Rent a car for the most popular way to explore the surrounding landscape and dramatic coastline. There are a number of car hire companies at both Cairns airport and in Port Douglas, providing a day's hire from little more than $23. Offering freedom and adventure, steer yourself in any direction to see the best of Tropical North Queensland.
If you're not going too far from town, a great way to travel around Port Douglas is on foot. Not only is it free, but with little traffic and clean walkways, most shops and basic needs are within a short distance. Take advantage of strolls along the beach as well as the Marina and Port Douglas headland for views that are picture perfect.
For traveling in and around Port Douglas, you can't get a cheaper ride than a bicycle. With several rental companies in town to choose from, you can cycle away from between $19 and $49 a day for on and off road bikes. For a great family activity with outstandingly beautiful scenery, ride along Four Mile Beach.
There are a number of taxi operators in Port Douglas that offer cheap rates to nearby resorts and places of interest. Most drivers have an extensive knowledge of the area and are happy to guide you to the best attractions in the region. Also, most hotels will book you a ride in advance if you don't feel like hailing one off the street.
Take a relaxing ride along Wonga Beach and through Daintree Rainforest, 25 minutes north of Port Douglas. With a choice of horses to suit beginners to experienced riders, explore the stretch of pristine paradise at your own pace with the breeze in your hair. For unmissable views of the sunset choose an evening tour during the summer months at $90 to $100 per person.
For wildlife lovers or the night owls among us, discover Cape Tribulation's nocturnal creatures. See snakes, lizards, possums, rainforest dragons and bandicoots to name a few, following natural tracks made by animals or water. At $40 per person, this is a unique way to see Tropical North Queensland come to life as the sun sets over the rainforest canopy.
For a spot of retail therapy head out for the Sunday markets in Anzac Park from 8am-1pm. Situated on the waterfront you can soak up the local atmosphere and pleasant coral views while searching for a great bargain. From local art and produce to theatre and music street performances, enjoy a lazy Sunday wandering with the family.
For the ultimate adrenaline rush and breathtaking views, brave a tandem skydive at 11,000ft over Mission Beach. Free-fall for 40 seconds at 200kph for an unbeatable rush. With most operators offering free transfers and lunch, along with a scenic flight, from around $275 per adult this is a great way to explore the region from a new perspective.
Hire a car for the day and discover North Queensland by boat or on foot. If you love getting close to nature, experience a crocodile and wildlife spotting river tour. Take a scenic drive through the rainforest canopies for extraordinary views, stopping by at the Daintree Discovery Centre for aerial walkways offering a different perspective. Leave the best until last at Cape Tribulation, where the sense of solitude is second to none.
One of the most visited spots in the Wet Tropics, Mossman Gorge is the perfect place to cool off and take a dip in its crystal clear waters. While away the hours in this idyllic haven, walking the 2.7km track for an easy trek, with views of Manjal Dimbi plus an access point to Wurumbu Creek. Alternatively settle into a book, with cascading water over granite boulders the only sound for miles.
Depart from the Marina in Port Douglas onboard a 30m luxury sailing catamaran to experience the excitement of big ship sailing. Soak up the sun on deck or go snorkeling in the Low Isles Reef 13km from Port Douglas. With qualified instructors on hand, whether you have taken the plunge before or not, rest assured your day will be a relaxing one. Expect to pay around $150 per adult for the day.
If adrenaline-fueled fun is what you're after with all the benefits of sightseeing, experience the rainforest through Jungle Surfing. Fly through the trees on flying fox zip wires from tree platforms, taking in the jaw-dropping views stretching as far as the reef. For photos that will keep your friends guessing how you got them, this is a great way for all ages to discover the area up close and personal.
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