Fall in love with Port Douglas and the Great Barrier Reef!
Visitors from around the world flock to the enchanting town of Port Douglas. Surrounded by spectacular natural scenery, it has something unique to offer to all fortunate enough to visit. Travellers of all ages and origins have cherished their time in this fantastic destination, holding memories made here close to their hearts, and here’s why:
Two world heritage sites
Few people are lucky enough to visit a world heritage site, and Port Douglas boasts two. The Great Barrier Reef is a natural wonder of the world, and we are lucky enough to have access to a new section of it, unaffected by the bleaching damage that has sadly occurred elsewhere.
Explore the Northern Ribbon Reefs will blow your mind, bursting with life and colour. Some choose to take a closer look on scuba-diving and snorkelling trips, while others prefer to view the reef from the comfort of a cruise. We can help you with both.
If the underwater world leaves you wanting more of the wild, the Daintree Rainforest is only a stone’s throw. It’s the world’s oldest rainforest, so ancient that some plant species have dated back 110 million years.
Find out why Sir David Attenborough called this lush canopy “The most extraordinary place on earth” and understand Avatar’s raw, unfiltered beauty. Choose the experience that best suits you while getting lost in this prehistoric world with various tours.
Four Mile Beach
The heart of Port Douglas, Four Mile Beach, will give you all the sunshine and fresh air you could desire. However, it attracts many like-minded people searching for a tan and an ocean breeze.
You will never feel crowded as the shore stretches out across the coast with enough room to relax. The beach is 100m wide at low tide, but make sure you share it with the locals.
Turtles, dolphins, and dugongs in the sparkling water and ivory sand. Fear not. They enjoy the company. Whether you’re a surfer, a boogie boarder or a floater, the warm water and wicked waves won’t let you down.
Plus, it’s also easily accessible via a shuttle, taxi, or even by bike for those trying to get a holiday workout in.
Port Douglas weather offers an average of 29 degrees celsius over the summer and a balmy 26 degrees over the winter and spring. Our seasons provide a little bit of everything, with dry, breezy winters from May to October and your classic hot and humid beach holiday, so take your pick!
The enchanting Macrossa Street
Stunning, picturesque, and vibrant. It is lined with flowering trees and runs from the port to Four Mile Beach with alfresco cafes, restaurants, boutique retail, and accommodations.
Shop until you drop or explore the delicious cuisine, knowing that you can escape the madness into market park or the beach on either end at any time.
So many activities!
It’s hard to beat a classic, and we have them in abundance. Great Barrier Reef tours, Daintree Rainforest experience, and Cape Tribulation tours are on the Port Douglas trip checklist. Make lasting memories in these rare and iconic locations, sought after by travellers across the globe.
There is also something to be said about venturing off the beaten track. However, we have plenty on offer for those looking for something different.
The remote Island Cays, food touring, river cruises, rainforest dining, jungle tours and indigenous cultural tours are beautiful ways to spend a couple of steps away from the crowd.
Ease into a world that runs on island time, free from worries and commitments. Port Douglas laid back atmosphere is infectious. The last thing you want to do on your hard-earned holiday is rush, and nothing here happens in a hurry.
Unfortunately, many destinations with our latitude and attitude are less than safe. Enjoy the serenity of coastal culture with a world-class sense of safety as our community prides itself on looking after each other and those that grace us with a visit.
Our locals are often the highlight of many tourists’ holidays, always keen to share a yarn or hand.
They love the place they live and want you to too. Before it became a beautiful travel destination, our town was a quaint pioneer fishing village.
Many still see it that way, so enjoy stepping back to a simpler time surrounded by kind and considerate people.
A dash of history
Port Douglas started as a port in the gold rush of the 1800s. Port Douglas’s story continued with the export of sugar cane through the 1900s. Over this time, a small fishing fleet thrived. Still, it wasn’t until the late 1970s that tourism began to unfold.
The pioneer way of living has created a kaleidoscope of historical stories. Buildings and people can only by the hands of time. Many beach destinations offer salty air and sunshine, but few have a rich history. Become immersed in the Port Douglas village.
Home to over 50 restaurants and cafes
Port Douglas’ grub will take your pallet on a journey beginning in the Atherton Tablelands, where most of our fresh produce is farmed, to the Great Barrier Reef, where we catch the freshest seafood.
The kitchens contain award-winning celebrity chefs worldwide and small family-run operations sharing a passion for serving you the best cuisine available. Feel free to browse the menus before you arrive and treat yourself to every delectable mouthful.
Accommodation for everyone
Our favourite thing about Port Douglas is that there is the perfect space for every taste, regardless of their budget or style of travel.
In previous years, the international film industry has made luxury accommodation in the area famous. The world’s most fabulous and prominent heads of state to stars of the screen and stage have flocked to the extravagant, five-star Sheraton Grand Mirage in search of a more pampered stay. Resorts like the Sheraton cater to the most high-end holidaymakers, unwinding in Spa’s with full catering, never lifting a finger.
Although this sounds fantastic, many visitors prefer to get more involved in the action. Spacious self-contained holiday units spread along Four Mile Beach, Macrossan Street, waterfront and town centre.
Leisure that won’t break the bank
Port Douglas walks a fine line, as it is financially accessible to most people looking for a tropical destination. They are offering premium services and experiences.
Our town has always focused on the quality of its services, not the number of people. However, it has also enjoyed travellers of all kinds, ranging from backpackers to family holidaymakers. It ensures that everyone can witness the natural beauty and atmosphere it offers.
Have we convinced you?
It isn’t easy to put the diversity and wonder of this town into words, but if we have convinced you to visit, here are one or two suggestions before you commit:
We love this place and are passionate about choosing the best holiday for you in our favourite Australian tourist destination.
Plan your visit to Port Douglas today