19 Apr

Day Trips out of Port Douglas

During your time in Port Douglas, there are endless ways to get out and explore the magnificence of Tropical North Queensland. From snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef to flying high above the rainforests, there is an adventure waiting for everyone.

Bookings can be left to the friendly staff at Meridian’s tour desk so you won’t have to worry about a thing. It’s time to explore!

Mossman Gorge, Daintree & Cape Tribulation

Discover the beauty of Far North Queensland’s rainforests when visiting these locations. You are welcome to hire a car and take the scenic drives yourself or make use of any included transport. Our friendly staff can provide you with maps and some locals tips on the best spots to visit!

  • Daintree Safaris
    A unique opportunity to explore the ancient tropical North with only a small group of people, as well as a selection of food and drink included.
  • Jungle Tours 
    Go Wild Day Tour – Have your photo taken with a Koala in Port Douglas before discovering the Daintree and surrounding areas with a range of sight-seeing activities.
    Jungle Surfing Day Tour – An educational and exhilarating experience flying high above the World Heritage Listed Cape Tribulation Rainforest.
  • Daintree Discovery Centre
    A multi-award winning trip including audio tours, a canopy tower, aerial walkways and return entry to the centre for seven days.
  • Daintree Tours from Port Douglas
    A remarkable guided experience travelling through Mossman, Daintree and Cape Tribulation in the latest Mercedes Sprinters and Toyota 4WD Landcruisers.
  • Reef and Rainforest Connections – 4WD Cape Tribulation & Daintree
    Spend the day touring and learning about the lush rainforests of Cape Tribulation and the Daintree.
  • Tony’s Tropical Tours
    Tour A Cape Tribulation – 
    An exclusive tour visiting the incredible Mossman Gorge, Daintree River, Noah Valley and many more picture perfect areas which are home to an abundance of flora and fauna.
    Tony’s Tropical Tours – Tour B Bloomfield Falls An adventure filled day travelling by 4WD through the wilderness – Featuring Bloomfield Track and Falls, ‘The Gateway to Paradise’, Kulki Lookout and more.


Kuranda is a beautiful mountain village just outside of Cairns. Although this town is known for it’s extraordinary markets, there is also a great amount of history and sight-seeing to discover. The Skryail Rainforest Cableway and Kuranda Scenic Railway are considered a ‘must do’ for tourists to the region.


In the highlands of Cairns, the Tablelands is an area of lush green that offers a diverse range of must-do activities. Self-drive is a great option if you have hired a car during your stay. The staff at Meridian will happily share directions, maps or tour advice for these trips.

  • Waterfall Circuit
    Take a scenic drive to visit a breathtaking waterfall circuit that includes Millaa Millaa, Zillie and Ellinjaa falls.
  • Brett’s Outback Tasting Adventures
    A delicious day spent out in nature – a great trip for foodies who love getting out and about.

Great Barrier Reef

Tick the Great Barrier Reef off your bucket list with any of these phenomenal day trips.

  • Poseidon Reef Cruise
    Spoil yourself to a 5-star cruise stopping at three incredible snorkel and dive sites within the Agincourt Ribbon Reefs.
  • Wavelength
    A magnificent day spent snorkelling with the option to join an educational guided tour or even participate in a marine research program.
  • Quicksilver
    Take a memorable trip to the edge of Australia’s Continental Shelf to snorkel, dive and explore with a range of activities available on the site’s pontoon.
  • Indigo Charters 
    Sunset Sail, Snorkelling or Private Charters – On this lavish sailing catamaran, you can choose to snorkel in Low Isles, relax on a sunset sail or even enjoy luxury private charters.
  • Calypso
    Snorkel & Dive – Visit the Great Barrier Reef in this spacious catamaran which provides great facilities for all divers and snorkelers – a great opportunity to interact with on-board marine biologists.
    Snorkelling In between visits to three exquisite snorkel sites, enjoy watching the wonders of the reef from comfortable day beds.

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This experience will create memories to cherish forever, especially if you are planning a romantic proposal or wishing to celebrate a milestone event.

Low Isles

Low Isles is a stunning island located just outside of Port Douglas that has a world of history to discover. These day trip adventures will be sure to leave a lasting impression. 

  • Sailaway IV
    An unforgettable island cruise to spend the day relaxing on sandy beaches, snorkelling and boarding the glass bottom boat.
  • Sailaway V
    A magnificent afternoon getaway full of island exploration, snorkelling and relaxation – this trip is perfect for couples and honeymooners.

Island Escapes

  • Lizard Island Day Tour
    Take the scenic route on the seaplane to paradise for a day of guided tours, swimming and spotting all kinds of marine life, or just enjoying food and drinks at the tropical bar.
  • Fitzroy Island Day Tour
    An incredible island experience featuring a wide range of activities that include stand-up paddle boarding, walking tracks, snorkelling off the beach and glass bottom boats. For something a little different, go on a tour of the Turtle Rehabilitation Centre located on the island for a donation. Fitzroy Island is home to Nudey Beach which has been named Australia’s Best Beach for 2018 by 101 Best Beaches.

Make the most out of your stay in Port Douglas with any of these day trips and explore all of the beauty that Tropical North Queensland has to offer.

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