things to do in Port Douglas

Facing the Coral Sea in the Far North of Queensland, Port Douglas is your gateway to two UNESCO World Heritage sites – the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest. This town is a popular seaside destination for those who enjoy exploring nature, both above and under the sea.

With beyond-idyllic temperatures ranging between 20’s-30’s celsius year-round, it is no wonder that locals and tourists see Port Douglas as the perfect slice of tropical beauty, right in Australia.

Traverse the canopies in the world’s oldest jungle, spend the afternoon snorkeling in the crystal waters at Four Mile Beach or take a jeep tour to Cape Tribulation.

Though nature and adventure fun take center stage in Port Douglas, culture and art buffs will be entertained with indigenous Australian art at the Ngarru Gallery and Janbal Gallery, as well as visiting Mossman Market for locally crafted goods.

These are just some of the fun and exciting things to do in Port Douglas — not to mention the historic sites and architecture that make this small Australian town a charming and fantastic place to visit.

1 – Sail out to the Great Barrier Reef on a boat tour

Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Explore one of the seven natural wonders of the world (and without a doubt, one of the best places to visit in Australia), the Great Barrier Reef, on a boat tour from Port Douglas. As the world’s largest coral reef system, it has more than enough shallow areas for snorkeling in a day.

The tour also offers introductory scuba dive, while certified divers can choose from many different diving sites.

2 – Spot the endemic bird species at Wildlife Habitat

Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia
Rainbow Lorikeet from Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia

An award-winning wildlife reserve where you can get up close to native Australian animals, Wildlife Habitat has wetlands, rainforest, woodland and savannah — each containing unique Australian creatures in their natural state.

You can upgrade your visit and have breakfast with the birds, or even get a chance to swim with crocodiles (safely of course) if you dare for the ultimate experience!

Make sure to book this experience as soon as possible, as it usually sells out fast.

3 – Go snorkeling at Low Isles

Low Isles, Port Douglas, Australia

Just 15 kilometers off the coast of Port Douglas is Low Isles Lagoon, a protected, sandy coral cay, teeming with marine life.

You can sail out to the lagoon on a boat tour before being allowed to explore the surroundings by either snorkeling or aboard a glass-bottom boat. The tour goes for half a day and you can choose between early morning and mid-afternoon.

Enjoy a variety of snacks, canapes, and refreshing drinks on board typically served to guests.

4 – Stop by St. Mary’s By the Sea church

St. Mary's By the Sea, Port Douglas

The historic St. Mary’s By The Sea church built in 1880 right on the hill of Port Douglas is now a non-denominational chapel famous for hosting weddings with a magnificent view of the sea and the nearby mountains.

Situated in the middle of a tropical paradise with palm trees, and flower bushes, it’s the perfect place for a reflective moment.

You can visit this picturesque site any day of the week and check out its stained glass window looking out over the ocean.

5 – Step back in time at the Port Douglas Court House Museum and Douglas Shire Historical Society

Port Douglas Court House Museum, Australia

This former courthouse, built in 1879, is the second oldest courthouse in Queensland and was handed over to the Douglas Shire Historical Society in 1997 to use as a museum.

It tells the history of Port Douglas, with exhibits including a recreation of the trial of Ellen Thompson, the only woman sentenced to hang in Queensland for the murder of her husband in 1887.

Admission is free, and the museum is typically open Tuesday-Saturday or any other day that fits your schedule.

6 – Explore the Daintree Forest

Daintree Forest, Port Douglas

UNESCO-listed Daintree Rainforest is 1,200 square kilometers in size and forms part of the oldest continually surviving tropical rainforest in the world. You can head out there on a small group 4WD tour that takes you deep into the heart of the forest.

Similarly, join a river cruise to see the native animals in their natural state and habitat, and learn a lot about the region from a knowledgeable guide.

7 – Sample local delicacies on a food tour of Atherton Tablelands

food tours in Port Douglas

A stretch of very fertile land in Northern Queensland, Atherton Tablelands is home to many plantations and vineyards.

On a food tour out of Port Douglas, you can be taken to wineries, coffee and banana plantations, and distilleries. You’ll be able to sample local wine, chocolate and mango sorbet, and even spot a few platypuses in their native environment.

Learn from a professional chef as your guide, but double-check tour availability, as some food tours are not offered daily.

8 – Go scuba diving

scuba diving in Port Douglas

What is a better way to admire the beautiful underwater world than diving? Scuba diving tours will take you to the Great Barrier Reef, as well as the vibrant Agincourt Reef, where you can snorkel and get your scuba lesson if it’s your first time.

From one-day short lessons/experiences to a full 4-day experience and scuba diving courses, if you plan your scuba diving experience between May-August, you may catch sight of Minke Whales.

9 – Gaze out from Trinity Bay Lookout

Trinity Bay Lookout, Port Douglas

Trinity Bay Lookout provides an expansive view of the Queensland coastline.

With the length of 2 miles one way, the hike takes around 40 minutes to complete, over a few elevated bridges, surrounded by colorful flowers, and tropical forests.

You can reach the tower on a short walk from the northern end of Four Mile Beach or by driving up Wharf Street in Port Douglas. It’s one of the only places where you can see the entire stretch of Four Mile Beach.

Directions in Google Maps

10 – Share some bites with your friends at BARBADOS Port Douglas

BARBADOS Port Douglas, Australia
Credit to Barbados Port Douglas

Take a break from sightseeing and sit down on a lounge chair, as you share some snacks with friends, and sip on a refreshing cocktail at BARBADOS Port Douglas – a restaurant and bar.

Located on the shores of Port Douglas, with exquisite views of the water and Magazine Island, enjoy the fresh breeze with your tropical fix, as you order from the Carribean-inspired menu.

Once you’re done, step into the boutique shop to browse some island-inspired clothes, accessories, and homeware.

11 – See the butterflies at Daintree Entomological Museum

Daintree Entomological Museum, Port Douglas

Founded in 2003, this museum has a bizarre collection of local insects and butterflies. It was hand-built by the founder and is also considered one of the most beautiful buildings in the Daintree.

There are interactive live insect displays, as well as guided and self-guided tours, allowing the museum to be explored in a great number of ways.

Because of its slightly remote location, the easiest way to get to the museum is via a car or going with a tour group.

12 – Explore Mossman Gorge

Mossman Gorge, Port Douglas, Australia

Travel out to Mossman Gorge, an ancient rainforest 20 kilometers inland from Port Douglas in a modern 11-seater bus that gives you uninterrupted views along the way.

Once there, you can explore the gorge and see the crystal clear water of the Mossman River flowing over boulders and cliffs. On a guided walk, you’ll see a diverse range of animals and plants, as the rainforest is kept from human interventions.

13 – Traverse the Bloomfield Track

Bloomfield Track, Port Douglas

If you’re looking for a more challenging route, head out to the Bloomfield Track passing through the world’s oldest rainforests, wetlands and waterfalls.

Drive across the beautiful Bobby & Jacky Ball Bloomfield River Bridge, which connects and allows access to the Aboriginal community of Wujal Wujal.

The track runs between Cape Tribulation and Bloomfield, and its safety is subject to weather conditions so be sure to check if it’s rained recently and pay attention to any road condition signs.

14 – Walk along Four Mile Beach

Four Mile Beach, Port Douglas, Australia

An easy spot to visit just a five-minute walk from the main part of the town, this beach is widely regarded as premier in Port Douglas, as the four-mile stretch of shoreline seems not to have any sign of development.

All nearby accommodation and buildings are hidden by the rows of trees lining the shore, allowing visitors to really unplug from the bustle of the city.

Simultaneously, Four Mile Beach is also the host of a variety of fun events from the Port Douglas Carnivale in May to music festivals and a few sporting events.

15 – Hike the Flagstaff Hill Walking Trail

Flagstaff Hill Walking Trail, Port Douglas

This 1.5-kilometer trail runs between Rex Smeal Park and Four Mile Beach. You’ll be walking along the waterline while enjoying the scenery of the Coral Sea, Low Isles and the Daintree Forest.

The trail is designed to be accessible to most people’s walking abilities, taking on average around 40 minutes to complete, so nearly anyone can come along and relish the breeze from the sea and the trees.

Typically speaking, the best time to hike Flagstaff is between June-July due to better weather.

Directions in Google Maps

16 – Explore one of the world’s oldest rainforests on a Daintree River Cruise

Daintree River cruise, Port Douglas

Surrounded by scenes of endless vegetation of forests, mountains, and water, enjoy a stunning river cruise through Daintree to discover some of its wildlife, fascinating native plants, and immense history and role.

Listen to the splash of crocodiles getting into the water and distant bird calls and more!

Bring your binoculars (or use the ones provided on a tour) to spot some of the most exotic animals and birds, taking a closer look at the critters that live hidden in the mangroves.

17 – Pick up some local goods at Port Douglas Markets

Port Douglas Markets, Australia

The best places to find handicrafts and goods made by local artisans are Port Douglas Markets. The Cotter’s Market has very strict stall holder eligibility rules to maintain their tradition, while Mossman Market has local farmers selling their own harvests and produce.

You can spend your morning weekends at these markets, as the Cotter’s opens every Sunday from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m, while Mossman every Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

18 – Enjoy the view of the Kuranda Rainforest with Skyrail and Scenic Railway

Kuranda Rainforest Skyrail and Scenic Railway, Australia

From Port Douglas, take a day trip to the Kuranda Rainforest, one of Australia’s World Heritage sites. You’ll pass through some of the world’s oldest rainforests before exploring the local town.

While you’re out in the forests, you have the option to book tickets aboard the Kuranda Rainforest Skyrail which takes you over the forest for panoramic views. There’s also the Scenic Railway which rolls through the rainforest with views of the trees and rolling hills.

19 – Head to the Flagstaff Hill Lighthouse Lookout

Flagstaff Hill Lighthouse Lookout, Port Douglas

This active small lighthouse is a historical landmark situated just 1.5 kilometers from the center of Port Douglas and you can reach it on a scenic walk from Four Mile Beach.

A relatively easy journey to this coveted viewpoint, people often either walk, drive or ride their bike to the top.

From the lookout, you’ll have a 180-degree view out to the Coral Sea and find out why it’s one of the most famous landscape photo locations in town.

Directions in Google Maps

20 – Cruise past Macalister Range National Park

Macalister Range National Park, Australia

This 5,563-hectare parkland is home to the native Cassowary and it does not have public access — but you can go for a scenic drive along the Captain Cook Highway that runs between Cairns and Port Douglas that can show you most of the park.

As you drive past Macalister, you’ll be able to see the 880 meters high Mount Charlie on one side and the waters of the Great Barrier Reef on the other.

21 – Go for a swim at Oak Beach

Oak Beach, Port Douglas

This secluded, tree-lined beach, just 10 minutes from Port Douglas, stretches out for 1.5 kilometers and has a coral reef at one end.

Feel the vibrancy of the local crops, from coconut and sugar cane fields, as well as the opportunity for unique tours to explore, and spot crocodiles in their natural habitats.

You can spend a night here in one of the luxury beachfront villas and wake up rejuvenated for another day of adventure.

Directions in Google Maps

22 – Hop on a jeep tour over to Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation, Australia

Take a scenic drive from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation, a headland in Far North Queensland which forms a section of the Daintree Rainforest.

On a jeep tour, you’ll enjoy the views of rainforests and coasts all the way, and you may be lucky to spot some crocodiles, before cooling off in Emmagen Creek.

In between revving up the Jeep, you’ll stop to enjoy a delicious lunch and refreshments in the middle of the rainforest.

23 – Play a round of golf

golf courses in Port Douglas

There are several high-standard golf courses around Port Douglas that make the most of the area’s wide-open spaces and rolling hills. The highlight is the Palmer Sea Reef Golf and Country Club which is inspired by one of the world’s most prestigious golf courses, St. Andrews in Scotland.

There are plenty of options for everyone regardless of experience and skill level, as well as plenty of space inside the Clubhouse to take a break with a refreshing beverage.

24 – Visit the historic Cooktown

Cooktown, Queensland, Australia

A small town that’s a three-hour drive north of Port Douglas, Cooktown initially flourished during the gold rush in the 1800s, attracting populations from all over the world before almost becoming a ghost town in the 1950s.

Known today for its abundance of quartz and rich Aboriginal culture, more travelers are starting to take note of this quaint destination.

Its isolated position, spectacular views of Cape York and historic architecture gradually have made it a popular tourist location in the 1980s for those looking for a getaway.

25 – Swing with all your might on the Giant Jungle Swing at SkyPark

Giant Jungle Swing, Australia
Credit to Sky Park

Get the views and adrenaline going as you swing through nature at the Giant Jungle Swing at SkyPark in Carins (48 minutes south of Port Douglas).

Reaching speeds of up to 120 kilometers per hour, this swing is uniquely meant for more than one person to go on at the same time.

So gather up your most courageous friends or family members to go on this swinging adventure, and if you’re looking for more adventure, check out all the other thrilling activities!

26 – Head out on a fishing trip

fishing in Port Douglas

The waters around Port Douglas are home to many different species of fish such as mangrove jack, coral trout and barracuda.

You can hop on a fishing boat out to the Great Barrier Reef or fish on the shore in the calm waters of the Daintree River. For the thrill-seekers, there’s a helicopter fishing that takes you to fishing spots no one else can get to!

Whatever you catch, you can either release it back or purchase it for a small fee.

27 – Stand up paddle your way along Mossman River

paddleboarding in Port Douglas

An excellent way to explore the quiet water of the Mossman River is by stand-up paddleboarding. You can hop on a tour with Wind Swell, which has been running tours since 1999.

In this 2.5 hours tour, you will pass through the heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest and you can choose to depart between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., from a refreshing sunrise beach SUP to a magical Rainforest SUP tour, and other specialized SUP experiences.

28 – Go shopping at the Marina Markets

Marina Markets, Port Douglas

This boutique market opens every Wednesday at Port Douglas Crystalbrook Marina. It’s one of the best places to get local, handmade goods such as jewelry, clothing and homewares.

Surrounding the market are plenty of bars and restaurants, making the Crystalbrook Marina a great place to spend most of your Wednesday whilst you’re in Port Douglas.

Open mostly between April-October, keep an eye out on their official Facebook page for sudden closures most common between November-March.

Directions in Google Maps

29 – Escape to Mowbray National Park

Mowbray National Park, Australia

Part of the Wooroonooran Important Bird Area, this tropical reserve is home to several bird species that can only be found in the area. Mowbray is just a 20-minute drive from Port Douglas, so it is an easy getaway while you are in town.

At the park, you can hike the historic Bump Track, which is an old trail originally used by local Aboriginal people to make their way through the dense wetlands.

30 – Sample craft beer at Hemingway’s Brewery FNQ

Hemingway's Brewery FNQ, Port Douglas

Hemingway’s Brewery creates award-winning fresh local beer in Far North Queensland. It has locations in both Cairns and Port Douglas, with the latter venue being located right on the water with views of moored yachts all around.

From wood-fired pizza to hearty hamburgers, and salads, the menu will surely not disappoint along with the views.

You can book functions or simply arrive with your friends to sample some local craft beer and delicious food.

31 – Discover local art at Ngarru Gallery

Ngarru Gallery, Port Douglas
credit to Ngarru Gallery

Ngarru Gallery is regarded as the premier supplier of indigenous Australian art in Northern Queensland. Through its collection, you see the many styles and artistic creations of one of the oldest surviving cultures on earth.

Every item is for sale, so you can take a slice of native Australian culture back with you after your trip.

If you need help selecting the perfect piece, a knowledgeable staff member will be able to share insight and suggestions if needed.

32 – Get up close to the crocodiles at Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Port Douglas

Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures has a collection of native Australian wildlife, most notably a large number of crocodiles. You can watch them spring into action during feeding time, as well as take a 20-minute boat cruise through the surrounding wetlands.

Take a look at their varying activities, from enjoying breakfast with koalas to multiple photo ops with the animals, and more!

They also offer shuttles from main towns — including Port Douglas — making it very easy to get there.

33 – Glide over the city on a hot air balloon ride

hot air balloon ride in Port Douglas

Hot air balloon rides run during the morning in Port Douglas, offering a great way to watch the sun come up over town. The flight goes for about 50 minutes and takes place just as the sun is peeking over the horizon.

You’ll also get a great view of the sunset, as well as a unique perspective of the Atherton Tablelands and rural Port Douglas!

Upon arriving, you’ll celebrate your hot air balloon triumph with a certificate of completion!

34 – Shop at Macrossan Street

Macrossan Street, Port Douglas

The retail hub of Port Douglas, Macrossan Street host several cafes, high-end boutiques and everything in between. The street has Four Mile Beach on one side and Market Place on the other.

After shopping for the day, the African Mahogany trees that line Macrossan Street light up as the bars, restaurants, and nightlife locations open for the evening, with a global variety of food options from Italian, Mexican, and modern Australian, you’ll see yourself coming back time and time again.

35 – Learn about the aboriginal culture at Janbal Gallery

Janbal Gallery, Port Douglas

Get the opportunity to see the art of indigenous people, learn about their culture and even learn to paint in the style of the local artists in this art gallery.

Learn about aboriginal art from the artist himself, who also co-owns the gallery.

Painting your own souvenir here is definitely one of the most unique things to do in Port Douglas, just make sure to book your slot anytime between 9 AM – 5 PM Monday-Friday.

36 – Take a ride on the Bally Hooley Steam Railway

Bally Hooley Train, Port Douglas
credit to Bally Hooley Train

This historic train takes you for a rail tour through Port Douglas, running between St. Crispins and Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina and passing the Mirage Country Club and many other key locations.

Taking a ride on these vintage diesel and steam engine trains is one of the essential things to do in Port Douglas!

37 – Head out to the Tin Shed

Tin Shed, Port Douglas

The Tin Shed is a long-running social club that was formed in 1877 to provide a place for the Port Douglas and District Boat Club to meet. Today, it is a hub of social activity in the town with a restaurant open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day and live music most weekends.

Spend some time hanging out in this spot perched right in the heart of town, on the water, looking out onto reefs and mangroves.

38 – Absorb the scene of nature below you as you’re zip lining

ziplining in Port Douglas

Hang on and hold on tight as you zip through the treetops of the beautiful Daintree National Park, taking in some wildly incredible sights of nature, from the many waterways through the park, to the Alexandra lookout, while inhaling some of the freshest air.

Make a whole day out of this activity and consider booking an excursion that includes hotel pick up/drop off, ferry to Daintree National Park, tour guide, refreshments/lunch, and professional photos of the day’s adventures.

39 – Visit the old Port Douglas Sugar Wharf

Port Douglas Sugar Wharf, Australia

Port Douglas Sugar Wharf sits on the water of Port Dickson’s inlet and is used to be a privately owned shipwreck museum but is now open to the public.

Whether you’re invited to a wedding here, or not, come by especially during the beautiful sunset hour, giving the perfect light for your photos.

It’s been a popular event venue with sunset views and a large pier that can accommodate some 120 people.

40 – Hop on a white water raft

rafting in Port Douglas

The Barron River offers a great white water rafting experience for visitors in Port Douglas. There are rafting tours that go for five hours and give you plenty of rough water to navigate, mixed with a lot of serene surroundings.

All safety equipment, transport to and from the accommodation, and park entry are included in the cost, so you can get straight on the water!

Due to the turbulent nature of this activity, children under 12 are not allowed.

41 – Drop by Rattle N’ Hum Port Douglas

Rattle n Hum Port Douglas, Australia

Rattle N’ Hum Port Douglas is a classic Australian pub where you can get lunch, dinner or some local beer.

It’s known as a favorite hangout for locals so for those traveling from afar, you’ll get a good insight into the life of the town people.

Check out their lively events calendar, featuring upcoming occasions from sports watch parties, to live music, and much more! If you’re going with a large group, reserve your table ahead of time.

42 – Take a plunge on a skydiving tour

skydiving in Port Douglas

Skydiving is a perfect option for adventurous travelers who also want a panoramic view of the coast of Northern Queensland.

If you go on the one-hour drive south to Cairns, you can hop on a half-day skydiving tour. Free transfers to and from the skydiving site and Cairns are included, so you can focus on your 15,000-foot dive, with up to 60 seconds of free fall!

Depending on your package, you may get high-quality photos taken of your experience!

43 – Book an adventure at Thala Beach Nature Reserve Tours

Thala Beach Nature Reserve, Australia

Elevate your adventure by booking a tour experience with Thala Beach Nature Reserve Tours, known widely for their adventurous, thrilling, and bespoke tour packages taking you around some incredible places near Port Douglas and Cairns.

From an incredibly clear night of stargazing to joining the only coconut tour in Australia and quenching your thirst with fresh coconut water, and bird and butterfly walks with professional guides, these tours are perfect for unique adventures, set in remote areas.

44 – Hop on a scenic airplane tour

airplane tours in Port Douglas

An airplane tour takes you on an hour-long flight over Port Douglas and neighboring places. You are guaranteed a window seat to spot the Great Barrier Reef, Palm Cove, Arlington Island and much more.

Whether you’re looking for a romantic idea to do with your partner, or you want to treat yourself, some airplane tours will also include a celebratory glass of champagne.

The tour includes bus transfers to and from Cairns airport where the trip begins and ends.

45 – Head on a Quicksilver Cruise

Quicksilver Cruise, Port Douglas

Quicksilver Cruises takes travelers out to the famous Great Barrier Reef and it has an activity platform where you can view the coral structures, as well as options to go snorkeling and scuba diving.

For those who aren’t fond of swimming, there’s an underwater viewing platform beneath the cruise ship for you to get a view of the reef without diving under yourself!

Check out packages that include the cruise, plus other fun activities!

46 – Have a picnic at Bruno Reidwig Park

Bruno Reidwig Park, Port Douglas

Having a picnic at Bruno Reidwig Park, located 6 minutes from downtown, right on the waterfront is one of the quintessential things to do in Port Douglas. With barbecue and toilet facilities, this is a perfect spot to spend a day with your family or relax and unwind for an afternoon on your own.

If you have children, they’ll enjoy climbing all over the playground, and for the beachgoers, make your way to Four Mile Beach using the nearby pedestrian access.

Directions in Google Maps

47 – Catch the sunset at Rex Smeal Park

Rex Smeal Park, Port Douglas

A favorite location for locals to soak up the sunset every night, Rex Smeal Park, nestled in the peninsula of Port Douglas, has a wide-open space to set up a picnic with some fresh seafood and local drinks.

Traveling with children? They’ll love the ample space to play openly or play tag on the playground.

You’ll also get views of boats heading out to the Great Barrier Reef, while resting in the shade of tropical coconut trees.

48 – Soar above Port Douglas on a helicopter tour

helicopter tours in Port Douglas

Get a bird’s-eye view of the Great Barrier Reef on a helicopter tour, which will fly you over to see the coral formations, sea turtles, manta rays, dugongs and whales.

Listen to the knowledge of your local guide sharing important facts and safety tips along the way, and if you’re feeling up to it, some tours also offer extra water activities for an additional price.

49 – Indulge yourself at Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina

Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina, Port Douglas

At Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina, there is a good selection of fine dining restaurants, as well as a micro-brewery where you’re able to sample some local craft beer.

Many sailors and travelers park their vessels here when visiting Port Douglas, so it’s the right place for fresh seafood and local cuisine.

Afterward, stay for a while during sunset for an extraordinary view of the sun’s rays on the sparkling water, while viewing some of the biggest yachts.

50 – Have dinner by the water at Salsa Bar & Grill

Salsa Bar & Grill, Port Douglas

This restaurant perched right next to St. Mary’s by the Sea offers views of the Coral Sea from the dining room. It has been operating for 26 years, a long time creating food and drinks from local produce.

Its menu has an emphasis on fresh, so you can expect dragonfruit mojitos and prawns to be heavily featured.

Vegans and vegetarians worry not, as there are delicious dishes to try on the menu without any animal products.

51 – End the day with a sunset cruise

sunset cruises in Port Douglas

Port Douglas has many great sunset spots and watching the sun go down aboard a boat is one of the best. You can book a yacht cruise from Port Douglas or even paddle along the Daintree River.

Check out the different types of sunset cruises, from fancy dinner affairs to sailing on a replica Chinese junk boat!

Either way, you’ll get to see a lot of wildlife, as herons and crocodiles are often active at sunset.

52 – Unwind at the Port Douglas Yacht Club

Port Douglas Yacht Club, Australia

One of the best places to go out in the town, the Port Douglas Yacht Club has a restaurant on-site and live music most nights of the week. It serves up lunch and dinner every day, with a focus on fresh local seafood.

The restaurant sits right on the waters of the Dickson Inlet, with views of reefs and mangroves from your dinner table. On Wednesdays, the staff volunteer to take customers out for a yacht ride from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. so you can go for a cruise before sitting down for dinner!

53 – Have dinner and a show at Flames of the Forest

Flames of the Forest, Port Douglas
credit to Flames of the Forest

Flames of the Forest is an outdoor restaurant that also puts on entertainment for the diners, including live music and flame-throwing shows. There’s also the opportunity to learn about the local aboriginal culture, as there’s a storytelling and didgeridoo performance.

Enjoy a menu complete with mostly tropical dishes, and aboriginal traditional foods fused with other Australian dishes, while under the stars in the middle of the rainforest.

Just make sure to plan accordingly as the season opens in April.

54 – Catch a show at Clink Theatre

Clink Theatre, Port Douglas

Twenty years ago, a small group of locals decided they wanted a place to be able to put on shows in Port Douglas and so they found the building that later became the Clink Theatre.

Home to the Douglas Theatre Arts Group, the theater can host some 120 guests and is the best place in the area to see some local plays!

From musicals, dance performances, and theatrical productions, make sure to book tickets through their website or in person.

How to get to Port Douglas?

Make sure to make pre-arrangements for your transportation before landing at Cairns Airport (the closest airport to Port Douglas) by looking into airport transfers.

An airport transfer will wait for you a little before your plane lands, at arrivals, ready to take you (and your group if you’re traveling with one) to your hotel, no matter where it may be.

Where to stay in Port Douglas?

Admire the gardens from your apartment rental when you stay at Villa San Michele, located in the heart of Port Douglas, on Macrossan Street. Whether you want to refresh yourself in one of the pools in the apartments, or you want to walk 5 minutes to the beach, you’re options are truly blissful.

Stay near the best restaurants and the beach when you book your stay at Regal Port Douglas. Enjoy the relaxing beach town vibes, in the middle of the action, close to the bars and cute boutiques. Each room comes with a balcony with wonderful views and in some cases even a hot tub to fully relax in.

Silkari Lagoons Port Douglas is a wonderful budget hotel that offers great proximity to Four Mile Beach, as well as air-conditioned rooms, great wifi, and in many apartments, access to a balcony and a kitchenette, making this a perfect stay for group travel.

Where to go next?

Once you explored all there is to see and do in Port Douglas, don’t leave the country without exploring the other best places to visit in Australia.

From the most popular cities like Sydney and Melbourne, and north to Brisbane, all the way west to Perth, the most isolated city in Australia, and of course, Darwin, to explore incredible Aboriginal culture and traditions.

From exploring the depths of the Great Barrier Reef to hopping on a panoramic natural journey on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, and splashing around at the Esplanade Lagoon, Cairns is the fusion of adventure and nature coming into one for all to enjoy, only 1 hour away from Port Douglas.

For a quiet tropical getaway, consider a detour to Palm Cove, just a short drive south of Port Douglas. Its pristine beaches, relaxed atmosphere and luxurious beach resorts make it the perfect destination for your Australian adventure.

Are you a fan of waterfalls and hiking? A dip in the Atherton Tablelands is a must-stop for you as is a visit to the Pyramid at Wooroonooran National Park! Seeking art? Make your way to Cairns Art Gallery.

Look to Hervey Bay for a unique blend of nature and relaxation. Considered the gateway to Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island, Hervey Bay has more than just pristine beaches. Here you can get up close to humpback whales, stroll along the historic Urangan Jetty and enjoy the city’s vibrant dining scene.

Final thoughts

Whether you’re a local market go-er, a natural explorer, an animal lover, or a foodie aficionado, a trip to Port Douglas is bound to meet all your needs, and exceed any expectations you have.

From Mowbray National Park to a variety of cultural experiences, we hope that our list of things to do in Port Douglas has your wheels turning!

Happy travels!