Enjoy Port Douglas in the winter
Port Douglas is a beautiful beachside town, but just because it's well known for Four Mile Beach and its tropical climate doesn't mean you can't also enjoy a winter family holiday in the area!
There are plenty of fun activities to do in Port Douglas during the winter, so if you're searching for suitable family holiday destinations in the cooler months, it's definitely worth putting this at the top of your list.
Here are just a few of the must-visit attractions that Port Douglas has to offer.
Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
During the winter months when it's too cold to splash around at the beach, the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway offers a great way to spend an afternoon.
The Cableway is a wonderfully unique way to experience all of the natural beauty of Queensland's tropical rainforests, with your choice of a one-way hour and a half journey or a two and a half hour return trip.
The Cableway covers 7.5 kilometres and lets you and your family glide in a safe and roomy gondola just metres above the lush green rainforest canopy, before you disembark at one of two stations in the middle of the rainforest.
The Red Peak Station features a 175 metre boardwalk so you can explore the forest from ground level, if you wish, surrounded by towering trees and lush plant life.
The approach to Barron Falls Station lets you enjoy beautiful views of the Barron Gorge, and once you get off at this station you can get an even better view of the Barron Falls from one of three separate lookouts.
You can begin or end your journey at the Cableway from the Caravonica Terminal (located 50 minutes from Port Douglas) or the Kuranda Terminal, where your family photo will be taken by 'Flash' the frog and printed ready for you to pick up as a souvenir.
"There are plenty of fun activities to do in Port Douglas during the winter, so if you're searching for suitable family holiday destinations in the cooler months, it's definitely worth putting this at the top of your list."
The Wildlife Habitat is an award-winning environmental wildlife experience, where you and your family can get the chance to see some of Australia's most fascinating flora and fauna up close.
The habitat was first constructed in 1988 and covered two hectares of land. The Wildlife Habitat has a strong focus on conservation and animal rescue, caring for injured, orphaned and sick animals in a professional manner.
It also boasts an Advanced Ecotourism Accreditation and promises an immersive experience for visitors - what this means is that guests and animals mingle in an open, interactive and natural setting for a truly special experience that your kids are sure to love.
There are three unique environments at the habitat - the Rainforest, the Wetlands and the Grasslands, with each area hosting its own species of wildlife.
If the weather isn't so fine, it's the perfect opportunity to treat yourself to a little retail therapy! Port Douglas has some great shopping precincts that offer something for everyone, so the whole family can enjoy a little splurge.
The Port Village Shopping Centre offers a great range of fashion brands while the Portico Shopping Centre and Macrossan Street Circuit have a little bit of everything (including specialist jewellery shops, tasty food stalls and a handy supermarket).
For those who like a bit of bargain hunting, the Sunday Markets is a must-visit with over 100 individual stalls displaying local arts and crafts, fresh fruits and vegetables, and homemade jams and sauces.
Mantra Heritage, Mantra Aqueous on Port and many of Mantra's other hotels in Port Douglas are all situated close to the shopping mecca of Macrossan Street, so you can get closer access to the busy retail hubs in the area.