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A great day with Billy Tea Safaris to Daintree Cape Tribulation 4WD Bloomfield Track Day Tour.
Posted: 30 Dec 2016
Buff-breasted Paradise Kingfisher on hand This is an old photo - this morning it was lovely to hear the first call of a Buff-breasted Paradise Kingfisher. They're arriving a little later than normal as they usually migrate from New Guinea around October, for their breeding season. This one had flown into a window (we get some of our best photo-ops of slightly-stunned birds!) and Peter was able to pick her up and put her on the verandah rail till she recovered and flew off.
Posted: 20 Dec 2016
Dates have been announced for the annual Port Douglas Carnivale from 26th - 28th May 2017. Showcasing the best of Tropical North Queensland from local food and wines to talented musicians and friendly, family fun, Port Douglas Carnivale is one of Australia's most exciting and diverse events.
Posted: 20 Dec 2016
Part of what makes Port Douglas and the Daintree so unique are the interesting creatures that call Tropical North Queensland 'home'. From wild crocs to croc feeding, kangaroos, and of course the ancient and elusive cassowary, here is your guide to finding them. The Great Barrier Reef What to spot: turtles, manta rays, tropical fish, dolphins and whales One of the primary places to spot beautiful creatures is of course under the sea! Take a day trip out to the Great Barrier Reef, grab some fins and a snorkel, stick your head under the water and be prepared to be astounded by the variety of life see. While Africa has ‘The Big 5’, the Great Barrier Reef boasts ‘The Great 8’. The eight iconic residents of this magnificent underwater ecosystem include manta rays, clown fish (aka ‘Nemo’), reef sharks, turtles, the Maori wrasse, potato cods, giant clams and humpback whales. You’re pretty likely to spot one of these striking creatures on a trip out to the reef so have your underwater camera ready! Wildlife Habitat What to spot: all kinds of native Australian animals from the local area If you’re looking to get up close and personal with native Australian wildlife, make a beeline for Wildlife Habitat in Port Douglas. I’ve visited the habitat a few times now and since I go weak at the knees at the sight of cute and cuddly marsupials, it’s one of my favourite things to do when in Far North Queensland. Entirely independently funded, the Wildlife Habitat is committed to the conservation of wildlife and provides a quality ecotourism experience. Unlike many other parks, the Wildlife Habitat provides a fully immersive wildlife experience for visitors. The various habitats are open and interactive, allowing guests and wildlife to mingle in a spacious natural setting. You literally walk right through the animals’ habitats on a series of elevated boardwalks while they go about their business and roam freely. Pick up some kangaroo feed from the entry and stop to feed the roos and wallabies – they’ll come right up and nibble from your hand! The Daintree River What to spot: saltwater crocodiles, frogs, snakes, bats and birds Along the beaches and estuaries in Far North Queensland, you might seen the big, yellow ‘WARNING’ signs about crocodiles inhabiting the area. Trust me, they’re there for a reason. This area is home to ‘salties’ – large and fearsome predators that inhabit tidal rivers, saltwater creeks and even the shallow beaches. While attacks are rare, they do happen and most likely occur as a result of carelessness around the water’s edge. While you certainly don’t want a nasty surprise by one of these beasts, they are marvellous, prehistoric creatures that are fascinating to observe from a safe distance. One of the best places to see them is on the Daintree River where a number of operators run croc-spotting wildlife cruises. I’d highly recommend heading out on a one-hour cruise with the eco-friendly Solar Whisper. The quiet and clean electric boat allows you to get up close to the wildlife without disturbing it or polluting the river. There’s a 99% success rate of spotting crocodiles (if you don’t spot one, you can come again for free), as well as a range of other wildlife including snakes, frogs, fish and bats. Within only a couple of minutes of boarding the boat, we spotted this 2.5 metre crocodile known as ‘Gump’ swimming alongside the bank. Daintree Rainforest What to spot: southern cassowary, frogs, flying foxes, birds, lizards and snakes The World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest is one of the only places in the world where the rainforest meets the reef but it is its antiquity that really sets it apart. It’s the oldest tropical rainforest on earth and is thought to be between 110 – 200 million years old. To put that into perspective, the Amazon Rainforest is only about seven million years old. It’s a complex ecosystem and a place of striking biodiversity; it boasts the highest variety of plants and animals found in any tropical rainforest on the planet. It’s also home to some of Australia’s most beautiful wildlife including the endangered southern cassowary, ulysses butterflies, tree kangaroos, white-lipped tree frogs, Boyd’s forest dragons and much more. The best way to learn about the rainforest, its history and the creatures that live in it is at the Daintree Discovery Centre, located 10km north of the Daintree River. The centre has an advanced ecotourism accreditation with every structure having been built off the ground to allow for minimal environmental impact. Grab an audio guide (try the indigenous interpretive commentary) and make your way across the spectacular 11m-high aerial walkway towards the canopy tower that reaches 23m high. From up here, you’ll be able to spot all kinds of wildlife that you wouldn’t otherwise see from down below. Afterwards, explore the rainforest via the elevated boardwalks which allow you to see, smell and experience the rainforest first-hand without disturbing the fragile root systems.
Nautilus Aviation has been operating as a privately owned and operated luxury helicopter charter company since 1993. With bases in Cairns, Townsville, Horn Island,Weipa and Darwin, our fleet is one of the largest and most versatile in Northern Australia. We deliver commercial services, corporate cha...
Apartments at The White House Port Douglas, a delightful example of "Queenslander" architecture, nestles amid tropical gardens enhanced by myriads of colourful butterflies and birds, beautifully positioned opposite a park leading directly onto famous Four Mile Beach. Only 9 large, airy apartments –...
QT Port Douglas is a tropical paradise for the way you are. Want to take it down a few notches? No problem. Want to kick it up? That can be arranged. The QT Port Douglas Resort has got what you want, when you want it. Walk in to our hip Port Douglas accommodation and be welcomed by an inspiring ope...
Lady Douglas can take you searching for crocodiles on an idyllic calm water river cruise through the mangrove wetlands near to Port Douglas. Each cruise includes both an exploration far up Dickson Inlet and a cruise to the inlet entrance. An entertaining commentary covers mangroves, crocodiles an...
About Port Douglas
A Brief History of Port Douglas
Originally established in 1877 as a link to the Hodgkinson gold fields, the port (named "Island Point" and then "Port Owen") quickly grew to accommodate the increasing trade brought by the gold rush. The dray teams and stage coaches that serviced the goldfields made their way from the Port, down the beach (now Four Mile Beach) to the "Four Mile" mark which is now called Craiglee. From there they continued over "The Bump" and then onto the goldfields.
By 1882 the port had been renamed "Port Douglas" and declared a Port of Entry for Dutiable Goods.A courthouse, police barracks ( for 30 troopers ), warehouses and hotels were built and the population rose to over 8000. However the decision to build a railway -providing all weather access - from the goldfields to Cairns saw the trade (and fortunes) go south.
The sugar industry had become firmly established by 1897 and the opening of the Mossman mill saw the focus of any development move from Port Douglas to the town of Mossman.
On August 1st, 1900 the tramline from south Mossman to Port Douglas was opened. The 2ft, narrow gauge tramway was to transport passengers, goods & bagged sugar between Mossman and the wharf at Port Douglas. The original loco -"Faugh a Ballagh" meaning "Clear the Way" in Gaelic carried more than 23,000 passengers over 5,800 miles in it's first year.
The "Faugh a Ballagh" continued to serve the Port until April 1958 when the Mossman mill received permission to transport sugar by road. After the last bag of sugar was unloaded at the wharf that day, the "Faugh a Ballagh" was returned to the Mossman depot and retired.
Today the restored Locomotive is on display by the Marina Mirage.
Picturesque Port Douglas has become an international holiday mecca with classy five star to budget accommodation, shops, galleries, and enticing restaurants. In this sophisticated yet laid back tropical paradise you can play golf, shop in world class specialty shops and dine in exquisite tropical ambience. Or simply relax on beautiful Four Mile Beach.
With a permanent population of about 3500, this laid-back town comes to life in the winter months as visitors from around Australia and the world come to enjoy the mild winter weather and all Port Douglas has to offer. With the Great Barrier Reef on the doorstep, and the Daintree Rainforest in the backyard, you will be inspired by the amazing array of nature and wildlife. The tropics are a feast for the senses; the sights, sounds and tastes; you will never want to leave!
Cruise, dive and fishing boats depart daily for reefs, islands and cays, while day tours and safaris cover the coastal and inland regions. There's a unique rainforest habitat where you can experience life in a tropical forest at birdseye level, observing native wildlife from treetop walkways. Australian wildlife is as diverse as the landscape and Tropical North Queensland is home to many of Australia's unique species. Nature lovers are spoilt for choice in the Wet Tropics, with rainforest walking tracks, refreshing waterfalls and hidden creeks.
The Great Barrier Reef is just 13 kilometres (8 miles) off-shore, affording excellent access. The north's first Outer Barrier Reef cruises from Port Douglas in the early 1980's hastened the rebirth of the sleepy village of Port Douglas. Sharing the same tropical latitude as Tahiti, Port Douglas attracts visitors for its superb climate, enticing resorts, wide tree-shaded streets, international cuisine and accessibility to world class attractions.
As well as the Great Barrier Reef & Daintree Rainforest, Port Douglas is ideally located for day trips to Cape Tribulation, Mareeba and the Atherton Tablelands. Some of the most enticing resorts in the world are to be found around this seaside village and its lush coastal hinterland. At nearby Mossman Gorge you'll discover rainforest walking tracks and refreshing swimming holes. North, between the long sandy beaches and mist-capped mountains, are more well-concealed resorts, lodges and hostels, also sugar, fruit, tea and coffee plantations, a rainforest theatre, walking tracks and mangrove boardwalks.
Holiday accommodation in Port Douglas is available to meet all expectations and budgets: Including luxury resorts, rainforest retreats, self-contained family apartments, campgrounds, backpacker hostels and budget accommodation.
Offering the ultimate selection of Tropical North Queensland day trips, Port Douglas is an ideal base for Scuba diving, snorkelling or fishing on the Great Barrier Reef, exploring the Daintree Rainforest and River, or sailing away over the Coral Sea.
Port Douglas time is G.M.T + 10 hrs. (There is no daylight savings in Queensland).
Port Douglas Location
Port Douglas Location · Latitude 16'29' S - Longitude 145'47' E
Situated approximately 1 hour drive north of the Cairns International Airport, in Tropical North Queensland.