Port Douglas is a town located on the coast of Northern Queensland, Australia. It was founded in 1877 and originally developed because of the mining industry. However, in more recent times, it has become a much-loved tourist destination due to its favourable climate and beautiful beaches. If you’re thinking about spending some time there then here is our list of the top 10 best Port Douglas day tours and water sports activities.
There are several companies offering fishing charters and some which combine both reef and estuary fishing experiences. Boats are normally equipped with all the tackle and equipment you need and they will set up everything so that you can catch some tasty fish which you can eat that very evening with a nice, crisp glass of white wine.
2. Diving and snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef.
You can spend a day taking reef tours of the Outer Great Barrier Reef and combine that spending up to 4 hours snorkelling and diving. Enjoy the huge variety of colourful and unique sea-creatures that inhabit the water such as clownfish, stingrays, turtles and even the odd shark or whale.
3. Kitesurfing and Stand Up Paddle Boarding.
These are among the most popular water sports in Port Douglas. You are best advised to book with a professional company that can supply you with all the necessary equipment together with the safety equipment that you will need. This is true even if you have your own stand-up paddle board as it is important to have proper safety supervision. Port Douglas water sports are truly memorable fun though.
4. Jet Skiing.
This is one of the more vigorous Port Douglas watersports.. If you feel the need for speed, hire a jet ski from one of the many companies in Port Douglas and head out on the water for a trip to Low isle, Snapper Island or for a sport of turtle watching or taking reef tours. Make sure you have professional supervision, though, as jet skis can be dangerous for the inexperienced.
Port Douglas has some truly fine surfing to offer. So if you want to ride the waves, there are plenty of places where you can hire a surfboard or a kneeboard. But, as with all water sports, safety should be a top priority. Each type of kneeboard is designed for a different type of rider. When selecting a kneeboard, make sure you choose the correct type for your level. Port Douglas has plenty of experienced instructors for hire and even surf schools where you can enrol in a course or take your pick of the top instructors.
6. White Water Rafting.
If you’re still in the mood for some exhilaration, then catch some white water rafting on the Barron River. This is located in the Barron Gorge National Park which is situated about 40 minutes drive from Port Douglas. These are Grade 3 rapids but don’t worry if you have no experience because tuition and guides are available and all the equipment will be supplied. It’s a great day out for the whole family but remember to take a change of clothing with you.
7. Explore the Outer Barrier Reef.
One of the Port Douglas day tours that is truly not to be missed. Book a cruise out to explore the Outer Barrier Reef and view the amazing marine life from an underwater observatory or watch the crew feeding the fish before you enjoy a five-star on board tropical buffet. Helicopter scenic flights can also be arranged for an extra fee.
8. Quad Bike Adventure.
If your “sea legs” are feeling a bit wobbly and you need some time on dry land, then help yourself to an ATV (All Terrain Vehicle) Quad Bike adventure with Blazing Saddles. Located on a working sugar cane farm just outside Port Douglas, you can be picked up from your accommodation and dropped off afterwards. In the interim, you can spend a whole day racing round an 18-acre billabong on 90cc or 250cc bikes while you also do a bit a nature-watching of the local birds, peacocks, amphibians and maybe even a croc or two. They also offer safe, relaxing horse-riding tours through the local rainforest.
9. Grand Kuranda Tour.
Perfect for those who are seeking one of the less energetic but best Port Douglas tours. Book a trip to the Grand Kuranda and enjoy a day in the rainforest, ride the Kuranda Scenic Rail, tuck into a BBQ buffet lunch, observe the wildlife (such as Koala Bears) and meet the Pamagirri Aboriginal Dancers. After that, you can ride on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and visit the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary as well. Kuranda is a gentle, magical day out for the whole family.
10. Sunset Cruises.
After you’ve exhausted yourself with a blood-pumping day of kitesurfing, quad biking or jet skiing, you can relax and unwind with a sunset cruise. Book a place on one of the luxury boats operating out of the marina and soak in the sunset as you sail over the Coral Sea and past the peaks of the Daintree mountains. A perfect end to your perfect day in Port Douglas.