By now, the long, lazy days of the summer holidays are a distant memory and reality has well and truly set in – as have the early-morning alarms, the battle of school-run traffic, the meetings, and the mounting task lists.
Even more depressing – the next long weekend isn’t until mid-April. How to get over this slump? Easy. Plan something to look forward to, like your next getaway!
If exploring the World-Heritage listed double-act of the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest from a laidback, seaside town chock-full of great restaurants, bars, cafés, coffee joints, and boutiques is your idea of fun…then we’re about to let you in on a little-known fact. May is the month to visit Port Douglas. And here’s why.
Exploring the Great Barrier Reef. Photo credit: Tourism Port Douglas & Daintree
With glorious tropical breezes, warm, sunny days, and balmy, yet comfortable evenings, the weather is gorgeous. The humidity has dropped slightly but it’s still considerably warmer than the cooling temperatures of down south.
Expect a Celsius-range between 20 degrees in the evening to 27, or higher, during the day. It’s worth noting the last couple of years have been even warmer, reaching the early 30s, in daylight hours.
The rainforest has had a good soaking too, so a visit to the Daintree, the oldest continuously living rainforest, is a must-do. The waterfalls, creeks and swimming holes are flowing with pristine, cool waters after the plentiful rainfall of the ‘green season’, or the ‘wet season’, as it’s more commonly known.
Yes, the iconic Four Mile Beach is there all year-round and yes, it pretty much always looks stunning but May is when you’ll have it all to yourself. In April the stingers shove off and let you enjoy the beach without the aid of a protective suit.
The waters are still warm and with hardly any waves, it’s perfect for little kids. The Surf Life Saving Club monitors a netted area at the south end of the beach where you can also hire surf skis, stand-up paddle boards, sun lounges and umbrellas.
If you’re an early bird, walk the beach at sunrise. It’s stunning and you may even spot a pod of dolphins in the distance.
The Town is Yours
The June – July school holiday period is one of the busiest times of the year in Port. Parking is that little bit trickier; the reef tours can be booked out days – or even weeks – in advance, same with the Daintree tours; a prime viewing spot for a glimpse of George the Groper is harder to come by; and the restaurants are bustling. Some of our guests book a table at their favourite eatery weeks before they even arrive.
In May, the restaurants are open for business and all the tours are running, so you have a selection of activities to pick from. And while it’s certainly not a ghost town, you won’t have a problem doing what you want to do. It’s still advised you book a table where possible though, just to be on the safe side!
Leading up to the last weekend of May there’s a buzz about town, hinting at the frivolity that’s about to descend on Friday, 26 May in the form of Port Douglas Carnivale. Think live music, a street parade, amusement rides, and a food and wine festival – showcasing fresh, local produce. There’s also a family beach day with face painting and a sand-sculpting competition. With so much going on over the whole weekend some of our guests now come back, year after year, just to experience everything they possibly can at Carnivale. Perhaps book your week-long stay towards the end of the month to get in on the action.