8 Reasons to Visit Port Douglas in the Green Season

8 Reasons to Visit Port Douglas in the Green Season

There’s no hiding that Port Douglas is notorious for its only two seasons; wet and dry – but we are here to debunk a few misconceptions about the “green season”. Rain and all, we think that Port is a dream destination year-round. From December through to April, things get a little wet here in our coastal town. The thing is, our reef, rainforests, creeks, and waterfalls have never looked so luscious!

Without further ado, here are 8 reasons why us locals were taught to never wish away the rain.

1. Everything is Green and Lush

Each year, the wet season transforms our gorgeous seaside town into a blooming tropical wonderland. With a little (or a lot) help from Mother Nature’s downpours, the luscious rainforests, magnificent gorges, and flourishing creeks and waterfalls truly come alive. This annual magic and spectacular greenery is something that you can’t miss.

2. Waterfalls are Flowing!

And we mean really flowing! Far North Queensland is home to some of Australia’s most phenomenal waterfalls, and this is undoubtedly the best time to experience them. Hit the road or take a hike to immerse yourself in nature and be surrounded by thundering falls and rapids gushing at full force. One of our favourites in the Green Season is Barron Falls and the best way to view it? By sky rail! So despite what the TLC ladies sang in the 90s, go chase those waterfalls – you won’t regret it.

3. Ultimate Creek Conditions

All of this rain is usually accompanied by heat, so finding ways to cool down quickly becomes a priority. The creeks at this time are absolutely gorgeous – pristine waters, rejuvenating swimming temperatures, and sweet sounds of wildlife all around. Set up for the day and bring snacks, your favourite book, and snorkelling gear for some underwater exploring. Talk about the perfect place to kick back and relax!

4. Less Crowds

Most travellers visit Port Douglas for the sunshine, beautiful beaches, and the extraordinary Great Barrier Reef – but for one reason or another, the rain scares everyone away. Those who don’t mind getting a little wet can experience everything the town has to offer without the hustle and bustle. You’ll have outstanding restaurants, exquisite bars, and fabulous shopping boutiques all to yourself!

5. Great Deals on Accommodation

Throughout the green season, you can make massive savings on your holiday when booking accommodation at Pool Resort. This way you can still spoil yourself to a luxurious room, and then enjoy a little extra spending money – who doesn’t love that! In 2019, you can save up to 38% on five nights’ accommodation at Pool Resort. Click here to view our specials.

6. Amazing Snorkelling on the GBR

Believe it or not, this is one of the most incredible times to visit the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef. The consistent light winds of less than 10 knots ensure calm waters, smooth sailing, and visibility of up to 50 metres. These glass-out conditions are ideal for jumping in to explore the breathtaking underwater world and diverse ecosystems whether you snorkel or scuba dive. Once again, you’ll miss out on the crowds – winning!

7. An Abundance of Tropical Fruit

If soursop, black sapote, rambutan, or jackfruit doesn’t ring a bell, you’re missing out! Each of these tropical fruits is simply delicious, and they all thrive in the hot FNQ climate. Support the local farmers and head to the Sunday markets in Anzac Park for your fix, or check out the impressive fruit farm at the Daintree Ice Cream Company. Better yet, try the fruit in the ice cream!

8. White Water Rafting

Fear not, thrill-seekers! We have an exciting one for you – all of this rain means that it’s time for some exhilarating white water rafting. Get your heart racing with a half day tour in Cairns for an epic water adventure in the roaring Barron River. If you are yet to try this extreme water sport, there is no better time than the wet season!


Come along and enjoy balmy Port Douglas in all its glory – we hope to meet you soon!

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