Many visitors select Port Douglas as their number one holiday destination for a number of reasons. Our warm tropical weather, the laid back character of the town, great restaurants and uncrowded beach makes this North Queensland town a very special destination.
Other reasons why Port Douglas is chosen above other holiday destinations is:
1. The Great Barrier Reef
2. The Daintree Rainforest
With these two destinations at our doorstep and both being world heritage listed and adjacent to one another, it makes it the only place in the world where two world heritage areas meet and the two most popular attractions.
The Great Barrier Reef
Enjoy the unforgettable experience on The Great Barrier Reef featuring the largest coral reef system in the world. Visitors can enjoy a trip to The Great Barrier Reef daily from Port Douglas and a number of boats are available to suit every requirement.
One of the most unforgettable experiences has to be swimming alongside Dwarf Minke Whales.
Port Douglas boasts three companies that hold special permits to allow guests into the water to swim alongside these inimitable creatures.
There are strict guidelines which the tour operators must adhere by when nearing the Dwarf Minke Whales . The boat must cut its engine and guests (normally in groups of ten) are allowed to jump in the water holding onto a floating line that is cast from the boat.
Dwarf Minke Whales are naturally inquisitive and tend to swim close to proximity of the snorkellers and are totally non threatening. The encounter is an unforgettable experience and can last for over an hour before they decide to move on.
Although sighting of the Dwarf Minke Whales are never guaranteed, the best months to encounter the inquisitive Dwarf Minke Whales are during our winter months and at the moment we are having one of the best season for sighting them.
As the weather begins to warm in our water again, another opportunity arises, to view the magestic Humpback Whales as they frolic in the our waters, breaching and slapping their pectoral fin and tail. The Humpbacks have already made their presence in our waters and are appearing on a regular basis.
The Daintree Rainforest
The Daintree Rainforest is showing off……..Although wildlife spotting is never guaranteed the Daintree Rainforest is coming alive this season.
During our winter months, wildlife spotting can be at its best, with regular sightings of cassowaries, saltwater crocodiles, lace monitors, birds, boyd’s forest dragons, musky rat kangaroos, platypus and the ever elusive bennett’s tree kangaroo, to name a few.
The temperature in the Rainforest is normally slightly cooler than in Port Douglas, this is due to the protective canopy layer of tall trees. Some varieties are flowering an fruiting prolifically at present which in turn is providing food for the birds, mammals and other wildlife of the rainforest. Two beautiful varieties this winter have been, The Cauliflory Fig and the Satin Ash.
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For the perfect break, enjoy The Great Barrier Reef and book a Daintree Rainforest Day Tour and together with a couple of added days of relaxation in Port Douglas to soak up the great weather and atmosphere, it should make your Port Douglas holiday complete.