lovely, basically a gym home away from home.
4 Mile Beach
Walk or run along the sand. And you can finish with the track up to the Flagstaff Hill Lookout. Head right to the Northern end of the beach, and you will see some stairs. Up the stairs are numerous looksouts, and if you keep walking the track you will end up at the other end of the main street at Rex Park near the marina.
PORT DOUGLAS IS BEAUTIFUL, with the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest sooo close it is definitely a bucket list location to tick off...