Some notes on kitesurfing locations follow.
Port DouglasIn my opinion this is the best spot for kitesurfing for the following reasons:
- 4 Mile Beach gets fairly reliable SE trade winds in the 15-25 knot range over much of winter - you can get by with one kite (e.g. a 10 or 12)
- There are no crocs there - but stay clear of the Mowbray River mouth and the harbour: Dixons Inlet / Packers Creek (no kiting there anyway)
- You can do nice downwinders along the beach and catch the shuttle bus back
- Bretto, the owner of Windswell, and his crew can assist with gear, advice, instruction and downwinders
- You can do a big downwinder out to the Low Isles with boat support - Bretto can assist with this.
- The downwinder from Pretty Beach back to 4 Mile Beach is superb.
- visit Mosman Gorge
- go for a bike ride
- do a cruise out to Low Isles - you can try take your kite out by arrangement
- go diving on the outer reef
- hang out downtown with the tourists
- visit Hartley's Crocodile farm - its well worth a look
- have lunch at Thala Lodge - a spectacular location but you need a car or bike to get there
- do a day trip up to the Daintree rainforest
- drive the coast road back towards Cairns and find a nice place for a swim, such as Ellis Beach
- You need a 4WD to get to the only place to kite (the beach near the Annan River), and its not guaranteed croc free.
- There is much stronger wind the Port Douglas, so you are likely need a smaller kite
- Further north, Kitesurfaris operate tours at a great kiting location near Cape Flattery, which is hard to get to.
Beaches around the Daintree
- You need to be lucky with the wind and there are crocs about - not a great option
- The Daintree River itself is croc central - don't go in the water anywhere near it.
- I haven't kited there, but by all accounts it is superb. Great wind and a tropical island location with nice sandy beaches.
- You need an extended boat cruise tour to get there, which Windswell can arrange.
- Winter months (May to September) - the best time to kite anywhere in North Queensland, with clear skies and consistent trade winds.
- Summer (December to February) - you can kitesurf, but the wind is very inconsistent, it is hot and marine stingers are present in the water.