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5 Rainy Day Activities in Port Douglas

5 Rainy Day Activities in Port Douglas

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Visiting Port Douglas during the dry season often means endless clear, sunny days filled with beach trips, reef trips, and Daintree tours. However, many visitors choose to make their way to Port Douglas during the wet season, particularly in school holidays. On a particularly rainy day, this sometimes means that reef trips are cancelled and the Daintree ferry is closed, eliminating two of the most popular attractions in the area. When it’s really chucking it down, a walk at Mossman Gorge is suddenly much less appealing, the beach much less attractive, and the winding roads to Cairns, Kuranda, and the Tablelands unappealing.

Whilst many of the area’s activities rely on better weather, there are still plenty of delightful activities for any weather. Here are five of my top suggestions.

1. Have a spa day – Port Douglas is a very relaxing place, and home to several sensational spas. Book an appointment for a massage, facial, manicure, pedicure, and much more. After all, what’s a holiday with no relaxation or indulgence?

2. Enjoy bottomless brunch or a long lunch – a number of exquisite cafes and restaurants line the streets of Port Douglas. Choose bottomless brunch at Cafe Fresq for unlimited mimosas, coronas, or bloody marys, or enjoy lunch with cocktails and wine, stretching into the afternoon.

3. Go shopping! Now you may get a little wet moving between stores, however it’s worth it for the delights available at Port Douglas’ big brand retailers and unique gift shops.

4. Soak up some culture – visit the Courthouse Museum on Wharf Street for fascinating exhibits and artefacts. There are also several art galleries display the varied work of talented Australian artists.

5. Stay inside and marvel at the storm – the storms in wet season can be incredible, as long as you’re not caught hiking in one! Simple stay dry and watch the rain, thunder, and lightning all around you!


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