Port Douglas

The heart of Tropical North Queensland beats in Port Douglas. This quaint seaside town is known as the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. And while visitors could easily make an entire holiday out of visiting the reef, these five day trips from Port Douglas lead to breathtaking views of Mother Nature’s finest.

1. Mossman Gorge

Only 20 minutes from Port Douglas, Mossman Gorge is well and truly the gateway to Daintree National Park. Here, visitors can take a Dreamtime Walk Tour to learn about the Indigenous population pr embark on a self-guided walking tour through the lush greenery. While you’ll lose yourself in the beauty of the imposing canopy, the walking tracks will keep you on the right path.

Hiker by river of Mossman Gorge

2. Daintree National Park

Mossman Gorge is only the beginning. Daintree National Park is the oldest rainforest on the planet, and it’s an overwhelming presentation of life: the flora, the fauna, the rhythm of the rushing waters…splendid beauty all around! Visitors can join guided tours, self-guided walking tours, or even self-drive tours to explore the vast Park.

Outdoors Daintree National Park

3. The Low Isles

A snorkeler’s paradise, the Low Isles are home to coral, sea turtles, and other marine life. Set out from the beaches of the coral cay islands or take a Reef Sprinter boat out to the Low Isles Reef, just 15 minutes from Port Douglas.

The Low Isles lighthouse

4. Cape Tribulation

Drive through Daintree National Park along a self-drive tour to the northern edge of the park, Cape Tribulation. Take to the water for swimming, snorkelling, kayaking, or simply stay on the sandy beaches to soak up the vistas.

Canoes at Cape Tribulation

5. Opal Reef

Of course, a trip to the Great Barrier Reef should be on any Port Douglas agenda. Head to the Outer Great Barrier Reef to encounter the vibrant marine life. Tours leave from multiple ports in Port Douglas daily, making it a simple trip to one of the most famous natural wonders in the world.

Clownfish with anemone off Opal Reef near Port Douglas

All photos from Tourism & Events Queensland.