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Port Douglas Family Tours and Attractions

Wavedancer - Low Isles 

Wavedancer is a big 30 metre luxury sailing catamaran that is part of the multi tourism award winning Quicksliver Group of companies and she sails daily to the idyllic tropical island called Low Isles which is about 15 klm north east of Port Douglas and a calm 70 minute cruise to the lagoon to begin your day of snorkelling and exploring the Great Barrier Reef with your family. This island provides the perfect reef tour for those people with either very young children or older grandparents so they can just amble in and out of the water as they please.

Low Isles is also very well known as the island to visit if you were hoping to come across some green sea turtles and a great place to take in the historical walk to the lighthouse with one of Wavedancers Marine Biologists to learn all about its maritime history and the part it has played in our current knowledge of the Great Barrier Reef and it inhabitants. 

The other bonus of this Low Isles day tour is that guests can choose to book an introductory scuba dive with Wavdancer being the only boat able to offer this extra at Low Isles reef so it’s a perfect day tour to satisfy everyone of all ages and capabilities in the family     

Call us to book on 1300 761 612 or 07 4059 5959

Aquarius Family Sailing

This sunset sail from the Marina in Port Douglas is one of those family activities designed to suit the teenage children rather than the younger ones as it can be tiresome having to hold onto them as the boat sails across the ocean and the darkness begins to fall.

Leaving the harbour at around 4.15pm you will be living it up in the lap of luxury on this stunning 62 foot luxury Lagoon catamaran that offers a wide deck for you to sit on and relax to take in all the sights around you as she glides thru the waters with the bow heading a due north east toward the Low Isles and then taking a right side tack down towards Four Mile Beach past all the homes of the rich and famous and onto the beauty of the rugged headland of Port Douglas. She is under sail for around 1.5 hours and you can sit back and enjoy some lovely canapés. Should you wish to bring along some nice alcoholic beverages for yourself you are most welcome.

Sunset sailing from Port Douglas is the perfect way to end a perfect day whilst on holiday in Tropical North Queensland    

Call us to book on 1300 761 612 or 07 4059 5959

Wildlife Habitat

Enjoy a family day amongst animals at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas where you can hand feed Kangaroos, Ducks, hold a Koala, and get up close to Crocodiles and Snakes.  Spread over 8 acres Wildlife Habitat is home to over 1200 animals - with easy trails and informative tours to gain further appreciation of Australia's unique tropical environment. Experience a hot and cold buffet at Breakfast with the Birds or enjoy Lunch with Lorikeets - the kids will love it!  

Open daily from 8am - 5pm Daily

Call us to book on 1300 761 612 or 07 4059 5959

 

Minjin Swing

Now this really is a family activity that will get all of your hearts racing faster than you thought they ever could. You will be swinging in a harness alongside two other people with one of you holding the go button in their hands that gives them the power to propel you all into the sky at speeds of 0-120km/hr. in 3.5 seconds whilst at the same time being at a very scary height of 148 feet. How does that sound as a good family bonding outing?

Operating 7 days a week you can be collected from your Port Douglas accommodation in the AJ Hackett coach for an extra $40.00 per person or you could just rent a car and drive yourselves down to the Bungy platform in Smithfield which is about 45 minutes south towards Cairns on the Captain Cook highway

Whilst you are there the children 10 years older and over 45kg can even try jumping off the AJ Hackett Bungy tower and plunging head first 50 feet towards the water below and they even have a jumps menu. Who thinks of these sorts of things to get their jollies seriously?

Anyhow if a day out with the family for some thrill seeking fun is on your adjenda then the Minjin Swing and the Bungy Tower are the two go to items you should look into

Call us to book on 1300 761 612 or 07 4059 5959

Skyrail Kuranda Scenic Train and Kuranda Village

The journey on the Skyrail gondola and the Kuranda scenic railway is one of the most popular and most requested day tours in Port Douglas. The children love the excitement of riding up high over the tree tops in a gondola that gives them a 360 degree view around the countryside to see the rainforest and the mountains. You can now even upgrade to a gondola with a see thru floor so you can look down into the forest below so when you book ask for an upgrade to these new gondolas that are called Diamond View.

From Port Douglas your coach will pick you up and take you to the Skyrail first for the one and a half hour journey up to the village of Kuranda where all the fun only just begins. In Kuranda you can fossick thru the markets, visit all the shops, dine in restaurants, cuddle a koala, hold a baby crocodile or have a black headed python snake draped around your neck. At various times of the year Kuranda has festivals and events that make it even more fun for the family to join in on all the celebrations.

In the afternoon you will board the beautifully restored Kuranda Scenic Railway for the one and a half hour journey back down the mountain thru a series of 15 hand cut tunnels, over deep gorges and past cascading waterfalls. On the train you can also upgrade to Gold Class where you have a car with club style seating and you are served alcoholic beverages and nibbles for the journey homewards.

Call us to book on 1300 761 612 or 07 4059 5959

Reef Sprinter

A really great family activity that gives you a good choice of times during the day to partake in some snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef on one of the fastest boats in Queensland getting you to the reef at Low Isles lagoon  within 15 minutes. This reef trip is not for the faint hearted or those with bad backs, pregnant or other health issues this is for the adventurers.

Reef Sprinter  has 3 custom built Rib boats ranging in size from 11.3 metres to 12.5 metres with race car seats fitted to firmly hold the 14 adventurous passengers in place as you scream across the waves at speeds of anywhere from 33 knots to 50 knots on a glassy day.

You will not be landing on Low Isles you will be snorkelling in a private lagoon location where you can also ride around in the glass bottom boat to see the coral and all the fish below without even getting your hair wet.

You can be in the water for an hour and a half just enough time to enjoy your surroundings, maybe see some lovely Green Sea Turtles, big fish and other marine life and then it’s back onto Reef Sprinter for your exciting journey back to Port Douglas marina.

Call us to book on 1300 761 612 or 07 4059 5959

Tallarook Family Half Day Sailing Port Douglas

There is nothing more romantic than sailing on a beautiful ocean on an old lugger like Tallarook (well we think so anyways) she is big at 75 feet long with a hand crafted wooden hull that was commissioned and built in 1945 by the Australian Navy. She had a big history of serving the navy and then becoming an abalone boat in 1969 and then eventually being purchased in 1996 by a Queensland company and restored to her former glory to ferry passengers to the Great Barrier Reef for a half day of snorkelling in the lagoon around the Low Isles. If your children are 12 years and over they can even try an introductory scuba dive in this beautiful coral garden straight off the back of Tallarook.

Tallarook sailing has you out and on the water snorkelling in only one hour from leaving the marina in Port Douglas with an 8.00 am departure and 12.00 midday return and in the afternoon a 1.00pm departure and a 5.00pm return in time for sundowner drinks at your Port Douglas resort.      

On this reef tour feel free to bring along some food and drinks as you can keep them in the ships fridge. All in water equipment is supplied such as snorkel gear, lycra sun suits, pool noddles for the not so strong swimmers and of course the dive gear for those who are going to give scuba diving a go.

Call us to book on 1300 761 612 or 07 4059 5959

Great Barrier Reef Helicopters Scenic Flights

Getting around in a helicopter is one of our favourite things to do when we visit new holiday locations and taking a scenic helicopter flight from Port Douglas to explore Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and the World Heritage Rainforests is a definite must to put on that list of things to do and things to see in Tropical North Queensland.

No doubt you will be taking a trip out to snorkel and scuba dive on the Great Barrier Reef and you may even travel out and back by helicopter which we would highly recommend as you get to see the reef from a totally different perspective and you will also have some awesome photographs.  Each helicopter can accommodate 3-6 passengers in total comfort in a modern and sleek fleet of helicopters.

There are many scenic helicopter flights you can choose from to view the region and even a 30 minute scenic flight above Port Douglas will have the jaws of your family dropping as they fly around and see the rainforest clad mountains, raging rivers and streams and fly over a lace like section of the reef. From above you can even spot the crocodiles lying on the river beds below. Choose your helicopter experience from either a scenic flight over the Great Barrier Reef or a wonderful journey across the World Heritage Rainforests of the Daintree and Cape Tribulation region.

Call us to book on 1300 761 612 or 07 4059 5959

Jungle Surfing

All we can say about this day tour is just book it! The whole family from your 3 year old to the grandparents can all be in on this one, you just need to have a rental car to get you up to the Cape Tribulation pick up point to commence your Tarzan and Jane family adventure of zip lining thru the trees.

Jungle Surfing has been publicised on many a holiday program and written up in many holiday magazines as the thing to do and thing to see when in the Cape Tribulation rainforests.

Begin your adventure with a turn on the Human Hamster Wheel that you basically walk along on a stationary basis as it hoists your fellow Jungle Surfers up to the first zip line platform. The Hamster wheel operates in the exact same way as the animal Hamster wheel of course but there are no treats for the humans after this one.  Once all adventurers are high up in the trees you are segregated to your jungle man or woman tour leader and off you go to start zip lining across all six platforms stopping at each one and learning about the ecological life of the rainforests and its inhabitants and taking in the breath taking views all around you.

There are several departures during the day for this tour but we recommend that you book early to lock in the time of your families preferences and to also enable you to plan other activities whilst you are up in the Cape Tribulation region like some sea kayaking or horse riding along the deserted beaches

Call us to book on 1300 761 612 or 07 4059 5959

Family White Water Rafting - Barron River

When you have children at an age when they are not quite old enough to be let loose and not be under the full supervision of mum and dads eyes it can be very hard to find some tour or activity that they would find fun and you would also find fun doing together as a family.

Why not try White Water Rafting on the Barron River. This is a half day activity with 2 daily departures depending on the season. This tour operates from Cairns however return transfers from Port Douglas accommodation are available - this is a 45 minutes coach transfer)

The Barron River operates on water releases from the top of the gorge which rush down thru the granite canyon and into the lovely lake at the bottom of the falls. This is where you and your young children can learn the skills of paddling and controlling a raft surrounded by the beautiful rainforests and mountains along the river

Call us to book on 1300 761 612 or 07 4059 5959

Port Douglas Family Tours and Attractions

A holiday with your family to Port Douglas in Queensland Australia can be as busy as you like or as relaxing as you like.

With Four Mile beach as your playground you and your family can walk, run, play and swim for hours. You can even hire some fun beach equipment as well to keep everyone amused.

We have listed a few suggestions of Port Douglas tours and attractions for both the older children and the younger children for your Port Douglas family holiday.  We can assist you with family Great Barrier Reef tours and Daintree and Cape Tribulation Rainforest tours - and maybe even Crocodile Spotting!

For further information on Family Day Trips and to plan your Port Douglas Family Holiday, contact Cairns Holiday Specialists on 1300 553 893   (International: +61 7 4059 5959) or by email.

 

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