Often referred to Australia’s millionaire playground, backpackers should not be put off by this tag line in the slightest, as Port Douglas has so much to offer the budget conscious traveler. Budget backpacker accommodation is in abundance, and nearly all offer tours and sightseeing specifically tailored with the budget conscious in mind.
Many backpackers who visit Port Douglas enjoy the walking safaris through the Daintree Forest, or if the water is your thing, snorkeling around the live coral reefs or scuba diving on the outer reefs of the Great Barrier Reef is all possible from Port Douglas.
Many tour operators also offer live aboard boats where you can sail around the great barrier reef from a half day adventure to a full week. Again, many tour operators have the backpacker's budget in mind, and the costs are actually comparable with a night budget Queensland accommodation. So why stand on land when you can sail the Great Barrier Reef at the same cost.