We stayed in Port Douglas for easy access to the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest. The Reef was the highlight because of the many species of animals and coral. The Four Mile Beach was also wonderful.
Although the brochures said the Daintree was better than the Amazon, we did not find it so. Basically, there are a couple of boardwalks through the jungle, some nice beaches and a bunch of tourist services. Port Douglas has many restaurants, but is altogether too yuppy.
Also, the weather did not cooperate. For weeks, it had been sunny, clear and relatively still. The week we were there, it was cool, cloudy and windy. For the trip to the Reef, wind is not good because of the waves and more difficult dive conditions. Without the sun, the coral is relatively colorless.