Port Douglas is located 70km northwest of Cairns and is the epitome of sophistication and style set in the tropics. Boasting exclusive resorts, award winning restaurants, designer shopping and pristine beaches, this prestigious village is also the gateway to World Heritage Rainforest and the World Heritage Great Barrier Reef.
The entrance to town displays class in itself. A perfect collection of palms line the street and the welcome feels warm already, it is absolutely gorgeous. The town is focused around Macrossan Street, the bustling shopping strip overflowing with cafes, restaurants, pubs and boutiques. The strip is always bursting with activity.
Four Mile Beach is equally as popular as the town centre. This delightful palm-fringed beach with mountain views casts a magical holiday atmosphere. Beach lounges and umbrellas are available for hire to guarantee a comfortable day at the beach. Lifeguards are stationed here and barbeque and picnic facilities are on the foreshore.
St Mary’s By The Sea is a charming little church popular for weddings. The church is non-denominational and is situated right by the Coral Sea in a beautiful setting. Adjacent to the church is Anzac Park where Sunday markets are held weekly.
Great Barrier Reef tours and fishing charters depart daily from the Meridien Marina. Cruise or sail the reef on one of the many tours on offer from local operators. Snorkelling, introductory diving and experienced diving tours are available. Tour groups include transfers to and from the marina, collecting you from your accommodation.
Port Douglas not only has the Great Barrier Reef at its doorstep, it also boasts Daintree National Park, Mossman Gorge and Cape Tribulation all within close vicinity and is the only destination privileged to possess two World Heritage Listed sites side by side.
Accommodation is plentiful here. There is a huge variety to meet everyone’s need and budgets, ranging from 5 star resorts, to apartments and villas, caravan parks and backpacker hostels. This popular holiday destination for the rich and famous and the budget conscious traveller is in peak season between June and October and the one hour drive from Cairns is simply stunning.
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Destinations in Queensland
Daintree National Park
Tin Can Bay
Undara Volcanic National Park
Return from Port Douglas to Queensland