Unwind in this beautiful headland park, sit under swaying palm trees, admire the views of the Coral Sea or visit the Sunday Markets.
Relax on the waterfront in Anzac Park and watch the cruise boats as they sail in and out to the Great Barrier Reef. Anzac Park is named in tribute to the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC). Situated on a headland facing the Dickson Inlet, the park has charming views that look out to the Sugar Wharf Jetty, the Coral Sea, mangroves and the rolling mountains in the west.
Settle down for the day on a picnic blanket. Play a game of soccer, fly a kite or play Frisbee. The kids can look for shells at the small beach at the south end of the park while you dip your toes in the shallow water. Read a book in the shade of a palm tree or relax under a fig tree and marvel at their fascinating root systems.
The mountains in the background and the last boats coming back from a day on the reef make for a picturesque view at sunset. When it’s time for an evening meal, pick up some fresh seafood, light up a barbecue and enjoy a night picnic.
At the park’s edge is St. Mary’s by the Sea chapel. Built in 1914, this charming little church is a popular place for weddings.
The craft markets are one of Anzac Park’s biggest attractions. Held every Sunday morning for the past 20 years, the markets are a great place to find local arts, handmade crafts and jewellery. Meet farmers bringing their produce to sell to locals and visitors. Find unique accessories such as handmade bags, or a piece of art, or pick up a reef photo or Daintree souvenir. If you have a sweet tooth, try locally grown sugar cane or drink the milk from a freshly cracked coconut.
Anzac Park is an easy walk from the centre of town at the northwestern end of Macrossan Street. Park your car in town or pull into the parking lot by St. Mary’s by the Sea. Public toilets are available.