The best things to do in Port Douglas
Soak up the rays on the best beaches
The most famous beach in Port Douglas in Four Mile Beach, thanks to its powdery white sands, crystal-clear waters, shady palms, and the stinger nets that allow you to swim safely year-round.
While on Four Mile Beach, walk the 1.5km Flagstaff Hill trail. With expansive views of the ocean, nearby islands, and rainforest-clad mountains, it’s one of the area’s best vantage points, especially at sunrise.
Another hot spot is the more elusive Oak Beach. While only a 10 minute drive from Port Douglas, the holiday locale feels worlds away in terms of seclusion. The lush vegetation that frames this 1.5km stretch of sand enhances the tranquillity, where you can relax with a book while staring out toward the turquoise waters.
Note: There is no stinger net at Oak Beach, so stay safe and perhaps enjoy this beach for a leisurely stroll instead.
Accessing the Great Barrier Reef from Port Douglas
One of the top things to do in Port Douglas, of course, is to spend time around the water - it’s so close to the Great Barrier Reef, after all!
There are countless ways to experience the reef to suit your interests and energy levels, including dedicated Great Barrier Reef trips.
If you’re visiting for a relaxation-focused stay, a leisurely reef boat tour is a must. Many companies offer glass-bottom boat tours, ensuring you don’t even need to get wet to see the best of the vibrant coral, tropical fish, and marine mammals that call the reef home. Alternatively, you can charter a catamaran or sailboat for a more intimate experience.
For a little more adventure, you can book a snorkelling tour to destinations like Fitzroy Island, a 45 minute ferry away, to explore boating, snorkelling, whale watching, and island adventures.
Agincourt Reef is a day trip that is considered one of the most accessible – and significant – sites on the outer reef, with activities for both qualified scuba divers and new snorkellers. To get underwater without a PADI certification, you can book a semi-submersible or helmet dive tour.
For the fit and the curious, consider a small group kayaking tour. The peace on the water, whether it’s out to Fitzroy Island or paddling the Port Douglas shoreline, is an exceptional way to explore the area.