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How to Spend 3 Days in Port Douglas

How to Spend 3 Days in Port Douglas

Travelers from around the globe make Port Douglas their base for experiencing the myriad outdoor adventures of North Queensland and the Northern Beaches. With three days in the relaxed town, you’ll have plenty of time to explore, on land and in the sea. Here’s how.

Day 1: Great Barrier Reef

Most visitors to Port Douglas are there to see the Great Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are several ways to explore the thousands of individual reefs dotted with hundreds of islands and coral cays, and you should plan to spend the entire day in the area. Most excursions involve a glass-bottom boat, with time for snorkeling, swimming, and soaking up the sun on a white sand beach. If you’re a certified scuba diver, opt for a trip that includes instructors and equipment rental. To get a feel for the immensity of the reef, take a scenic morning helicopter flight above it, followed by an afternoon of snorkeling in the Low Isles. 

Day 2: Daintree Rainforest

North Queensland is home to the UNESCO-listed Daintree Rainforest, one of the oldest on the planet. Get an early start, and cruise along the Daintree River spotting crocodiles and butterflies. Then, take a guided nature walk through the jungle, capture the views from Alexandra Range Lookout, or see where the rain forest meets the sea at Cape Tribulation. Many trips to the Daintree Rainforest include time in Mossman Gorge within Daintree National Park. This verdant river gorge sets the scene for hiking, wildlife watching, or swimming along the Mossman River. End your day with a candlelit dinner in the rain forest, served to the sights and sounds of a live Aboriginal performance.

Day 3: Kuranda

Riding along the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway is one of the most memorable experiences on offer in North Queensland, so climb aboard. After an hour and 45 minutes of winding through the rain forest by train, you’ll arrive at the hippie haven of Kuranda, where you can browse the local markets, take in the mountain and sea views from the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, or learn more about the local indigenous culture at Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park. After your return to Port Douglas, chill out on Four Mile Beach, or treat yourself to a sunset sail along the Australian coast. 

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Great Barrier Reef Sailing and Snorkeling Cruise from Port Douglas
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Great Barrier Reef Sailing and Snorkeling Cruise from Port Douglas

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Ride to the Low Isles on this Great Barrier Reef sailing and snorkeling cruise from Port Douglas. You'll enjoy a full day relaxing on white-sand beaches, snorkeling and sailing the reef in a glass-bottom boat. With an expert marine biologist as your guide, explore pristine tropical waters filled with marine life. You're served a buffet lunch by an attentive crew aboard a luxury catamaran, limited to 33 passengers.
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Outer Barrier Reef Sailing and Snorkeling Adventure from Port Douglas
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Outer Barrier Reef Sailing and Snorkeling Adventure from Port Douglas

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Benefit from a full-day sailing tour from Port Douglas to the Outer Barrier Reef to swim, snorkel, and sail in one of Australia’s most famous destinations. Visit the northern portion of the Great Barrier Reef, where coral cays and turquoise ocean are home to colorful fish, sea turtles, and other marine life. Includes buffet lunch, guided snorkel tour, glass-bottom boat tour, and commentary from a marine biologist guide.
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  • 9 hours
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Sunset Sailing Cruise from Port Douglas

Sunset Sailing Cruise from Port Douglas

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Watch the sunset from the deck of a luxury catamaran on a relaxing 1.5-hour evening sailing cruise from Port Douglas. As you soak in the tropical scenery, enjoy a complimentary drink and a selection of hot and cold appetizers served up by the friendly crew. Your captain steers your vessel to prime viewpoints for watching the sunset and the Coral Sea, the Low Isles and the gorgeous coastline around Port Douglas.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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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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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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