Do you only have time for a quick weekend away in PORT DOUGLAS and want to know what NOT to miss while here? Have a read of what we got up to while we were in the area….
Check-in to the Big 4 Glengarry Holiday Park, situated approximately 7km from the town centre and a beautiful spot to relax and enjoy a family friendly atmosphere. A five slide water park, a jumping pillow and playground to keep the kids entertained and a heated salt water pool for the adults to enjoy while cooking up a feast in the BBQ area.
Once we were all set up at our accommodation, we drove into the town centre to check out what Port Douglas had to offer. There are plenty of café’s and pubs to grab a bite to eat, take a walk along Four Mile Beach and stop in at the Surf Life Saving Club along the Esplanade for a refreshment as the kids burn off some energy in their playground.
Drive or walk up to the Flagstaff Hill Lookout where you can view Four Mile Beach in all it’s beautiful glory and don’t forget to stop by the Marina on your way home.
Today is all about discovering The Daintree Rainforest, the oldest rainforest in the world at approximately 150 million years old. Within a 30-minute drive from your Big 4 accommodation, you will find the Daintree River Ferry. No bookings required and $26 return per vehicle (4WD not necessary), it only takes a few minutes to get across to the rainforest.
Once across, we drove to the Discovery Centre to experience the Aerial Walkway and 23m high Canopy Tower which is a fantastic way to view the beauty of the rainforest. For $35 per adult and $16 per child (5-17 years), your admission also includes a self-guided audio tour which is very kid friendly and provides an informative way to explore the environment at your own pace. Highly recommended!
By this stage, it was time for lunch so we drove on to Cape Tribulation, where rainforest meets the reef. On the way back from Cape Tribulation, visit the ice creamery for an afternoon treat and stop by Mount Alexandra Lookout for a stunning view of the Daintree River Mouth. If you have some more time to spend here, you may also consider jumping aboard a Croc cruise which takes you along the Daintree River.
The Daintree Rainforest has everything to offer for the wilderness lover; plenty of hiking tracks, golden beaches, camping sites, swimming holes, jungle surfing and lots of wildlife to spot along the way – a croc, a python or maybe even a Cassowary roaming around.
Today was check-out day but that didn’t stop up from visiting Mossman Gorge so we hooked up and drove an easy 20-minutes to the Gorge Centre. You will find that there is a large section dedicated for RV Parking.
From the Gorge Centre, you can catch the shuttle bus return for $9.50 per adult or $4.50 per child (5-15 years), which takes you right into the heart of the Gorge.
This magical rainforest is something not to be missed. The boardwalk leads to a beautiful gorge with crystal clear water, a swinging suspension bridge and a 2.8km circuit where you can revel in untouched beauty.
Port Douglas truly is a magnificent destination that delivers reef and rainforest.
Eat, Explore and Enjoy!