Get Inspired / Tropical North Queensland North Queensland: Where Rainforest and Reef Collide Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Tropical North Queensland North Queensland: Where Rainforest and Reef Collide story by: Mike Williams Where else in the world can visitors experience both a world heritage-listed coral reef and rainforest? Port Douglas, approximately 70 km north of Cairns, offers a gateway to Daintree National Park, Cape Tribulation and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as the stunning Four Mile Beach. The Great Barrier Reef almost needs no introduction. It is the world’s largest coral reef and, stretching over 2000 km, is home to thousands of tropical fish species, hundreds of coral types, sea turtles and birds. It is a divers and snorkeller’s paradise; however, there are of ways to experience this wonderful natural phenomena without even getting in the water, such as a cruise on a semi-sub or underwater observatory, private fishing charter or a flight over the reef in a seaplane or helicopter. > More about the Great Barrier Reef Meanwhile, Daintree National Park is home to the ancient Daintree Rainforest and over 430 bird species. In the southern part of the park can be found the Mossman Gorge, replete with unspoiled rainforest, meandering streams and of course the dramatic gorge itself. At the Mossman Gorge Centre, visitors can gain an insight into the lives, culture and beliefs of the local Kuku Yalanji people and the unique connection they share with their natural environment. Be sure to have a Jungle Surfing Canopy tour at Cape Tribulation, giving spectacular views to visitors sitting in comfortable full body harnesses. If you’re getting overwhelmed by all the beautiful attractions that surround Port Douglas, then take some time to unwind and check out the renowned Port Douglas Markets. These take place every Sunday at Anzac Park. Amongst the bustle you’ll find stalls selling homemade goods guaranteed to either be made by the stallholders or their families. Alternatively, chill out at the beautiful Four Mile Beach, where you can relax, go on walks or even learn to kitesurf. > Amazing Queensland beaches > Click here for all Queensland Deals Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Taupo Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street CBD: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist Water Babies Will Love Cairns! Read more Add or remove from Wishlist Discovering the world’s oldest rainforest Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.