Port Douglas: Where Ancient Rainforest Meets Coral Sea

February 7, 2017

Port Douglas is where the rainforest meets the reef; a relaxed seaside village combining beautiful views with a tropical sophistication. If you are after a honeymoon spot or somewhere to escape to during the biting cold of winter on the other side of the world, there are few places where you’d be better off.

Port Douglas is the only place on Earth where two World Heritage Sites come together: the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest. Port Douglas offers something for everyone to get into, whether you are looking to hike, snorkel, dive or experience a party like no other during the Port Douglas carnival.

The underwater botanical gardens of the reef here are home to some spectacular marine life, which includes some 2800 species of fish, 400 different types of coral, 6 different species of sea turtle and 215 different types of birds – and there are diving options for both experienced and beginner divers.

Moving from the ocean to the shore, the Daintree National Park is the oldest living rainforest on earth and stretches for some 900,000 hectares. This unique forest is home to a range of vegetation which is primarily tropical and also includes open eucalyptus forest, wetlands and mangrove. Daintree National Park is also the precious habitat of a number of must-see threatened species.

For the adventurous, activities on offer here include discovering the rugged terrain via the scenic walking tracks or looking out for the eye-catching colours of the rainforest’s flora and fauna on a guided tour around the lush tropical surroundings. Hidden amongst the trees are a range of pristine freshwater swimming pools where you can truly immerse yourself in the breathtaking surroundings. As this area is of cultural significance to the native Aboriginal people, guided discovery tours that will explain the local customs linked to the region are also recommended.

For some relaxing down-time in the village, soak up the atmosphere by discovering the galleries and historic buildings found in the area, or do a spot of shopping in the quaint shops that line the streets. On a Sunday, Port Douglas has a village market, where you can familiarise yourself with some of the local delicacies. Port Douglas is an amazing place to visit all year round, but for an extra-special trip, try and coincide your holiday with one of its famous events; these include the Port Douglas carnival and sporting events like the coral coast triathlon and Exemplar Clipper Cup.

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