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 all fortunate enough to visit. Travellers of all ages and origins have cherished their time in this unique 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 in their lifetime, 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 pristine section of it, unaffected by the bleaching damage that has sadly occurred elsewhere.
The Northern Ribbon Reefs will blow your mind, bursting with life and colour, waiting to be explored. 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 away. It’s the world’s oldest rainforest, so ancient in fact that some plant species have been dated back 110 million years.
Find out why Sir David Attenborough called this lush canopy “The most extraordinary place on earth” and understand how its raw, unfiltered beauty inspired Avatar. Choose the experience that best suits you while getting lost in this prehistoric world with a diverse range of 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 in search of a tan and an ocean breeze.
You will never feel crowded as the shore stretches out across the coast with enough room for everyone to relax. The beach is 100m wide at low tide, but make sure you’re ready to 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 over the summer, so take your pick!
The enchanting Macrossa Street
Stunning, picturesque, and vibrant are three words we frequently hear when visitors describe this particular street. Lined with flowering trees, it runs from the port to Four Mile Beach with alfresco cafes, restaurants, boutique retail and a wide range of accommodation on offer.
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 top of the Port Douglas trip checklist for a reason. 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 a little different.
The remote Island Cays, food touring, river cruises, rainforest dining, jungle tours and indigenous cultural tours are beautiful ways to spend the day a couple of steps away from the crowd.
Ease into a world that runs on island time, free from worries and commitments. Port Douglas is laid back, and it’s infectious. The very last thing you want to do on your hard-earned holiday is rush, and nothing here happens in a hurry.
Unfortunately, many destinations that share 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 Port Douglas holiday, always keen to share a yarn or lend a 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 more simple time surrounded by kind and considerate people.
A dash of history
Port Douglas was established 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 be fashioned by the hands of time. Many beach destinations offer salty air and sunshine, but few have a rich history like ours. 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 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 in the tropics. Feel free to browse the menus here before you arrive and get excited to treat yourself with 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.
The international film industry has made luxury accommodation in the area famous in previous years. From heads of state to stars of the screen and stage, the world’s most fabulous and famous have flocked to the extravagant and 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 to some, 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. They facilitate a self-catered stay that won’t hurt your wallet.
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. Cheap and nasty goals are not worth the visit or your valuable free time.
Our town has always focused on the quality of its services, not the number of people that come through. 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 has to offer.
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’s one or two suggestions before you commit:
Finally, we have worked hard to create a resource that you can use to check out as much of Port Douglas as is possible before you visit.
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We love this place and are passionate about ensuring you choose the best holiday for you in our favourite Australian tourist destination.