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Port Douglas has been an attractive vacation destination known throughout the world. It is just about an hour’s drive departing from Cairns by taking a coastal road. The journey would let you pass through a peaceful forest and also has magnificent views of the Coral Sea. The weather here is extremely perfect for a vacation where balmy days would dissolve into tropical nights yielding velvet starry skies that will make you gawk in admiration.
Port Douglas is likewise the sole place in the world where you will find two World Heritage Sites in just one destination that have been named as jewels of the Earth namely the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest. This destination spot is exactly the place that will give you peace of mind, tranquil experience and relaxing atmosphere be it in the waters of the Coral Sea, by the crystal creeks of Mossman Gorge or by the palm-enveloped golden shores or Port Douglas’ Four Mile Beach.
This place was founded during the 1870s after a nearby gold discovery. Because of such, many people chose to stay and make Port Douglas their residential area but then, it depleted during the establishment of the Scenic Railway from Kuranda during the 1890s. A cyclone also devastated the area during the early 1900s but was then re-discovered during the late 1900s when Christopher Skase established the world class Sheraton Mirage and Reef Marina in the area.
Being a World Heritage, the Daintree Rainforest is the world’s oldest living rainforest and is best explored during the evening. You can enjoy ziplining here or climb your way up to the canopy and see the magnificent views of this pristine forest. You may also explore the premises through a 4WD tour where you will be amazed at the secret swimming holes and tranquil beaches that are the perfect places to relax and unwind.
Great Barrier Reef, Australia from 350.org
The Coral Sea, which is home to another World Heritage called The Great Barrier Reef is just heaven to all those diving enthusiasts out there. It is where snorkelers and divers find the most colorful fishes and healthy coral reefs that are just picture perfect! You will likewise get an awesome view from the top of a Stand Up Paddleboard and have thrilling fun for a game fishing expedition. But, the most exciting and most worthy activity that you can enjoy in this area is by scuba diving. It is the ultimate marine experience! You can come aboard a speed boat on your way to Low Isles and go snorkeling with the turtles and witness firsthand the marine species in different colors swim beneath and through you. It is most definitely a heavenly sight.
Here at Port Douglas are also some of the world’s best regarded cafes and restaurants, over sixty of them spread across the area. You can either pick the ones that are along hidden beach fronts, those that are situated within the rainforest, or those that are visited by the tourists that come here. Some of these restaurants are award-winning and stylish in their own designs situated along the Macrossan, Wharf and Grant Street dining areas. Those located in the rainforests offer cuisines from quality produce such as fresh seafoods, modern Australian, Mediterranean or Asian dishes fit for all the tourists that love to come visit here.