Douglas Shire is a premium destination located within Tropical North Queensland, Australia. Renowned for its natural beauty and rich biodiversity, it is the only place in the world where two natural World Heritage listed areas meet – the Daintree rainforests of the Wet Tropics and the Great Barrier Reef.
Douglas Shire is a place of spectacular beauty. The area encompasses world-class landscape features, including pristine rainforests and beaches, and a diversity of cultural, economic and environmental values. The destination is highly valued by the Traditional Owners of the land, including the Eastern Kuku Yalanji to the north and Yirrganydji to the south; as well as the Douglas Communities and visitors to the area.
The Wet Tropics bioregion has some of the oldest continuously surviving tropical rainforests on earth. It provides an important record of the ecological and evolutionary processes that has shaped the flora and fauna of Australia over the past 415 million years. The Great Barrier Reef contains the world’s largest collection of coral reefs, with 400 types of coral and is home to the endangered dugong and large green turtle.
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.