Port Douglas, Queensland

Posted by on Jul 30, 2009 in Australia, Oceania, Travel | 0 comments

Port Douglas, Queensland

Located in north Queensland Port Douglas is a great spot to base yourself if you are looking to head out on the stunning Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest coral reef.  Quieter than it’s busy city neighbour Cairns, Port Douglas provides a relaxed island vibe making you immediately fell like you are on holidays.

Close to the equator Port Douglas offers tropical conditions and is warm all year round, making it a great holiday during the Australian winter when you’re missing the sunshine.  Think white sandy beach with clear water and slanting palm trees, relaxing in a swim up bar with cocktail in hand, long walks and stunning nature at your doorstep.

We stayed at Rydges Sabaya (since rebranded as QT Port Douglas), which was nice however you will need to get a shuttle bus into town (or hire a scooter which is what we did).  Primarily a tourist destination there is no shortage of resorts to choose from, and it’s a very family friendly place with lots of activities to keep the kids busy.

snorkel poseidonFor our day out on the reef we went with Poseidon who were great.  The staff were really friendly and knowledgable, and they don’t take out massive groups like other tour operators.  The reef itself is absolutely amazing, from the surface all is calm and then you stick your head under water and are welcomed into an underwater world full of fish and coral.

But there’s more than just the reef to see when based in Port Douglas, we also did a guided tour of the beautiful Daintree Rainforest which included an optional swim in tranquil Mossman Gorge and a crocodile spotting river cruise.

We enjoyed breakfast with the birds (watch out they love orange juice..!), and rode horses on the beach.  This is the kind of place you can do as much or as little as you want, and makes for a great winter getaway.

 

A crocodile watches us cruise past

A crocodile watches us cruise past

 

Horse riding on the beach

Horse riding on the beach

 

Swimming in Mossman Gorge

Swimming in Mossman Gorge

 

Breakfast with the birds

Breakfast with the birds

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