Out and about in Douglas


There are a multitude of activities available in Port Douglas for thrill seekers and cautious adventurers alike. From fishing to hot-air ballooning, scuba diving, a leisurely walk along 4 mile beach, a round of championship golf, whitewater rafting to four-wheel driving, a quiet family outing or an endorphin rush await!


The largest natural feature on Earth, the Great Barrier Reef is an expanse of aquatic beauty an immense 2300 kilometres long featuring varieties of coral formations and species of fish from Nemo through to sharks and whales, we have even seen whale shark. Select from a diverse range of exploratory methods – there are multitudes of options to observe the reef with day trips out of Port Douglas, scuba dive or snorkel, take a look from an underwater observatory or go on a leisurely cruise in a glass-bottomed boat.

The pristine waters of the Reef facilitate boating trips as well. Take a guided fishing trip to the beautiful Great Barrier Reef with an experienced skipper, or try out your own sea-legs with a hired boat.

There are literally a hundred different operators to take you to the Great Barrier Reef, and to book your Reef Trip please check out our Discover Port Douglas business directory.


The aquatic adventures don’t end at the ocean; the Daintree River, one of the longest rivers on the Australian East Coast, is site of river cruises and exploratory trips guided by both naturalists and knowledgeable locals. Explorer Dalrymple said upon discovering this river, “no river in North Australia possesses surroundings combining so much of distant mountain grandeur with local beauty and wealth of vegetation.” The Daintree River is one of the best bird-watching sites in the country, attracting bird enthusiasts worldwide but it’s the crocs that most people go there to see one in the wild.. Tours are available from the village of Daintree. Watch out for the crocodiles and have a fantastic day on the water!


Cape TribulationThe beautiful Cape Tribulation is a just a couple of hours and a ferry ride north of Port Douglas. Tours to the Cape give you the chance to spend the night in paradise – not an opportunity to be missed! Alternatively you can hire a car and be your own guide (4WD not required unless you plan to continue up to Cooktown). The road is yours.