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Plan Your Sultry Summer Getaway

Shake off your loungewear and slip into your holiday edit, because it's finally time to plan your escape to Port Douglas, the Daintree and Great Barrier Reef.

Summer in Queensland, it's hot wherever you go and yep, the humidity in these parts can get right up there. But that's what makes this place stand out from the rest. You see, when you embrace the heat you start to embrace this way of living. Life slows down, the shoes come off and the hats go on. And from this freedom comes a willingness to explore a little deeper, to immerse yourself a little longer in something outside your comfort zone. That's where we come in. Start curating your holiday wishlist and easily keep track of all to-do's when planning your Port Douglas holiday.

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Port Douglas

The paradise between the reef and the rainforest, the seaside village of Port Douglas is the essence of barefoot-style and sophistication.

Get your toes all sandy on palm-fringed Four Mile Beach, give in to the urge to splurge on Macrossan Street and the Sunday Markets or take in the Coral Sea skies on a sunset sail. The jumping-off point to explore both the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest, Port Douglas is the gateway to Mother Nature’s playground.

Long renowned as a foodies’ paradise, Port Douglas also has a buzzing bar and restaurant scene your tastebuds won’t forget in a hurry. Find the best things to do in Port Douglas on our blog – from bucket-list adventures to the best line up of decadent day-spas, need-to-eat food and must-sip sundowner cocktails, we’ve got your time here sorted.

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Daintree Rainforest

Disconnect from the outside world and reconnect with Mother Nature when you explore the ancient Daintree Rainforest.

Meander along rainforest boardwalks, eyes peeled to glimpse a southern cassowary and his chicks. Be dwarfed by king ferns, cruise the river for prehistoric crocodiles. Take a guided tour and learn about the rich biological diversity and evolutionary history as you venture deeper into the forest.

For the adventure lovers, take a speedy trip to the reef to snorkel off an isolated cay, seek out secret swimming holes, ride or hike your way through the Daintree Rainforest by day, then fall asleep in your rainforest bungalow just to do it all again the next day.

It’s not all thongs and sarongs, though – for the luxury lovers, the Daintree Rainforest is peppered with properties certainly boast all the special touches, in addition to being off the grid enough to truly switch off and relax.

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Great Barrier Reef

A remarkable example of natural beauty and the only living structure on Earth that can be seen from space, the Great Barrier Reef is a masterpiece of Mother Nature.

Trips to the Great Barrier Reef depart from both Port Douglas and Cape Tribulation and cater for all age groups and water abilities in full and half-day tours. Whether you’re a pro scuba diver or are just longing to find Nemo, discovering the utter magic of the underwater world is a memory that will stay with you forever. Go to a pontoon or multiple sites, enjoy 'dry' options of glass-bottomed boats and semi-submersibles. Sail or motor your way there, it's up to you. Which way will you discover it?

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