Port Douglas, Cairns Qld Australia
It has been named as one of the 5 most scenic Australian roads: The road from Cairns to Port Douglas. Rex Lookout offers magnificent coastal views over pristine beaches, the dark blue of the Coral Sea and the lush tropical vegetation. Here hang gliders can often be seen searching for the right coastal wind that travels up the mountains.
Port Douglas is about 67km north of Cairns and a colourful mixture of cosmopolitan - hippie -elegant - sophisticated style with award wining restaurants, hotels and galleries next to hippie-style markets with arts and handcrafts from locals nearby. It is exactly this mixture that makes the relaxed atmosphere and gives one that perfect holiday feeling. Port Douglas was founded in 1877 and later named after former Queensland premier Sir John Douglas. With the discovery of gold Port Douglas became the mayor port in our region with a population of more than 12000 until the end of the gold rush.
Port Douglas's gold rush came back with tourist numbers as high as never before. Famous statesmen as Bill Clinton and former German chancellor Helmut Kohl have visited this little township. Some of the attractions you can find here are: The Rainforest Habitat Wildlife Sanctuary, where you can watch over 500 birds and other animals in a huge cage almost like in their normal environment but on one spot, the 4 miles Beach, the Marina Mirage which boasts with its sunsets and of course the reef trips that you can easily book here.
Mossman Gorge (part of Daintree National Park) is five kilometres west of Mossman. This gorge has magnificent cascading waterfalls and crystal-clear swimming holes. You can explore it easily on walking tracks and later the suspension bridge gives you this unbelievable "Indiana Jones" feeling.