Port Douglas Barrier Reef

Getting out and about:

Port Douglas is synonymous with the Great Barrier Reef. Quicksilver offers highly professional day tours to the Agincourt Reef at the edge of the Continental Shelf. It ain’t cheap adults cost $154 and children aged four to 14, $80.50 (children under four are free) but it’s worth it if this is your once-in-a-lifetime visit to the reef. Just north of Port Douglas, you can go croc spotting on the Daintree River, walk the wetlands boardwalk behind Mission Beach or join the assortment of backpackers sunning themselves on its super fine sand. Back towards Cairns, try the 34-kilometre Kuranda Scenic Railway and the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, said to be the world’s longest gondola cableway. Port Douglas itself is a foodie’s mecca and brims with restaurant, including some with moderate prices. Make sure to take the winding drive between the million-dollar homes to the top of Flagstaff Hill to take in the glorious view of Four-Mile Beach.

Kathryn McNess travelled to Queensland courtesy of the Radisson Treetops. It is no longer The Age’s policy to accept free or subsidised travel. This story was prepared under the previous policy.

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