With the peak tourist season upon us, Port Douglas is prepared for the blitz of visitors.
Some visitors in the area will be on a budget and besides the two ‘must do’ activities in the region, being a visit to the oldest living rainforest in the world – The Daintree Rainforest and a visit to the Great Barrier Reef, they will be looking for a few ‘free’ things to occupy themselves and family while here in holidays.
As locals in the area with over 20 years experience, we’ve gathered a few of the genuine free of charge activities for you and your family to enjoy.
These are in no particular order:
Sunday Market – From 8am every Sunday morning at Market Park, near Anzac Park – browse the many stalls that offer fresh produce and locally made arts and crafts, jewellery and clothing.
Picnic at Rex Meal Park – in the afternoon and watch the boats come back from the Reef. The park is located next to Anzac Park near the Police Station, a children’s play area is also available.
Walk Four Mile Beach – It is not exactly four miles long but close. On a windy day head towards the south of Four Mile Beach where you can spend some time under the shade of the coconut trees and watch the kite surfers put on a wonderful and colourful display.
Take a walk to Flagstaff Hill Lookout – for panoramic views of the coastline and out to the Coral Sea
Visit the Sunset Markets – every Wednesday from 2 to 7pm at the Port Douglas Marina, browse the stalls, listen to some local buskers and you can follow on with
Sailing at the Yacht Club – on Wednesday afternoon. Previously known as WAGS (Wednesday afternoon gentlemen sailing), now also known as WAGLS (Wednesday afternoon Gentlemen and Ladies Sailing) minimum age for participants is 18. This is a free sail. Arrive at The Yacht Club by 4.00pm sign in and a skipper will personally ask you to join their team on their private yacht for a sail.
Take a historic walk around Port Douglas – Start at The Old Court House located near the Police Station where you can obtain information about some of the historic landmarks.
Take a walk into town via Mowbray Street and see the Flying Fox colony – Bring your camera. The evening fly-out is a spectacular sight, especially during the breeding season, when the camp size is at its greatest.
Have a car and you’re energetic? – Then take a hike. Literally! Drive yourself to Mowbray, about 5 minutes from the highway and you’ll reach The Bump Track. The track is 6 kilometres long, mainly on a steep incline and a moderate level of fitness is required.
We hope that this will assist the more budget conscious and also visitors who wish to do different activities besides tours. Enjoy your stay in Paradise and if we can be of any assistance in making your stay more enjoyable, feel free to contact us.
Our Tours to the Daintree Rainforest depart daily with the exception of Christmas Day and New Years Day and we look forward to having you on board.