From an average summer temperature of 29℃ to a balmy 26℃ in winter, Port Douglas is the perfect holiday destination year round, and not just for lovers of sunshine. Known for its laid back culture, exceptional scenery and colourful local characters, it's no surprise that Port Douglas is a perennial getaway favourite.
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From crystal clear waters and ancient rainforests to award winning accommodation and culinary experiences, Port Douglas has something for everyone looking for a summer vacation. And given it's always summer temperatures in Port Douglas, you can enjoy the sun and sand year round.
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What are the must-see attractions in Port Douglas?
With a magnificent tropical climate and a breath-taking natural beauty, the Port Douglas area is a must for anyone's bucket list.
It's no surprise that a visit to the Great Barrier Reef should be on top of anyone's travel radar. Whether you dive, snorkel or simply view from above in a glass bottom boat, there's more than one way to experience this iconic attraction.
Literally tens of millions of years older than the Amazon and stretching over 1,200 square km, the Daintree Rainforest - just north of Port Douglas - is the world's oldest rainforest and is full of fauna and flora that is literally found nowhere else on the planet. It's no wonder why the iconic David Attenborough declared it to be "the most extraordinary place on earth".
Host to such sites as Cassowary Falls and Mossman Gorge (a 56,000 hectare area within the Daintree where you can swim in clear refreshing waters), The Daintree is truly a bucket list destination. While you're there, you can also head further north to Cape Tribulation for some exceptional scenery, though be sure to follow any signs concerning swimming.
Fancy something cooler? Then head south for an hour to Kuranda, a mountain village that offers a more pleasant change to sea-level temperatures. Kuranda is known for its stunning Scenic Railway, Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and Barron Gorge.
As well as ocean based activities on the reef such as snorkelling, diving and deep sea fishing, tempt yourself with white water rafting, hot air ballooning, sailing, kayaking and horseback riding, all within easy reach of Port Douglas.
If you're staying in town - and we suggest you spend at least some of your daylight hours here - be sure to check out the local produce and incredible seafood at over 50 quality restaurants and cafes. Wander through the galleries or boutiques of Macrossan Street, or look out for turtles and dolphins as you enjoy a stroll along the famous sands of Four Mile Beach.