Scroll to Explore

Explore the best of the Rainforest with these Port Douglas walks

With acres of ancient rainforest and stretches of untouched coastline on its doorstep, Port Douglas is the perfect place to lace up your hiking boots and embark on an unforgettable adventure. From beach strolls to scenic trails and challenging hikes through dense rainforests, discover our list of the best walks near Port Douglas.

Bump Track Port Douglas

Bump Track is a historic 12km trail that will take you along the coastal lowlands, passing through enchanting eucalypt forests before arriving at Big Mowbray Falls. Originally connecting Port Douglas to the goldfields, this trail is a favourite among locals, catering to hikers, mountain bikers, and horse riders. For those pressed for time or seeking a less strenuous adventure, you can cut your journey short at the lookout before making your return. The full 12km trail is a beautiful yet challenging route that can take between 4-5 hours, so be sure to come prepared.

Flagstaff Hill Walking Trail

Flagstaff Hill Walking Trail is one of the most popular and accessible routes in Port Douglas. A 3km return journey, this leisurely coastal walk starts at the end of Four Mile Beach and leads up to a charming lookout with sweeping views of the Coral Sea, Low Isles and Snapper Island. For early risers, beat the crowds and the heat at this Port Douglas walk and head to the summit to capture some stunning sunrise snaps. The evenings are equally mild, offering one of the most romantic sunset walks in Port Douglas..

Mossman Gorge Walk

Venture into the oldest rainforest in the world with the easy-to-navigate Mossman Gorge Walk. The Rainforest Circuit Track at Mossman Gorge is a self-guided trail less than 3 km long that winds along boardwalks surrounded by lush rainforest. There is also the option of a guided Ngadiku Dreamtime Walk, led by the local Indigenous community, where you will be taken along private tracks and rainforest streams, visiting traditional huts and learning about the land and rainforest legends. 

Mossman Gorge WalkImage Credit: Tourism and Events Queensland

Spring Creek Falls Walk

Spring Creek is one of the area's hidden gems, nestled in beautiful Mowbray Valley, just 15 minutes outside Port Douglas. The 4km hike starts at the end of Spring Creek Road and will take you along an unmarked trail, hopping over rocks as you make your way upstream to Spring Creek Falls. For hikers looking to escape the crowds and soak up the serenity—Spring Creek is just the spot. After making your way to the falls, you'll be rewarded with stunning waterfall views and a dip in the refreshing rock pool.  This is one of the top Port Douglas walks to escape into nature.

Spring Creek Falls WalkImage Credit: Tourism and Events Queensland

Four Mile Beach Walk

Four Mile Beach—where the lush Daintree Rainforest meets the turquoise waters of the Coral Sea—is arguably one of the most beautiful beaches in Australia. Venture on this Port Douglas walking track and take a leisurely stroll from the base of Flagstaff Hill and make your way along the golden sands to the mouth of the Mowbray River. You may be surprised to know that this famous palm-fringed beach is, in fact, closer to 4 km long, offering a peaceful Port Douglas walk with spectacular views.

A Man And Woman Standing at Four Mile Beach WalkImage Credit: Tourism and Events Queensland

Devils Thumb

Devils Thumb, also known as the Manjal Jimalji trail, is located in Mossman Gorge within Daintree National Park. The 10.6 km trail is best reserved for more advanced hikers with no shortage of steep climbs, rugged terrain and slippery surfaces. The track starts at Little Falls Creek, taking hikers on a challenging upward journey through rich rainforest before reaching the breathtaking summit views of the Port Douglas coastline, Dagmar Range and Daintree valley.  

Myall Beach

From Port Douglas, head north to Cape Tribulation for an unforgettable experience at Myall Beach, where the World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest meets the Great Barrier Reef. This untouched stretch of golden sand is just 1.5 km long but connects the Kulki and  Dubuki Boardwalks, creating a 5km circuit through serene rainforest. Take a leisurely walk along the sandy shoreline, surrounded by lush vegetation and the soothing sounds of the waves. 

Myall BeachImage Credit: Tourism and Events Queensland

Port Douglas offers a gateway to some of the most stunning rainforest walks in Far North Queensland. From the adventurous Bump Track to tranquil Myall Beach, each walk presents a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the region's natural beauty. 

Where to stay near Port Douglas?

If you are planning a day trip to Port Douglas to hit some of the area's hiking trails, Crystalbrook in Cairns can provide the perfect luxury base. Each hotel and resort has a unique personality, from art-inspired Crystalbrook Bailey and fun and flirty Crystalbrook Flynn to 5-star luxury at Crystalbrook Riley. Explore Crystalbrook's stylish room and suites, incredible bar and dining experiences and luxurious facilities to ensure an unforgettable Queensland stay.