Port Douglas & Mossman

Ellis Beach, on the road to Port Douglas

Visit Port Douglas on a Sunday for the open air market next to St Mary's church in Anzac Park.

The drive between Ellis Beach and Oak Beach passes several gorgeous beaches.

  North Ellis Beach   Wangetti Beach

Wangetti is the home of Hartley's Creek Crocodile Adventures, the croc farm and wildlife park.

Well worth a visit to take a cruise on the lagoon and see crocodiles leaping out of the water.

The Rex Lookout is at the top of the hill beyond Wangetti.

Fabulous views of the Macalister Range and the para gliders and hang gliders soaring off the point.

Wangetti Beach from the Rex Lookout   Paraglider off Rex Lookout

Pretty Beach   Oak Beach

The Port Douglas Sunday market is shaded by the large trees in the park by the seafront. It is well supported by local artists.

A great place for finding your holiday gifts.

Port Douglas Sunday market   Colourful bags and a view

Rainbow glassware   Daintree Chocolate

St Marys by the Sea was built in 1913-14 on Grant St to replace an earlier Roman Catholic chuch which was destroyed in the cyclone of March 1911. The Catholic Church gave the building to the local community and it was moved to the foreshore in 1988 and restored. In 1991 it was again consecrated as a non-denominational church and is very popular for weddings.

It is a classic Queensland style all-timber construction on low timber stumps. The framing studs and braces are exposed on the outside with the timber lining on the inside. It is a well-proportioned building with its steep roof, simple lines and graceful lancet-shaped windows. The main window behind the altar looks directly towards Thornton Peak, the dominating 1374m mountain in Daintree National park.

St Marys by the sea, Port Douglas St Marys by the Sea   St Marys by the sea, Port Douglas St Marys - the sanctuary (altar) end of the chapel

Interior of St Marys by the sea, Port Douglas Interior of St Marys   View of Thornton Peak from St Marys by the sea, Port Douglas View of Thornton Peak from St Marys

The Pier   Anzac Park, Port Douglas

Great Dividing Range from Anzac Park   4 mile beach, Port Douglas and Thornton Peak  

Thornton Peak from Port Douglas Thornton Peak from Port Douglas

 Mossman, a small sugar mill town, is only a few minutes away. There is a magnificent stand of Raintrees, covered with ferns, just past the end of the main street on the Daintree road. A pretty Anglican church , St David's, is tucked in on the right.

The road to Mossman gorge (2km) is well signed and runs off to the left before you get to the main shopping part of Mossman. You can walk the 1km from the Mossman Gorge Centre or take the bus up to the elevated walkway through the forest.

There are two walks – a 10 minute/ 400m walk from the car park to the lookout and a 1 hr/2.7km circuit through rainforest and along two creeks. This walk has information boards along the way and starts from over the Rex Ck suspension bridge.

The Mossman River is a fabulous place to swim with crystal clear water and deep pools between huge rounded granite boulders .

Elevated walkway through the rainforest   Mt Demi

Rainforest walk  

  Buttress roots and Pandanus

Peaceful jungle pool   Roots snaking across the forest floor

Main swimming area, Mossman River   Giant granite boulders surround the pools

Strangler Figs   Lush leaves

Catholic history of St Marys   Qld Heritage history of St Marys 

Mossman Gorge walking track map 

Aboriginal walking tracks and camp sites in Douglas Shire 

more things to do

 

 

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