Far North Queensland is known for it’s remarkable beauty in the form of lush rainforests, phenomenal landscapes and our very own Great Barrier Reef – and frankly, it is home to some of the most magical views you’ll ever come across.
We’re sure that getting out in the fresh air and experiencing the spectacular natural world of Port Douglas will be on the to-do list while you are holidaying with us at the Meridian, so we have compiled a list of the best nature walks in the area that simply can’t be missed.
We have you covered from the perfect casual stroll to challenging trails for the keen hikers!
Flagstaff Hill Lookout
Distance: 1km – a link between Rex Smeal Park and Four Mile Beach
This is the place to visit for the ultimate views of picturesque Four Mile Beach and the deep blues of the Coral Sea and surrounding reefs. The recently built ocean-side track has plenty of stairs and will be enough to get your heart pumping for that daily dose of exercise, and the stunning lookouts make it all the more enjoyable.
There are multiple viewing platforms that you will come across throughout the walk, so make sure to take advantage of all of them. You’ll also catch a glimpse of Low Isles, Snapper Island and the Daintree Rainforest further out on the horizon. This track is truly gorgeous!
The Bump Track is a fantastic trail for those who love a decent work out in the great outdoors! Get your hike started with a steep beginning, and then follow through to a few kilometres of steady trekking through the mountains of Mowbray Valley. This breathtaking area is a bird watcher’s delight and delivers exceptional views the entire trip.
There’s something special about hiking amongst the eucalypt trees and stone hopping across tranquil creeks that will make you want to return to this spot once more. Take the time to stop and read about the history of the track as well as the surrounding flora and fauna.
Mossman Gorge Boardwalks
There are a number of unbelievable self-guided walks to embark on when visiting the peaceful Mossman Gorge. Choose from easy to moderate grade adventures that all allow you to discover the magnificent rainforests, rivers and tropical animals of this striking national park.
This is a brilliant place to set up for a few hours with your friends and family for a delicious picnic by the heavenly fresh water. After your walk, immerse yourself in your favourite book and jump in the gorge for a refreshing dip. This is your chance to wander through the jungle and completely unwind, and yes, it will be as incredible as it sounds!
Distance: 11km (return)
Who’s ready for a real challenge?! If you’re the keen hiker we mentioned earlier or these cruisy walks just aren’t doing it for you, tackling the Devil’s Thumb will be your next test. This trail is situated in Whyanbeel Valley just north of the ancient Daintree National Park and is known as Manjal Jimalji to the Kuku Yalanji people – it is considered to have great cultural significance to the Traditional Owners.
This hike through the luscious green forest may be very challenging, but the views of the ocean and endless open valleys will make all your efforts completely worth it. Your bound to encounter some extraordinary wildlife and waterfalls along the way.