PORT DOU­GLAS, QLD

FEEL­ING THE NEED FOR SOME SUN IN THE WIN­TER MONTHS? ALI­CIA RAITI KNOWS JUST THE PLACE FOR YOU

Cosmopolitan (Australia) - - Travel -

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.

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