Top 5 Day Trips From Port Douglas
As much as I adore Port Douglas itself, I love getting out and about for a good day trip. The best part is that there are so many amazing ones to choose from. You can opt to book organised tours or do what I tend to do and go by yourself. I always feel that people who live in Port Douglas without a car are missing out because there are so many fun day trips to be had. So here are five of my favourites.
Great Barrier Reef
Obviously I couldn’t not include the infamous reef that’s right on my doorstep. I can’t believe that anyone would come and and not see it. I’ve been three times and each time has been so much fun – I can’t wait to go again! Snorkelling or diving amongst the vibrant corals and diverse marine life is so beautiful. There’s so many boats to choose from at the Port Douglas marina.
The Daintree Rainforest & Cape Tribulation
This is probably the second most popular day trip from Port Douglas, after the Great Barrier Reef. Organised tours can take you on fun trips with knowledgeable guides, or you can just drive yourself. The Daintree Ferry is a 40-minute drive from Port, and costs $30 return per car. There are so many exciting activities to choose from, from spotting wild crocodiles on a cruise, to seeing gorgeous beaches. Take a scenic walk through the jungle, take a dip in one of Mother Nature’s swimming pools, or sample some locally made ice cream!
The tablelands are stunning, and dotted with glistening lakes, cascading waterfalls, natural infinity pools, and quaint towns and villages. Once again there are so many things to choose from! I think my favourite is chasing waterfalls – there’s something about taking a swim beneath dramatically tumbling water that’s just magical.
One of the things that people look forward to doing in the Daintree is seeing cassowaries in their natural habitat. However, although there are plenty of wild cassowaries there, it can be hard to spot them. Driving a few hours down the coast provides a much more likely opportunity, as well as beautiful scenery, idyllic beaches, and fun towns like Mission Beach. Read about my drive with Conor and his parents from Magnetic Island to Port Douglas via the Cassowary Coast, featuring Mission Beach, Etty Bay, and five cassowaries.
Kuranda is only about an hours drive from Port Douglas – just head towards Cairns and turn off when you see the sign – then meander your way up the ranges! I always love going – it’s such a vibrant and colourful rainforest town. Check out the shops and the unique markets, eat at a quirky cafe, and see wildlife at Rainforestation and the Butterfly Sanctuary. If i’m being brutally honest, one of my favourite things to do is eat lunch at German Tucker, which serves delicious hotdogs with tasty German beer, complete with cheesy upbeat music, and the friendliest staff. I’m visiting Kuranda next week to give the Scenic Rail and Skyrail a go, so expect a detailed post next week!