Port Douglas Traveller Information

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  • Where is Port Douglas?
  • How far is Port Douglas from Cairns?
  • How to get to Port Douglas
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Welcome to Port Douglas,

We’re thrilled that you’ve chosen this breathtaking tropical paradise as your destination.  Prepare for an unforgettable experience filled with stunning natural beauty, vibrant marine life, and a laid-back atmosphere that will make you feel right at home.  Whether you’re seeking relaxation on pristine beaches, exciting outdoor adventures, or exploring the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef, Port Douglas has something for everyone.  Here’s some essential information to make your visit truly memorable:

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Semi submarine snorkeling Stand up Paddleboard Sunset Cruise Swimming  Underwater Observatory
Waterfalls wildlife Zipline zoo


Port Douglas enjoys a tropical climate, with warm temperatures year-round.  The summer months (December to February) are hot and humid, while the winter (June to August) offer milder temperatures.  Don’t forget to pack your sunscreen, hat, and light, breathable clothing to stay comfortable in the tropical heat.

Getting here:

The nearest airport to Port Douglas is Cairns Airport, located approximately 70 kilometres south of the town.  You can rent a car from the airport, book a shuttle service, or take a taxi to Port Douglas.  The scenic drive from Cairns to Port Douglas takes about an hour along the spectacular Captain Cook Highway.


Port Douglas offers various accommodation options to suit every budget and preference.  You’ll find the perfect place to stay, from luxurious resorts and boutique hotels to cosy bed-and-breakfasts and self-catering apartments.  Ensure you book your accommodations well in advance, especially during peak travel seasons.

Things to do:

The Great Barrier Reef is undoubtedly one of the highlights of any visit to Port Douglas.  Explore this underwater wonderland through snorkelling or diving tours, or take a scenic helicopter or boat ride for a bird’s-eye view.  If you’re a nature enthusiast, don’t miss the UNESCO-listed Daintree Rainforest, where you can embark on guided hikes, spot unique wildlife, and cool off in refreshing waterfalls.

Four Mile Beach

Port Douglas is blessed with Four Mile Beach, a stunning stretch of golden sand that invites you to relax, swim, or take leisurely walks along the shoreline.  Swimming is safe on the beach because lifeguards are on duty, but it’s always important to heed the warnings and swim between the flags.

Shopping and dining

Macrossan Street is the central hub for shopping and dining in Port Douglas.  Here, you’ll find an array of boutique shops, art galleries, and charming cafes and restaurants.  Indulge in fresh seafood, tropical fruits, and delicious local cuisine, and don’t forget to try the famous Daintree ice cream made from tropical rainforest fruits.

Day trips and excursions

Mossman Gorge

Port Douglas is a gateway to many exciting trips and tours.  Consider taking a scenic drive to Mossman Gorge for a refreshing swim in crystal-clear waters or joining a crocodile-spotting cruise on the Daintree River.  You can also hop on a Kuranda Scenic Railway or Skyrail Rainforest Cableway to explore the lush rainforest from a different perspective.

Events and festivals:

Throughout the year, Port Douglas hosts various events showcasing the region’s culture, arts, and natural wonders.  The Port Douglas Carnival, held in May, is a vibrant celebration featuring food and wine, live music, and a grand parade.  Check the local events calendar to see if something exciting is happening during your visit.

Traveller information on getting here and around Port Douglas and the region during your stay makes navigating easy.Cairns to Port Douglas

Where is Port Douglas?

Port Douglas is located in North Queensland, Australia, approximately 70 kilometres north of Cairns.

How far is Port Douglas from Cairns?

From Cairns, the road trip to Port Douglas is approximately 70 kilometres, and in normal traffic conditions, it takes one hour and ten minutes.

Check out our listings if you need buses, limousines, helicopters, visas, money, healthcare, and more.

How do you get to Port Douglas?

Flying to North Queensland: Cairns International and Domestic Airports are your first port of call when planning a visit to Port Douglas.  Once you arrive, a wide range of on-road services will deliver you safely to your Port Douglas accommodation.

Organising your Port Douglas transfers in advance when you arrive at Cairns airport is best.

Getting Around

The small town centre of Port Douglas means walking around the main streets is effortless.

Many large resorts are along the main road into the town centre, and shuttles move between the alternatives—the town and the marina.

Find your way around with our Port Douglas map.

Public transport is limited, though a regulated taxi service and Uber exist.

Hire cars are available for travelling distances, but if you are venturing off the beaten track, you will need a 4WD vehicle to join a tour.

Walking or hiring a bike is the best way to get around if you stay in Port Douglas.  Tour operators often include pick-up from and drop-off to your accommodation in their ticket prices, so check this when planning your itinerary.

Traveller Information for Port Douglas

Cairns is the first port of call for international and domestic visitors to Port Douglas, whether by airline, rail, or road, into the Far North Queensland region.

The best way from Cairns to Port Douglas is along the coastal road, an hour’s journey in a rental car or bus.

Also, you can travel by cruise vessel docking at Port Douglas Marina.  For the ultimate experience, travel by helicopter.

Once you arrive in Port Douglas, you can  plan the best things to do

Head over to our Port Douglas weather page for the best time to visit Port Douglas.

Port Douglas Emergency Numbers

  1. Police, Fire, and Ambulance: Call this number in case of a life-threatening emergency or when immediate assistance is required.
  2. Port Douglas Police Station: Phone: (07) 4087 1999
  3. Port Douglas Hospital (Mossman Hospital): Phone: (07) 4226 3100 Address: 9 Hospital St, Mossman QLD 4873 (approximately 20 minutes drive from Port Douglas)
  4. Queensland Ambulance Service (non-emergency transport): Phone: 13 12 33

Please remember that these numbers are specific to the Port Douglas area. Suppose you’re visiting from overseas or are in a different region within Australia. In that case, you can still dial 000 for any emergency, and the operator will connect you to the appropriate service. Additionally, for non-emergency situations, you can call the general police assistance line at 131 444.

Remember to relax, soak up the tropical ambience, and embrace the friendly atmosphere of Port Douglas.  We hope you have an incredible time exploring this slice of paradise.  Safe travels, and enjoy your stay!

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