Port Douglas has plenty of activities, open spaces, parklands and playgrounds to ensure a happy and safe family holiday for visitors with children. Running along the alluring sands and splashing in the azure waters of Four Mile Beach in the heart of town is just the beginning of the fun for parents and kids in Port Douglas.

Day or half-day tours out to the Great Barrier Reef for snorkelling and diving among the colourful coral are an ideal way to start a holiday in the area. And once you have exhausted the water options, take a road trip to the Mossman Gorge for a rainforest walk and swim in the granite rock pools.

Night tours in the Daintree Rainforest are sure to get those young eyes popping at the sight of so many amazing nocturnal creatures.

Around town, the Bally Hooley Steam Railway operates 7-days a week and offers half-price for children under-12 who will love the clickety-clack of the heritage carriages moving along the old cane-hauling track through town.

The Wildlife Habitat encourages families to get up close and personal with bird and animal feeding, holding a koala and checking out the crocodiles.

There are also indigenous tours, waterparks, trike tours, fishing tours and a host of inexpensive activities, such as Wednesday sailing at the Yacht Club, watching the reef boats glide back into the harbour, and all the fun of the Sunday morning market.

But back to Four Mile Beach, don’t miss out on some of the cool gear that can be hired for a burst of water sports fun, including paddleboards, double kayaks, tubes and buckets & spades.