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How to Spend 1 Day in Port Douglas

How to Spend 1 Day in Port Douglas

Known for its white-sand beach, superb Great Barrier Reef snorkeling, and tropical rain forest, the fishing village and resort town of Port Douglas in North Queensland makes an excellent base for exploring Australia’s Far North. If you only have one day to spend, here’s how to make the most of your time.

Morning: City Sightseeing

Kick off your day in Port Douglas with an exploration of the town itself. Hop on a Segway for a guided tour along Four Mile Beach, situated between Daintree National Park and the Great Barrier Reef, or head out on a self-guided audio tour of the town, with stops at notable points of interest such as Flagstaff Hill Lookout, St. Mary’s by the Sea, and the Old Court House. If you have time, take a stroll down Macrossan Street to do some shopping at the local boutiques or browse the Sunday market.

Afternoon: Low Isles Snorkeling

While most snorkeling excursions to the Great Barrier Reef take most of the day, you can squeeze some snorkeling into a tight schedule by spending an afternoon in the Low Isles—the only Great Barrier Reef islands within quick sailing distance of Port Douglas. Hop in the water to explore the colorful reef, or stay dry onboard the glass-bottom boat. If you’re traveling with kids, consider an afternoon learning about local habitats at Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures eco-park.

Night: Dinner Show

After a day of outdoor adventure, unwind with a special dinner experience as the sun goes down. Dine by candlelight in the world’s oldest rain forest or at Tjapukai Aboriginal Park. Sample local foods, sip Australian wines and beers, and watch an Aboriginal cultural performance to learn more about the continent’s earliest inhabitants. Most dinner shows include round-trip transportation to your hotel in the Northern Beaches for a hassle-free night out.

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Afternoon Low Isles Snorkeling and Sailing Cruise from Port Douglas
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Afternoon Low Isles Snorkeling and Sailing Cruise from Port Douglas

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Marvel over colorful corals and schools of tropical fish on this half-day tour of the Great Barrier Reef from Port Douglas. Set sail for a thrilling cruise around the Low Isles by luxury catamaran, including a delicious afternoon tea served on-board. Enjoy free time to swim or snorkel at the beaches or join a guided snorkeling tour or glass-bottom boat cruise, and learn more about the reef’s myriad sea life. This cruise is limited to 33 passengers and includes hotel pick-up and snorkeling gear.
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 Daintree - Cape Tribulation & Atherton Tablelands Tours From Port Douglas

Daintree - Cape Tribulation & Atherton Tablelands Tours From Port Douglas

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Ride in the lap of luxury and select your own itinerary on this day trip to Far North Queensland from Port Douglas. Explore the Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation, visit the Atherton Tablelands, or customize a private tour. Your guide will offer insights and ensure you see places of interest. This personalized excursion includes a buffet lunch and afternoon tea.
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Port Douglas Self-Guided Audio Tour

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Port Douglas Self-Guided Audio Tour

Download a vibrantly-narrated mp3 audio guide combined with a map detailing the area of your tour. This enchanting guided audio tour of the beautiful destination of Port Douglas will take you through some of the best views of Australia such as the Old Sugar Wharf and the gorgeous Four Mile Beach. Relax and enjoy the stunningly beautiful city of Port Douglas, one of Australia’s resort destinations. In this audio tour, you will learn how the city transformed from a tiny village to a popular luxury resort location, and hear stories of the mining and Gold Rush. Marvel at the breath-taking views at the Old Sugar Wharf and of the famous Great Barrier Reef. You will also see St Mary's by the Sea, Old Court House, Flagstaff Hill Lookout, Ngarru Gallery, Four Mile Beach, Sheraton Mirage Resort, and The Clink Theatre. A wondrous experience is awaiting you on this mesmerising tour. Your tour. Your way.
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