Hey gals…it’s the month to celebrate Galentine’s Day, so round up the women in your life, pack the suitcase and head for tropical Port Douglas and Daintree, for a weekend filled with sunshine, happiness, joy and friendship as you celebrate the fabulousness of the women closest to you.
Read on for the top 5 experiences we’ve put together just for you…
Hire a lounger and sunshade and laze the day away on world-famous Four Mile Beach, which is a patrolled swimming area year-round. Take the time to just talk and chill with your besties beachside, or spend some quality girl time together with the various beach activities on offer.
Windswell SUP & Kiteboarding sessions is one that tops the list and the early bird is definitely rewarded on its stand up paddleboarding tour. Imagine glimpses of dolphins, sea turtles and manta rays, as you glide your way across the calm water of the Coral Sea as the sun rises before you.
Ever ridden a bike on a beach before? Four Mile’s compact white sand is the perfect base for exploring with pedal power or taking in the relaxed beachside vibe with a jog or walk.
From short strolls along the rainforest floor to full day peak-seeking escapades, there are plenty of opportunities to explore the wonders of Port Douglas and Daintree at your own pace.
Why not try the Mowbray Falls self-guided trail? This moderate-grade 6.4km return walk from Black Mountain Road via the Bump Track in Mowbray National Park offers incredible views and the best outdoor pool Mother Nature could have intended.
Make the most of the time together as you conquer this challenging three-hour hike that will have you rock hopping across mountain streams and trekking through some of the prettiest greenery in the world.
Toast those tired feet at the finish and savour a tropical long lunch, found only this side of the equator.
Find the joy and inspiration in nature with a bespoke rainforest experience at the Gateway to Cassowary Falls. This retreat allows for the conscious practice of forest bathing, where you can just ‘be’ in nature, surrounding yourself in the sights, sounds, smells and feel of the rainforest.
Breathe it all in, with the three luxury chalets offering views, privacy, and a little luxury while the pool looks out to Wundu (Thornton Peak), a landscape of spiritual significance for the Eastern Kuku Yalanji people. Sitting under its ancient presence, it’s not hard to feel why. A private tour to the falls will be a highlight of this rainforest stay.
Combining nature with nurturing is something that is effortless here in Port Douglas and Daintree, so why not complete the weekend with some spa therapy?
Revitalise, balance, and rejuvenate the body and soul with a luxury package at Niramaya Day Spa in Port Douglas. Its individually tailored treatments feature hot stone therapies and Vichy experiences to have you floating out the door.
The signature menu at Silky Oak Lodge’s Healing Waters Spa in the Daintree Rainforest also features the incredible smelling Sodashi skin care range, which combines aromatherapy with natural botanicals. With the rainforest as the back and front drop of this beautiful spa, and the sound of the running water of Mossman River below, it is no wonder it lives up to its healing name.
Both resorts offer in-house dining experiences, so why not make a full day of it with brunch and lunch tied in?
Good company and conversation, needs good food and you are spoiled for choice in Port Douglas. Local favourites include Barbados Port Douglas, on the boardwalk at Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina. Its stunning waterfront views are paired perfectly with delicious artisan share boards and freshly shaken cocktails. For a trip to Italy with an Australian modern take, La Cucina & Bar in the heart of Port Douglas, is a popular spot for foodies.
Lunches cannot be surpassed at Salsa Bar & Grill – clear the schedule girls – as one of Port’s oldest restaurant is guaranteed to take you on a long lunch “fusion” experience.
If unique is something you are looking for, then a spectacular seafood lunch on an even more spectacular Chinese Junk (boat) can be on the menu – dine between the magnificent red sails of Shaolin for postcard perfect moments to fill the memory book. *Non-seafood options are also available.
Cap off your day with a stop at Paddy’s Irish Pub on Macrossan Street, but don’t forget your dancing shoes. The live music all weekend will have you and your crew out of your seats, singing the pub classics while dancing the night away.
Tourism Port Douglas Daintree acknowledges the custodianship of the Daintree Rainforest and Great Barrier Reef by the local Kuku Yalanji and Yirraganydji people whose rich cultures, heritage values, enduring connections and shared efforts protect our natural assets for future generations, and we pay our respect to elders past, present and emerging.