Port Douglas is a short one hour drive north of Cairns along one of the most scenic coastal roads in Australia. Home to golden beaches and some of Tropical North Queensland’s most exclusive resorts, the quiet former fishing village of Port Douglas is both sophisticated and relaxed and the perfect place to escape and unwind.
Stroll along Macrossan Street, the central hub of the village, and enjoy the variety of stylish restaurants, bars, cafes, boutiques, bookshops and galleries. Take advantage of designer shopping or pamper yourself at one of the luxury day spas.
At one end of Macrossan Street is the magnificent palm-fringed Four Mile Beach, which is a spectacular place to enjoy the sunset. Anzac Park is located at the other end of the street, where the picturesque St Mary’s by the Sea Chapel stands and the weekly Sunday markets are held.
Port Douglas also offers a family holiday filled with fun and adventure. Learn to dive, snorkel, jet-ski or water ski or go kayaking to secluded beaches. Cruises to the Great Barrier Reef depart daily from the Marina Mirage, visiting sites considered to be among the best and most pristine on the reef. Visit the Low Isles on a sailboat; or spend a few days on a luxury yacht cruising to the outer reefs. Fly over the whole stunning panorama on a helicopter or sea plane scenic flight.
For a once in a lifetime experience, go swimming and diving with inquisitive dwarf minke whales in June and July; or view the spectacular annual coral spawning in November.
Port Douglas is also close to the Daintree National Park, where the coral reef meets the rainforest. Mossman Gorge, one of the most visited spots in the Daintree rainforest, is located just a 20 minute drive north of Port Douglas. Go crocodile spotting on the Daintree River or explore the pristine beaches of
Cape Tribulation by 4WD. If you’re brave, take a flashlight and take a guided night walk through the jungle. That’s the time when the animals are at their most active and the forest really comes to life.
The wettest months of the year in Port Douglas are from February to April. Although wet, it brings relief from the humidity and the rainforests are spectacular with waterfalls in full flow.
North of Port Douglas, the coastal drive leads to Cooktown and the remote Cape York Peninsula.
Most visitors reach Port Douglas through Cairns International Airport. You can transfer to Port Douglas by coach, private limousine or rent a car.