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Sustainable destination Douglas Shire, Australia

The only place in the world where two natural World Heritage listed areas come together: the Daintree rainforests of the Wet Tropics and the Great Barrier Reef.

Sustainable destination Douglas Shire is a local government area in tropical Far North Queensland. This premium destination is located on the coast, north from the city of Cairns. Renowned for its natural beauty and rich biodiversity, there’s no place like it on Earth – where the rainforest meets the reef!

The area encompasses world-class landscape features, including pristine rainforests and beaches, and a diversity of cultural, economic and environmental values. The shire is administered from the town of Mossman and stretches over 2,428 square kilometres. Despite the attempts to incorporate Douglas Shire into the Cairns Region, the local citizens voted for independence.

Sustainable destination Douglas Shire, Australia

Douglas Shire’s vision is to become the world’s leading tropical visitor destination, delivering world-class sustainable tourism experiences. The destination’s brand incorporates elements of natural, aspirational, tropical, laid back and untamed experiences. Destination experiences are focused on sustainable interactions with nature, where visitors are encouraged to travel green and step lightly, helping us to conserve our pristine environment for the enjoyment of generations to come.

With the Port Douglas and Daintree destination, this place of spectacular beauty is the first of its kind to achieve the ECO Destination Certification by Ecotourism Australia. The shire has been working hard after the initial signup for the certification program in 2018 and has met 80 of the 100 criteria to reach the ECO Certified Nature Destination level.

most sustainable hotels

Safari Lodge

9.38 kg
8.5 430 reviews

Daintree Wilderness Lodge

9.48 kg
8.7 253 reviews

On The Wallaby Lodge

11.08 kg
8.9 281 reviews

The Canopy Rainforest Treehouses & Wildlife Sanctuary

13.29 kg
9.2 38 reviews

things to do

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures Located between Cairns and Port Douglas, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures is a 10 hectare wildlife sanctuary and ecotourism park. The iconic attraction strives for a perfect balance between education and entertainment. Relax on a cruise and explore the natural habitat of the legendary Saltwater Crocodile!
Port Douglas Port Douglas is a town on the Coral Sea in Douglas Shire, Queensland and it's base for visits to both the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree National Park. The town developed quickly based on the mining industry and is know today for its beach resorts. Enjoy a shopping spree on the Macrossan Street or a walk on the famous Four Mile Beach.
Daintree Rainforest Providing ethical access to the heart of the oldest rainforest on the planet, the Daintree National Park, is unspoiled by artificial structures, a triumph of natural wonders; and it's best visited guided with the expertise of one of the long-term inhabitants.
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