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Port Douglas Family-friendly activities

Our most recommended Port Douglas Family-friendly activities

Cairns: Best of the Kuranda Rainforest Full-Day Tour & Lunch

1. Cairns: Best of the Kuranda Rainforest Full-Day Tour & Lunch

Discover some of the finest scenery and fascinating culture of the Kuranda Rainforest on a guided tour. Visit the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, a Koala and Wildlife Park, and learn about about Aboriginal culture at the Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience. Start your immersion into the culture and nature of the Kuranda Rainforest with a ride aboard the Kuranda Scenic Railway. Wind through the mountains and rainforest to the village of Kuranda.  Upon arrival, experience Australia's largest butterfly aviary at the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary with 1,500 tropical butterflies, including the vibrant green Cairns Birdwing. Next, travel by shuttle to the Rainforestation Nature Park for a barbecue buffet lunch.  After lunch, explore the rainforest by 6WD amphibious vehicle as you climb aboard a World War II Army Duck that can drive over land and in water. Search for wildlife as you learn about the plants and trees of the surrounding rainforest. Then, sample some exotic fruits and locally-made ice cream at the Tropical Treats fruit orchard.  Find out more about Aboriginal culture at the Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience and watch spear-throwing demonstrations and traditional dances. Try your hand at throwing a boomerang, and hear all about the didgeridoo. Then, get up close to Australian animals including koalas, dingoes and the endangered Cassowary and Lumholtz's Tree Kangaroo. See typical Australian critters including wombats, crocodiles, lizards and birds. Feed the kangaroos and wallabies by hand. Then, travel back to Cairns on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and ride over the canopy of the pristine rainforest. Transfer back to your accommodation at the end of the tour services.

Port Douglas: Wildlife Habitat Entrance Ticket

2. Port Douglas: Wildlife Habitat Entrance Ticket

The iconic and award-winning Wildlife Habitat is Australia’s leading environmental wildlife experience, provides visitors with a chance to observe a huge range of native animals and plant life up close in a spacious interactive setting. Situated at Port Douglas, Tropical North Queensland, the park is a leader in sustainable eco-tourism. With 5 distinct eco-systems - Woodlands, Wetlands, Rainforest, Nocturnal and Savannah - set over 8 acres of land. The natural habitat locations allow for an open and immersive experience allowing guests and wildlife the freedom and space to interact.  Showcasing over 100 Australian species and over 600 individual animals, take the opportunity to hand-feed kangaroos and wallabies, smile at a crocodile, observe living history with a visit to the cassowaries, or catch a glimpse of the rare Lumholtz’s tree-kangaroo. Walk the plank – the predator plank that is - a balance beam suspended over a billabong of saltwater crocodiles, join a variety of free guided tours throughout the day or visit the presentation and photo hut to learn about Koalas, pythons, crocodiles, and birds. Meet rare and elusive nocturnal animals under a "starry night sky" in the Nocturnal Habitat. Koala photo and holding opportunities are available, along with birds, snakes and baby crocs (all optional extra).  For something completely different, jump on the WildNIGHT Nocturnal Tour. A 2-hour guided evening tour by torchlight of reclusive after dark animals and their escapades. Have the opportunity to see the endangered Mahogany glider, observe scorpions under UV light and keeper feed quolls (minimum and maximum numbers apply).

Port Douglas: Breakfast with the Birds

3. Port Douglas: Breakfast with the Birds

Escape to a wondrous free-flight aviary and have a dining experience like no other. Breakfast among birds and other wildlife at the picturesque new Koala Habitat in Curlew Café, located at the heart of the Wetlands Habitat.  Enjoy comfortable banquet-style seating with up to 10 people on each table and interact with and feed koalas, kangaroos, colorful birds, and more in a relaxed spacious setting. Dine family-style in an exclusive seated area on fresh local produce from the surrounding area and food-rich Atherton Tablelands. Learn more about the diverse wildlife from the passionate gamekeepers and enjoy all the wildlife presentations!

Port Douglas: Low Isles Sail & Snorkel Cruise on the Shaolin

4. Port Douglas: Low Isles Sail & Snorkel Cruise on the Shaolin

Spend the day exploring the Great Barrier Reef on a relaxing cruise from Port Douglas onboard the Shaolin. The unique Chinese Junk boat is a fun way for the family to sail to nearby Low Isles for an easy day of snorkeling and exploring the small island. Shaolin Chinese Junk is a sailing boat you will fall in love with and never want to get. Her unique charm and beauty make her one of the original icons of Port Douglas. There is ample comfortable seating around the table, cushions for relaxing on the front deck, toilets, and a kitchen on board. On arrival at Low Isles, the Shaolin's experienced staff assist you with snorkeling gear and take you on a guided snorkeling tour gliding over the spectacular coral reefs, and spotting reef fish and sea turtles. The shallow waters around the island make a perfect home for a variety of corals, fish, and marine life. The protected waters are also perfect for beginners and those not comfortable swimming in deeper waters. You have time to take a stroll around the beautiful Low Island and admire the historic lighthouse and museum. The island is a popular nesting location for a variety of seabirds, and the surrounding waters are a popular spot to see turtles. Morning tea, buffet lunch, afternoon tea, and a complimentary drink on the way home are all included in your Low Isles day trip on the Shaolin. Kick back on the way home and soak up the scenic views of mountain ranges and coastline while sailing back to Port Douglas.

From Port Douglas: Barramundi Pond Fishing with Lunch

5. From Port Douglas: Barramundi Pond Fishing with Lunch

Lure and Land one of Australia's favourite fish. Hook-A-Barra fishing is dedicated to all things Barramundi! We’re for fishing and fun, guiding and teaching, tasting and tempting. Our Barramundi facility is first class and includes viewing tanks, home to some rare Albino, Speckled (or Panda) and Gold Barramundi, fishing ponds, covered tables and seating. We love Barramundi. Growing them, catching them, selling them and eating them. Our Daintree Barramundi fishing tours include 1-hour of catch and release, land-based fishing, around our earthen ponds. Although it’s called the Barra Pond, there’s a few other species in there too, including some monster Mangrove Jacks. Our fish – they’re big – including quite a few which are up to and over 1 metre and while they’re farm raised, they’re still wild creatures with plenty of fight. When there’s ‘Fish On’ get ready for jumping, popping, kick flips and dorsal smashing. Our Daintree Barramundi fishing tours are fun and informative. Whether you’re 5 or 95, we’ll get you hooked with our friendly crew here to lend a helping hand if needed.

Port Douglas: Hartley’s Adventures & Mossman Gorge Transfer

6. Port Douglas: Hartley’s Adventures & Mossman Gorge Transfer

The Affordable Transfer option for exploring both Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures and the Mossman Gorge on your own itinerary on the same day. You will be collected on a shared shuttle at your accommodation in Port Douglas at 8am or 8.30am and driven to experience Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures At 12.30pm you will be collected and driven to the Mossman Gorge Visitor Centre. From there you can Explore the Mossman Gorge on your own, itinerary until you are collected at either 3.15pm or 5.15pm and driven back to your accommodation in Port Douglas. Attraction Tickets can be purchased at Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures and The Mossman Gorge Visitor Centre for the shuttle bus that will take you into the Mossman Gorge. The Mossman Gorge bus runs on a 15minute loop.

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What people are saying about Port Douglas

An amazing experience. We took our 9 and 7 year old children who absolutely loved it. The guides went out of their way to accommodate the kids. The drift was both exciting and peaceful. Highly recommended

Best tour of our holiday! Bucket list item. The boys were very knowledgeable and we loved every minute!

Fantastic morning, great breakfast, very informative & friendly hosts

A great experience which pushed me out of my Comfort zone

Most amazing tour can’t wait to go back and do it again