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The landscape of Port Douglas township is quite flat, with wide footpaths and suitable infrastruture such as ramps. For travellers with a vision disability please note there are no traffic lights in Port Douglas, only pedestrian crossings.
Almost all accommodation houses will provide at least one room with disabled facilities.
Here are some great ideas for holiday makers travelling with a disability.
For visiting the Great Barrier Reef, Quicksilver Outer Barrier Reef is a very popular and professional operation which visits the outer barrier reef platform daily from Port Douglas. The boat and the platform are fully equipped to cater for everyone. There are wheelchair lifts, an underwater observatory, semi-submersibles for coral reef viewing, access to bathrooms throughout the day, full buffet lunch where all dietary requirements can be catered for (large choice of food from fresh salads, seafood to hot dishes such as curry and stew, tropical fruits and bread). Snorkelling is also possible from the platform, no jumping or diving required, just three stairs that lead into the water. Lane ropes with rest stops are located in the water to assist snorkellers. Floatation devices such as noodles are provided. Perscription masks are also provided from -6 to +6 range.
For visiting the Daintree Rainforest, there are unfortunately no tour companies that are based out of Port Douglas that could cater for someone in a wheelchair. This is mainly due to the vehicles used and the number of times getting in and out of the vehicle. Vehicles range from 4WD Landcruiser 6 seaters, to Mercedes vito 8 seaters to larger buses up to 30 seaters. If travelling with family or in a group of friends some companies may consider a private charter in which time and effort could be concentrated to develop a suitable itinerary. Hiring a car may be an option- your group could then explore at your own pace. Boardwalks such as those north of the Daintree River are accessible and mainly flat with ramps. Check out Jindalba (a couple of stairs along the way), Kulki at Cape Tribulation, Cafe on Sea at Thornton's Beach, the Daintree Discovery Centre (great aerial walkway which is accessible for all), Dubuji boardwalk. The scenic drive itself is very pleasant from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation and takes around 2 hours one way. Unfortunately Mossman Gorge and a Daintree River Cruise are out of the question for those in need of wheelchair access as access involves stairs and narrow boarding spaces on the small boats.
Attractions in or near Port Douglas that may also be of interest and are easily accessible are The Rainforest Habitat wildlife sanctuary, Lady Douglas river cruise, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Skyrail and Kuranda Scenic Railway, Cairns Night Zoo.
Local people and tour operators pride themselves on their friendliness and openness- any difficulties please ask for assistance. For particular requirements, ask upon reservation.