Many of the most spectacular tours of the Great Barrier Reef depart from Port Douglas. Port Douglas is the closest mainland town to the Great Barrier Reef.
The Great Barrier Reef is the largest reef system in the world and one of Australia’s biggest tourist attractions. There are so many ways to experience the reef. First there is accommodated cruising, where holidays up to a week can be taken on a sailing or motorised boat. Secondly, there is a long list of day trips that leave from Marina Mirage, Port Douglas. Its all about getting out to the reef quickly and getting into the water for some swimming and snorkelling either for a few hours or the whole day. And then there are island day trips too, where Green Island is the favourite, just out from Cairns and surrounded by reef. Lastly there is the option of dive liveaboards where the sole focus is getting as many scuba dives on the reef as you can over a couple of days.