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Some companies in Cairns that offer outdoor activities will pick up from Port Douglas hotels.

The best outdoor activity in Port Douglas, however, is to do absolutely nothing on spectacular Four Mile Beach. From May through September, the water is stinger-free. From October through April, swim in the stinger safety net.

Visitor greens fees at the championship Sheraton Mirage golf course on Port Douglas Road are A$150 for 18 holes or A$95 for 9 holes, including a cart. Club rental costs A$40 to A$60. Whacking a ball on the hotel's aquatic driving range costs A$6.50 for a bucket of 25, A$13 for 50 balls, plus A$2.15 for club rental. Contact the pro shop (tel. 07/4099 5537).

Wonga Beach Equestrian Centre (tel. 07/4099 1117; www.beachhorserides.com.au) does 3-hour horseback rides through the rainforest and along Wonga Beach, 35 minutes north of Port Douglas, for A$115 per person, plus A$10 per person for insurance. Transfers from Port Douglas are included. Rides start at 8:30am and 2:30pm. Riders must be age 7 or older. If you want a shorter ride, private 90-minute or 2 1/2-hour rides (minimum two riders) can be arranged for A$180 or A$220 per person.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.