While Port Douglas is a long way from any of Australia’s main cities, it’s well worth the trip. It might take around 22 hours to get there from Brisbane, but along the way you’ll see some of the most spectacular coastlines our country has to offer. And of course the ideal way to make this journey is by caravan or camper van, so you can bring your home with you.
Nestled between the world heritage-listed Daintree National Park and the Great Barrier Reef, Port Douglas hosts some of the most luxurious resorts in the world. Its marina is filled to overflowing with yachts and other sailing vessels and yet in spite of this, there are plenty of places where you can camp out and park the caravan. You can keep as busy as you like with plenty to see and do in the area, or just sling a hammock and bask in the tropical paradise.
Exploring the Daintree
With the Daintree National Park on your doorstep, you can explore Mossman Gorge and take a dip in the crystal clear swimming holes. You can wander among forest that’s thought to be older than the Amazon, keeping an eye out for Boyd’s forest dragon and the beautiful Ulysses butterfly. Marvel at the size of granite boulders that have been sitting on the forest floor for over 200 million years. If you’d like to take a picnic, there are plenty of picnic tables and toilets located throughout the area, as well as walks that can take anywhere from 5 to 45 minutes.
Discover the Beauty of the Reef
Port Douglas is the perfect jumping off point to explore the Great Barrier Reef. Listed as the largest reef in the world, the Great Barrier Reef is actually a series of 3000 interlinked reef systems. Go for a swim along 4 Mile beach or hop on a day tour out to one of the many islands. Whether you choose to snorkel, scuba dive, or view the reef through a glass bottomed boat, there’ll be something to appeal to the whole family.
Best Time to Visit
Because of its tropical climate, the best time to visit Port Douglas is in the dry season, which runs from June to August. Humidity is lower during this time of the year and the temperature averages a pleasant 26° Celsius.
The drive from Brisbane to Far North Queensland is one of the classic Australian road trips. If fun in the sun and thousands of kilometres of incredible scenery to explore is your idea of a perfect holiday, then this is the trip of a lifetime for you. A perfect road trip needs a vehicle that’s perfectly kitted out for the long haul, which is why so many Aussies choose one of the Goldstream RV range for their family holidays.
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