Animal Encounters in FNQ

Animal Encounters in FNQ

One of the things that truly make the tropics, the tropics – is the tremendous array of animals and wildlife that come in all different colours, shapes and sizes! They might swim, slide, jump or trot their way into your Far North Queensland holiday… either way, you’ll be ever-so glad they did. From the more obvious animal adventures like the GBR and fishing to spotting lazy tree kangaroos and beach horseback riding, you’re bound to the perfect way that you can get up close and personal with these magical creations. Enjoy!

Port Douglas Wildlife Habitat

If you don’t want to limit yourself to just one type of animal encounter, the Wildlife Habitat will be the ultimate adventure for you! The Habitat is a long-standing favourite of locals and travellers alike in Port Douglas, and it’s such a brilliant place to bring the kids along too. This zoo is bursting at the seams with weird and wonderful creatures – ranging from feisty crocodiles to adorable koalas (who love a cuddle!). Take a stroll through the parks and check out the birds, reptiles, mammals, fish and amphibians across the woodlands, wetlands, rainforest and savannah. We recommend feeding the friendly wallabies, but maybe leave the croc and pelican feeding to the professionals!

Horse Riding

Just when you thought horse riding couldn’t get any more enjoyable, Cape Trib Horse Rides takes it to another level! During your PD getaway, you can stroll along the idyllic beaches of Cape Tribulation on horseback along a seriously gorgeous riding trail. You’ll set out from the stable and venture through the astonishing Daintree Rainforest, to then explore the beautiful Myall Beach. This remarkable activity supports all types of riders and levels – whether you want to walk, trot or canter through FNQ. This ride commonly leads you into a protected area of the ocean with your horse to cool off – this part makes for some amazing photos!

Great Barrier Reef

One of the most iconic animal encounters in the world is the journey through the Great Barrier Reef! What’s not to love about snorkelling or diving through the deep blue alongside green sea turtles, reef sharks, and an abundance of colourful fish and corals (which are actually animals too!) There are so many incredible reef trips that you can embark on to make this dream come to life – most depart from the Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina each day for sensational day trips. Take it from the locals, this is a life-changing experience that will leave you with memories to last a lifetime.

Whale Watching

This year, the magnificent humpback whales seem to be loving the waters of Port Douglas! We’re with you on that one, whales – who could resist these tropical seas? During May to August, you’re likely to come across these phenomenal mammals dancing and frolicking through the ocean in Tropical North Queensland. If you’re travelling through Port during these months, you’ll likely experience some breaching and tail-slapping when exploring the Great Barrier Reef! If you’re really lucky, you may even have the chance to swim with the Minke whales when travelling with Poseidon Cruises through the Agincourt reefs. You would be crazy to miss that opportunity!


And of course – going fishing is another fun and fantastic way to check out the sea life here in Port Douglas! You might want to throw a line in with friends or family along the Daintree River, Mowbray River or the Dickson Inlet, or there is a pretty awesome line up of fishing charters also at your disposal. Common catches in TNQ include Barramundi, Mangrove Jack, Trevally or Flathead just to list a few! Not to mention, getting out for some fishing also gives you an excuse to bring a few beers along and catch up with your mates. Doesn’t that sound great?


There aren’t many other places in Queensland that are quite like Port Douglas when it comes to wildlife, so make the most of it while you’re here!

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