Cruises to Port Douglas
With an abundance of exclusive resorts sitting on the edge of a vast wilderness, this is where you can enjoy a unique, evocative blend of wild adventure and pure luxury.
For much of its history, Port Douglas was just a small coastal township. Towards the end of the 19th century it served as a trading centre and port for local gold mines, but its importance was soon surrendered to Cairns and Cooktown. In the 1970’s backpackers and adventure travellers “discovered” the town and enjoyed soaking up its frontier atmosphere. After the backpackers and adventure travellers, the entrepreneurs arrived and gradually developed Port Douglas, building exclusive resorts. While it’s still very laid-back, there is a definite air of sophistication in Port Douglas today. For travellers, Port Douglas is the perfect bridge between the world’s largest living structure, the Great Barrier Reef, and the ecologically rich Wet Tropics Area – both World Heritage Listed. It is one of the most pristine pockets of nature anywhere on the planet.
At A Glance
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Port Douglas Shore Tours
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What To See
Take a look around town
You are really spoilt for choice in Port Douglas. The town itself is a delight to stroll through. Perhaps indulge in a little retail therapy on and around Macrossan St and The Reef Marina.
Visit the Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef has grown over thousands of years. It is a living organism, and home to a myriad of marine species. Enjoy swimming, diving or snorkelling around the reef. There are an abundance of tours departing from Port Douglas every day.
Take a trip up north
Our "Northern Delights" tour is just one of many tours we offer to the beautiful Daintree region. Discover Mossman Gorge on a guided walk, enjoy a one-hour cruise on the mighty Daintree River and visit historic Daintree Village.
Your ship will anchor offshore and a regular tender service will operate to The Reef Marina Port Douglas.
A taxi stand is located outside The Reef Marina entrance. The town centre is within short walking distance. Shuttle buses frequently depart the marina to Macrossan Street, etc (own expense).
Port Douglas has to be one of the best culinary centres anywhere in North Queensland. Seafood and Aussie bush tucker are available, however, specialty cuisines from around the world can also be enjoyed here. Most restaurants and cafes are clustered on and around Macrossan Street and Wharf Street.
Quarantine authorities do not generally allow food such as fruit and vegetables, dairy and meat products and sandwiches to be taken off the ship however commercially packaged confectionery, chips and bottled drinking water are allowed subject to inspection.
Port Douglas is a resort holiday shopping mecca. You’ll find the latest designer and leisure fashions, jewellery, traditional and contemporary arts and crafts, souvenirs – just about anything you may want.
In summer it can be particularly hot and humid; however, occasional rain showers and sea breezes provide welcome relief. Make sure you stay hydrated and sheltered from the sun.
Major credit cards and charge cards are widely accepted. Automatic teller machines can provide currency to foreign card holders.
Public telephones and internet cafe’s are available in the town’s centre. WiFi is available at many cafes and restaurants. Mobile coverage is generally available.
WHAT TO WEAR ASHORE
To make your day ashore as enjoyable as possible, please wear comfortable flat soled shoes, lightweight clothing and a hat. You are also advised to bring sunscreen, insect repellent, an umbrella or waterproof jacket and bottled water. Don’t forget your swimming gear! Snorkelling equipment is available for hire or purchase onboard the ship.
There are a range of tours available for you to really get the most out of your time in Port Douglas. Tours can be booked onboard at the shore tours desk and are subject to availability. Guests are required to meet at a specific location for each shore tour departure. Please refer to your tour ticket for the correct time and place.
Coral is an extremely precious marine organism. In an effort to preserve its natural beauty and habitat please avoid touching it in all circumstances. Just as with other Australian beaches, marine stingers can visit occasionally in the summer months. During your time ashore we ask that you dispose of your rubbish thoughtfully.