PORT DOUGLAS, QLD
FEELING THE NEED FOR SOME SUN IN THE WINTER MONTHS? ALICIA RAITI KNOWS JUST THE PLACE FOR YOU
Think you have to leave Australia to find some warm weather midyear? Well, think again! Port Douglas, a one-hour drive from Cairns, is your place for a taste of that beautiful tropical weather – year round. Stepping off the plane on an August morning and feeling that tropical heat could not have been more welcome. Long summer-like days were filled with adventure and relaxation, and easily turned into lazy nights sipping cocktails. The reef and rainforest surroundings make this place a must-visit!
Heading out in a luxe lagoon yacht is the most relaxing and photogenic way to explore the reef. On Tropical Journeys’ Aquarius yacht (Tropical journeys.com), I had tons of room to lie about and enjoy the sun. Once we hit the outer reef we were able to snorkel straight off the back of the boat. It was spectacular – full of Nemos, giant clams and bright coral.
On my second day I headed off on a Jungle Surfing Canopy Tour (Junglesurfing.com.au) through the Daintree Rainforest with superfriendly tour guide Geoff – perfect if you’re after a bit of adventure. It’s the best way to get up close and personal with this incredible rainforest and Cape Tribulation, a prime photo spot where the rainforest meets the reef. Once we hit the heart of the Daintree we were met with platforms, ziplines and the world’s first Human Hamster Wheel cable lift.
Not one to shy away from a thrill, I ended the day with a Daintree river cruise where we cruised right up to crocodiles – a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, but a scary one at that.