Exciting Tours & Attractions for Couples in Port Douglas
What better way to connect as a couple than by discovering and exploring together on a couple’s holiday filled with action and adventure surrounded by some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world. Whether discovering a new culture, a new sport, looking at strange animals, or just experiencing a buzz of adrenaline, the couples that play together stay together.
With the amazing diversity of landscapes and eco systems Port Douglas, Far North Queensland, Australia is the hub of the tours that visit the Daintree Rainforest in Cape Tribulation and the Great Barrier Reef. These two World Heritage sites sit in beautiful splendour next to each other, and it is the only place in the world where any two sites do this. This proximity gives you both a wide range of activities you can choose from whether on land, in the air or under the water.
Discover the Indigenous culture and learn from the local Aboriginal tribe how they have survived for 50,000 years in the Daintree Rainforest. Marvel at wildlife you have never seen before like the 1.8 m (6ft) high Cassowary and a Lumholtz tree kangaroo.
The expertise and diversity of tour companies in Port Douglas and the Daintree Rainforest at Cape Tribulation can offer you a variety of tours that are bound to whet both your appetites for exploring, learning, immersing into and sharing the wonders of this amazing area. Here are a few ideas to keep your holiday together full of laughter, learning and love.
Where Couples can Explore the Reef and Get Wet Together in Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia
The Reef Marina in Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia is where all the boats and yachts for exploring the Great Barrier Reef leave from. Tour companies offer a wide range of experiences from snorkelling to diving to exploring the reef or going to the Low Isles by yacht and spending time exploring this beautiful uninhabited coral cay island.
The Port Douglas tour boats head out to Agincourt or Opal Outer Reefs, where these pristine reefs host a wealth of marine life. From brightly coloured Angel and Butterfly fish to giant clams and sweet little ‘Nemo’ Clown fish. There is an abundance of hard and soft corals that look like the imaginings of a mad 3D printer.
On the water you can also take part in white water rafting, where you can get the adrenalin buzz of rafting down the white, foaming rapids of the Barron River. For something a little more sedate and gentler, trystand up paddle boarding (private couple tours for honeymooners are offered on half day Daintree Rainforest tours) where you can glide majestically through the pristine creeks of the Daintree Rainforest or skirt the coconut fringed white shores of Port Douglas. Port Douglas is renowned for its kite surfing and has one of the best all round seasons for kitesurfing. With onshore winds and shallow water to kitesurf over it is has the perfect conditions for the learner and the more experienced kite surfer.
Couples Get Wild in the Jungle together in the Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation, Queensland, Australia
If you wish to explore more inland sites then the amazing Daintree Rainforest is on your doorstep within only a short drive from Port Douglas. The Daintree Rainforest is the oldest rainforest in the world and many of the plants and animals that inhabit this area are found solely in this jungle enclave. The area of the Daintree Rainforest spreads out to an expansive 1200 km2 (745 m2) - that’s the size of Manhattan! The Daintree Rainforest is so pristine that scientists are still discovering regularly new species hidden under its luxuriant green canopy.
In the jungle you can choose a variety of activities to suit both your tastes. If you are adrenaline junkies then you can go jungle surfing and skim together through the Daintree Rainforest canopy. If speed is your thing then you can also go on a quad bike tour where you will zoom over old logging trails and over fresh water creeks.
If you prefer a more sedate exploration then trekking through the Daintree Rainforest is a wonderful way of getting up close to the breathtaking beauty of your natural surrounds. You can experience bathing in crystal clear rainforest creeks and waterfalls. Many tours offer a variety of different experiences to keep those adventure taste buds of you both whet and primed! For more of a cultural expedition explore the rainforest with an Aboriginal guide and find out how they have survived in this inhospitable environment for 50,000 years, way before Bear Grylls came on the scene.
Get eye to eye with a Cassowary, stroke a marsupial, smell a koala. If you would like to know more about the animals and birds that inhabit the Daintree Rainforest, then visiting the local Wildlife Habitat in Port Douglas is an ideal way to learn about the local wildlife and interact with them. You can feed the wallabies and the kangaroos and see up close the endangered Cassowary. Have your photo taken with a koala – that's one for your photo album or Facebook page. It's also a place that offers one of the most strangest and memorable dining experiences - have Breakfast with the Birds, Picnic with the Parrots or Lunch with the Lorikeets.
Couples Get High Together in Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia
If you want to get high together, then for the ultimate adrenalin rush adventure you could both go on a sky dive and hurtle through the stratosphere to the stunning scenery below. There's nothing more like a bonding experience than throwing yourself out of a plane with the ground rushing towards you!
Microlight and Hang Glider
For a more sedate activity you could choose a ride on a microlight or hanglider. As you step off the edge of the cliff with your experienced instructor, this is the closest you will feel to being a bird as you soar over the blue waters of the Coral Sea below and have a panoramic view of the stunning scenery unfolding beneath you.
For an extra special treat why not experience the Great Barrier Reef or the Daintree Rainforest by helicopter. You are sure to impress and create a memory of a lifetime as you are both whisked off to your own private coral cay for lunch or land in the pristine rainforest by a cascading waterfall.
If you both believe that memories are made through action, danger and adrenaline highs then bungy jumping is for you! Your hearts won't be for each other – they will be in your mouth as you launch yourselves off a 50m tower in the depths of the rainforest to the depths below. If you would like more of a together experience where you can scream in unison then buckle up in a swing for two on the Minjin swing and you'll not only hear each other screams as you hurtle at 120km/hr, but both your hearts pumping harder with the adrenalin rush!
You can’t beat a romantic getaway lazing on a tropical beach, whether for your honeymoon or just as a couples’ holiday. With the crystal aquamarine waters of the Great Barrier Reef and the Coral Sea stretching to the horizon. Your footprints on the white pristine sands of the beach are the only reminder of your presence in this tropical and magical place. Whether on your own tropical island or on a deserted beach, romantic getaways don’t get better than this
Port Douglas is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and to the pristine reefs that lie 30 nautical miles away off Cape Tribulation.
Interspersed like a Dalmation dog’s coat the reefs speckle like dark spots against the aquamarine clear waters of the Coral Sea.
Couples visit a tropical island - Low Isles, the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia
Some corals have developed into coral cays that are now inhabited by birds and local flora and fauna. The nearest one to Port Douglas is Low Isles located 8 nautical miles from Port Douglas.
There are a few yacht charters that organise full day and half day snorkel trips to this picturesque uninhabited island.
The Low Isles began its life about 5,000 years ago and despite only a hectare of land being above the high tide mark it supports an amazing diversity of over 50 species of plants.
You can have a hand in hand walk around the island and admire the stunning views. Looking up you may see a Sea Eagle or an Osprey eyeing up their next meal in the crystal clear waters below. On the ground between November to March the Torres Strait Pigeons come into nest. White Breasted Wood Swallows and Turns are more permanent inhabitants that flit around the branches. You might be lucky to see a flitting honeyeater or a darting kingfisher.
The reefs off the Low Isles are stunning, packed with hard and soft coral and plenty of fish life and giant clams (a good indicator of a healthy reef). This island is a favourite of passing Green and Hawksbill turtles and it’s not uncommon to see their heads pop up whilst you are snorkelling, take a breath and then swim back down again, or see them hanging around languorously in the corals just chilling.
You can snorkel around Low Isles, or if you fancy being more active then there are Stand Up Paddle Board tours organised, where in the quiet contemplation of your boarding you can come across dolphins and dugongs.
Love on the Reef for Couples at Great Barrier Reef, Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia
And then there is the star of the show – The Great Barrier Reef itself! The world’s largest reef system that is composed of 2,900 individual reefs that stretches for over 2,600 km (1615 miles). Its size is bigger than Holland, Switzerland and UK combined - that’s half the size of Texas.
More than 1500 fish call the reef their home and with 10% of the world’s total fish species found here it is a highly important eco environment.
The two reef systems mainly visited by tour companies from Port Douglas are Agincourt and Opal Reef. These reefs are about 30 nautical miles north of Port Douglas and are east of Cape Tribulation. Due to the area not having much agriculture or settlement the reefs here are pristine and healthy.
You might be lucky to see one of the six species of turtles that come to the Great Barrier Reef to breed or one of the thirty species of dolphins, whales and porpoises that visit. From May onwards it is possible to see Dwarf Minke Whales and the Humpbacks come in around July. These amazing cetaceans will enjoy the warmer water of the Great Barrier Reef to calve and mate before returning on their 10,000 km round trip back to the feeding grounds of Antarctica.
Boats leave Port Douglas daily to the outer Great Barrier Reef. You can snorkel, where you will both able to discover, by just putting your faces in the water, an amazing underwater world. If you would like to be immersed more in your underwater experience you can both try scuba diving.
It’s such another experience to see the underwater world when you are actually there. Seeing fish going about their daily business, guarding their homes, getting cleaned and feeding. The amazing colours of the angel and butterfly fish. You might be lucky to see a passing turtle or a shark (these are harmless black and white tip sharks). A friendly Maori Wrasse might befriend you like a dog (and about the same size).
For the less active you can go on a semi-submersible submarine, or see the underwater world through a glass bottom boat or even go on a helmet walking tour. A trip by helicopter for just the two of you to your own private island for lunch puts the capital “R” in Romance as you see the amazing sight of the Great Barrier Reef from the air – paradise is truly a place on earth.
If you just want to walk down the beach hand in hand or lie on a towel and relax, Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia, boasts four miles of them! Walk along hand in hand on the white sand beach of Four Mile Beach that stretches out in an arc, framed by towering coconut palms - a perfect place to watch the sunrise and remember a very special time spent together experiencing such a memorable place.