Each Sunday morning there is a Market held in the Anzac park on the Inlet. This is at the North end of Port's main street. You can't miss it, follow the crowd:)
At the markets you can buy everything from fruit and veg to fashion. There are numerous things you can buy to take home for gifts.
One thing I do enjoy is having a neck and shoulder massage. The Chines massage is in the centre walk way of the market. It's about $10 for 15 minutes....great to relax you so you can continue searching for that special gift.
There are a number tours you can do for these areas.
Along the main street of Port Douglas there are outlets that will book tours for you. There is also the Information Centre.
Before you decide to do a tour, think of the cost and then check out the car hire places. It might be less expensive to hire a car and do it yourself at your leisure.
I will be adding more info to my Mossman page and also Cape Trib page.
If you hire a car you can go as far as Capre Trib, then after this you need a 4x4.
Please don't go any further as it is dangerous and not worth the insurance bill.
This is a fun thing to do. You are pulled along by a speed boat ( at a reasonalbe speed) while are attached to a parachute, you are safely secured in a harness.You leave from the Marina in Port and around off the 4 Mile Beach. You have a birds eye view of the wonderful beach/hills and port.
You can have the choice of being dunked in the water.
This is something that I have wanted to do for years and this visit I finally did it.
You do the flight at the Rex Lookout which is on the Highway between Cairns and Port Douglas. Approx 15 minutes from Port.
I went with a guy named Greg. He made me feel very safe and has been flying for 20 odd years.
If you plan to do this you should be aware that it can take a few hours. The wind conditions have to be right.
Take a bottle of water and fruit, just in case you have to hang around for awhile waiting for the flight.
It's a fantastic thing to do.
The delightful church of St Mary's by the Sea, is situated on the foreshore of Port Douglas.
The beatiful wooden church was previously sited on a hillside nearby, but was dismantled, restored, and rebuilt on its present site in 1989.
Don't know if the beach is actually four miles long, but it stretches for a long way out of Port Douglas.
The beach is a mecca for families as well as a place for beach carnivals.
The sand here is superb, as is the atmosphere
As not a very confident swimmer it took a lot of courage for me to go snorkelling but I was so glad I did as I absolutely loved it, was on a high the rest of the day and I have to say it was one of the highlights of my trip. Chris went diving and took some underwater pics and really enjoyed it.
I used a snorkel before in a swimming pool and my biggest problem was always getting water in my mouth, well at the Great Barrier Reef there was one difference. The water was salty and it tasted awful.
But equipped with a scuba mask, a snorkel and fins, you can take on the world, ok at least the Great Barrier Reef. We were at the outer Reef and we could use a floating pontoon as a base to go back to. The snorkel areas where marked by ropes.
The underwater world is so diverse and beautiful that you forget time and distance. A slowly moving current is taking you away from the pontoon and before you know it, you are one hour further and at the edge of the snorkel area.
It's difficult to describe the colours and the fish you see there, but it was one of the highlights of my Australia trip.
To get to the real heart of the rainforest you need to go further north from Port Douglas the Mossman Gorge isreally close. Most of the national parks in Australia are free to visit.
Reef trip 2. Haba from Port Douglas $130 snorkellers, $190 2 dives. Probably the best trip although a little more expensive. Very informative with a guided snorkle and pictures and information. good gear. 2 sites on reef.
Accomodation in Port Douglas is a little more expensive we satyed in the Coconut grove motel ($85) triple room and then dougies youth hostel ($60 double, $21 dorm. Even cheaper is the caravan park next to the youth hostel ($61 for a fixed van which could sleep 5!)
A good place to eat is mango Jams
The picture is the view just before you get to Port Douglas looking towards Cairns. You can go tandem paragliding from this site for $150.
The second picture is the rainforest
When you are on the 4 mile beach there is a hire place that you can hire Catamarans and canoes to have a play on the water.
They also have umbrellas, lounges, spades and buckets for the little ones.
Port Douglas has the Clink Theare. I have not been lucky enough to be in Port when they have had plays on.
Check out the local paper or walk around to the theatre and check out the notice board.
Having a picnic on the seafront at Port Douglas, we were befriended by this small bird.
Could it have just been cupbord love?
Even in the town the seafront is still nice, with a narrow beach, fringed and shaded by palm trees in a truly tropical setting.
Drive to the top of Fagstaff Hill, high above the town, for superb views of Port Douglas and four mile beach stretching out before you.