Port Douglas is a popular gateway to the Atherton Tablelands via Rex Range Road (Mossman/Mount Molloy Road) just north of Port Douglas travelling through the towns of Mt Molloy and Julatten.
Port Douglas and the Daintree, where two World Heritage-listed wonders collide.
A change overcomes you when you turn off the highway. It’s the loosening of shoulders, deeper breathing, and appreciation of nature in its technicolour beauty. Welcome to your launchpad to the Great Barrier Reef; the entryway to the Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation. Where you can swim in Mossman Gorge, spot wild Daintree River crocodiles, or snorkel Low Isles and the outer reef.
The region stretches from the coastal areas of Wangetti to Bloomfield and includes the townships of Port Douglas, Mossman, Daintree Village and Cape Tribulation.
Great Barrier Reef Drive – The 140 klm journey from Cairns to Cape Tribulation
The Great Barrier Reef Drive takes you from the city to the jungle and shows you two World Heritage Areas, spectacular views over the Coral Sea, remote beaches that you often have all to yourself, villages like Port Douglas and Mossman, you can enjoy a refreshing swim and learn about Aboriginal culture in Mossman Gorge, spot crocodiles, cross the old fashioned cable ferry on the Daintree river, immerse yourself in the oldest rainforest in the world, meet a cassowary and finally reach your end destination at the small rainforest settlement of Cape Tribulation where you can take a rest and explore for a few days before heading back.
Soak up the sunshine on Four Mile Beach, stroll Macrossan Street among the village shops, galleries, and the seaside Port Douglas Sunday market. Explore on your beach cruiser, take a sunset sail, visit a rainforest wildlife centre, relax with sundowners while watching the sunset or taste the tropics at one of the many fine restaurants.
Tree-clad mountains rise sharpley from the riverbanks of the Mossman Gorge and set the scene at the spectacular entrance to Daintree National Park.
Perched high on the banks of the Daintree River and surrounded by the majestic Daintree National Park, you’ll find the quaint Daintree Village. The Daintree Rainforest a breathtaking natural marvel estimated to be around 135 million years old. It is the only place in the world where two World Heritage listed sites meet – the rainforest and the reef.
Cross the Daintree River and enter a world untouched by urban development, noise and air polution. Disconnect from the bustle, breathe in the purity and explore your natural surroundings. Swith through the jungle canopy, ride through rainforest tracks, explore the rugged terrain by 4WD and more.
More information: www.visitportdouglasdaintree.com