1. The Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is the largest natural feature on earth. It stretches for more than 2,300 kilometres and boasts more than 2,900 reefs with 400 types of coral and 1,500 species of fish. Explore this incredible phenomenon by diving or snorkelling in the glassy waters. If you prefer to stay dry, though, many tour operators offer a semi-submersible or an underwater observatory to enjoy the view.
Fast Fact: The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park covers an area of 348,000 square kilometres, which is larger than the total area of the state of Victoria.
2. The Daintree Rainforest
Home to more than 3,000 plant species, the Daintree Rainforest is a pristine environment popular with fishermen, hikers and four-wheel-drivers. Crocodile-spotting is also fun, while Cape Tribulation, located 34 kilometres north of Daintree Village, is well worth a visit. Jungle-surfing is an exciting way to explore the rainforest’s tropical beauty; speed through the rainforest canopy on a zipline.
Fast Fact: The Daintree Rainforest is over 135 million years old.
3. Sunday Markets
Established almost 20 years ago, the Sunday Markets are held every Sunday from 8am to 1.30pm in Anzac Park. Bordered by Dickson Inlet and positioned next to St Mary’s Chapel by the Sea, the markets provide local goods including food, fresh tropical fruit, exotic flowers, arts and crafts, pottery, glassware, jewellery, and unique Australian souvenirs.
4. Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures
Explore the fascinating habitats of the saltwater crocodile at Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures. This family-friendly attraction features crocodile feeding, cassowaries, snake handling, koala feeding, wetland boat rides and wildlife presentations.
5. Flagstaff Hill Lookout
As the highest point in Port Douglas, Flagstaff Hill offers incredible views of the city and Four Mile Beach.
6. Mossman Gorge
The laid-back town of Mossman is best known for Mossman Gorge, where the Mossman River tumbles over huge granite boulders, creating freshwater swimming holes. There’s also a number of fantastic bush walks, which are perfect for discovering the gorge’s natural life.
Fast Fact: Mossman Gorge is home to the Kuku Yalanji people, the traditional owners of the area.