02 Jun

Top 6 Adventure and Thrill Seeker Activities in Port Douglas

Far North Queensland is undeniably the adventure capital of Australia. From flying high above the Daintree Rainforest to getting up close and personal with a crocodile, you will be sure to get your adrenaline fix when visiting the tropics.

If you are someone who loves getting amongst nature and spending time outside, there are countless destinations to explore and infinite adventures to embark on while you are travelling in Port Douglas.

Our team at the Meridian has developed this guide so you can discover your ultimate pursuit and create unforgettable memories along the way.


Treat yourself to a day out on the water with Dragon Lady Charters for the optimum reef fishing experience. Choose from a private or shared charters journey and select from options such as shark fishing, light tackle fishing and popper fishing. Jump into the ocean and spend some time snorkeling if you decide to head out on a private tour.

The friendly crew are always great company to have on board, especially when they are more than happy to share their tips and local knowledge of the incredible Great Barrier Reef. Depending on your desired trip, you can expect to see some beautiful Coral Trout, Spanish Mackerel and Red Emperor just to name a few.

All trips include a light tropical lunch along with refreshments.

Crocodile Tour

Amongst the World Heritage listed area of the MacAlister Range, Hartley’s Crocodiles Adventures is known to always deliver an exciting and exhilarating Aussie experience. Take a boat cruise on Hartley’s Lagoon to see the melaleuca wetlands filled with crocs and all sorts of weird and wonderful wildlife.

There are plenty of educational presentations and walk through viewings available where you can meet some members of the Australian bush including prehistoric cassowaries, cuddly koalas and deadly snakes. There is no better way to immerse yourself in the history of this fascinating country.

For the bold and the brave, ask about the Big Croc Experience to pole feed a huge crocodile yourself!


There is no better way to get your blood pumping than jumping from a plane and freefalling from over 15000ft above the Great Barrier Reef. Cairns Skydive is located an hour south of Port Douglas and is the perfect place for your extraordinary tandem skydive adventure. You’ll be in safe hands with the fantastic crew who have over 30 years’ experience in the field.

This is your chance to step outside your comfort zone and fly above the scenic views of the GBR, Trinity Inlet and the World Heritage Listed rainforests. It is an addictive feeling that will leave you coming back for more!

Jungle Surfing

Zipline through the canopies of the Daintree Rainforest while overlooking scenic views of the reef, trees and streams with Jungle Tours Go Surfing Day Tours. This exhilarating experience is an awesome way to learn about the magic of Tropical North Queensland. The crew of scientists, tour guides and abseiling specialists will provide you with a memorable trip that is both thrilling and informative.

In this day trip, you’ll also have the chance to get your photo taken with a koala, crocodile or snake at The Wildlife Habitat. You’ll have a picnic lunch in a beautiful location before heading to Jungle Surfing along the stunning coastal drive on the Captain Cook Highway. 

Micro Light & Hang Gliding

Take flight above the ocean in and around areas of Cairns and Port Douglas in these Micro Light and Hang Gliding experiences. Updraught flight facilities allow you to go “where eagles dare” and feel a sense of freedom like no other. As soon as the wheels leave the ground and you are soaring through the sky, your nerves will turn into overwhelming excitement.

Choose to have your micro light experience above the Coral Sea, Daintree River or Cape Tribulation, or hang glide over the picturesque Rex Lookout. When on your micro light ride, you’ll even have the opportunity to take control of the aircraft!

Helicopter Ride

This is a truly remarkable journey that takes you by GBR helicopter over the white sand cays, blues of the Great Barrier Reef and the luscious green rainforest. You’ll travel in style to the Quicksilver Reef Platform for a day of marine activities including an observatory fish and coral viewing, snorkeling and marine biology presentations.

This incredible flight to the Agincourt Reef is one for the books – it is something that everybody should experience once in their life. These views are like no other and will undoubtedly take your breath away.

We can’t wait to hear about your trip of a lifetime, but until then, happy adventuring!

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