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From glamorous Four Mile Beach to the wilderness of Dickson Inlet, picturesque Port Douglas has become an international holiday mecca – just 70 kilometres north of Cairns. Development is low-rise, low-key and relaxing. It is regarded as the most popular base from which to explore the northern areas of the reef and rainforest coast of Daintree and Cape Tribulation.

Despite its popularity and sophisticated five star accommodation, it retains a close community atmosphere. Sharing the same tropical latitude as Tahiti, Port Douglas still attracts visitors for its old fashioned charm, wide streets shaded by trees and superb holiday attractions. There are more than 100 day tour options which depart Port Douglas daily.

Discover Port Douglas

Once a sleepy seaside village, Port Douglas has become a vibrant resort town yet has retained its timeless air. It's not just the reef, the golf and the fishing.. the fabulous bars, cafes, restaurants and warm, sea-touched breezes make this haven a must. Port Douglas is located in 71km north of Cairns. It is a base point for accessing to Great Barrier Reef and Daintree. Set on a lush peninsula between the Dickson Bay and Four Mile beach, the Port Douglas area has beautiful white sand, resort hotels, holiday apartments, yacht harbour and a number of golf courses. This shopping and dining area of "Marina Mirage" offers good restaurants and plenty of luxury & clothe shopping.
As a popular starting point to explore the Daintree and Cape tribulation Port Douglas is an easy place to hire 4WD for day trips or longer touring routes into the rainforest. If visitors don’t want to venture too far from the beach The Rainforest Habitat Wildlife Sanctuary is worth a visit to see koalas, kangaroos and crocodiles up close and in their natural environment.

Activites and Experiences at Port Douglas

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Prepare to be captivated by the sheer quality, professionalism and enthusiasm exhibited by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders of the Tropical North. From the compelling displays of indigenous outdoor performance troupes to the award winning business acumen of the local arts and crafts people, this region has pioneered a new and dynamic style of cultural presentation that has become a benchmark for indigenous Australians.
  • Art and Craft making A large range of arts and crafts is available within the area, or visit the local craft markets every Sunday.
  • Ballooning
  • Motorcycling
  • Mountain Biking
  • Quad Bike Riding
  • Birdwatching For many years bird watching clubs around the globe have put Tropical North Queensland high on their itineraries. In all 509 of the 700 species of birds in Australia can be seen in the Tropical North.
  • Bungy Jumping
  • Bushwalking Port Douglas has many different Bush/Rainforest walking tracks, for both the beginner and the experienced walker. These walks have spectacular views as well as native flora and fauna.
  • Camping Port Douglas offers caravan and camping grounds.
  • Canoeing
  • City Sightseeing
  • Crabbing
  • Cruising Port Douglas offers a variety of cruises available in order to explore the Great Barrier Reef where you can view spectacular coral and marine life. . There are also local cruises around Dickinson Inlet which play home to many birds and also marine life.
  • Cycling
  • Scuba-Diving There are a range of companies that go to the Great Barrier Reef every day of the year ranging from budget to luxury vessels. All have the required equipment and experienced staff to make your scuba diving experience in the Great Barrier Reef unforgettable.
  • Driving Port Douglas offers some of the most scenic drives in the region including the coastal road to Cairns, offering spectacular views over the Coral Sea.
  • Farm/Station activity
  • Fishing – Beach Four Mile beach in Port Douglas offers great beach fishing.
  • Fishing – Estuary The numerous estuaries around Port Douglas provide great estuary fishing.
  • Fishing – Trout/Fly
  • Fishing – Game Big game fishing for the sleek black marlin has put the Tropical North squarely on the international fishing map and for decades now the region has long been known as the black marlin capital of the world.
  • Fishing – Deep Sea
  • Exercising Whether it be a stroll along Four Mile Beach or a visit to one of the health clubs in the area, a good work out is easily obtained.
  • Flora
  • Fruit Picking There are many Fruit farms a short distance from Port Douglas including, Mangos, Bananas and Lychees.
  • Gambling
  • Game Playing
  • Golfing Port Douglas offers a great choice of course for both the enthusiastic and the more serious golfer. Both clubs and golf buggies are available for hire.
  • Horseriding
  • Kayaking
  • Seakayaking There are several companies in Port Douglas that operates sea kayaking tours.
  • Learning/Lessons/Tuition
  • Meditating/Relaxing
  • Animal Riding
  • Sailing Exploring the surrounding Islands by day or an extended charter Port Douglas offers a wide range of sailing options.
  • Scenic Flight What better way to spend some time, than taking a scenic flight over the Great Barrier Reef where you will witness some of the most spectacular view in the world by plane or helicopter.
  • Shopping A wide range of local and international boutique shops make shopping an integral part of Port Douglas.
  • Sightseeing Surrounded by some of the most beautiful natural scenery, a short walk or drive provides unlimited sightseeing opportunities.
  • Skydiving
  • Snorkelling There are a range of companies that go to the Great Barrier Reef every day of the year ranging from budget to luxury vessels. All have the required equipment and experienced staff to make your snorkelling experience in the Great Barrier Reef unforgettable.
  • Sports Participate Port Douglas offers a wide range of both land and water based sports to participate in.
  • Sports Viewing
  • Spotlighting
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Theme Park
  • Train Ride There is a train in Port Douglas that offers visitors a short scenic train ride from the outskirts of town to the marina.
  • Bush Tucker
  • Animal Viewing Port Douglas has a variety of different animal parks where you can view anything from native birds to koalas, kangaroos, crocodiles and snakes.
  • Marine Animal watching The Great Barrier Reef is home to 1500 species of fish and thousands of different molluscs and crustaceans. Boat tours operate out of Port Douglas to the Great Barrier Reef every day of the year. The Great Barrier Reef is the creation of some 400 species of coral.
  • Walking
  • Water-based Port Douglas offers a wide range of water based activities from jet skiing to parasailing.
  • Accommodation
  • Ambulance
  • Automatic Teller Machine
  • Banking Facilities
  • Beach
  • Boat Ramp
  • Bottled Gas
  • Chemist
  • Cinema/Theatre
  • Licensed Club
  • Service Club
  • Coach Stop
  • Convention Centre
  • Currency Exchange
  • Dentist
  • Electronic Funds Transfer at Point Of Sale
  • Fuel
  • Golf
  • Hospital
  • Public Bar
  • Jetty
  • Dog Kennels/Catteries
  • Mechanical Services
  • Medical Facilities
  • National Park
  • Newsagent
  • Police
  • Post Office
  • Public Telephone
  • Rail Terminal
  • Restaurant
  • Sporting Facilities
  • Supermarket
  • Swimming Pool
  • Takeaway Food
  • Tennis Court
  • Visitor Centres
  • Places of Worship
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Prepare to be captivated by the sheer quality, professionalism and enthusiasm exhibited by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders of the Tropical North. From the compelling displays of indigenous outdoor performance troupes to the award winning business acumen of the local arts and crafts people, this region has pioneered a new and dynamic style of cultural presentation that has become a benchmark for indigenous Australians.
  • Active
  • Adventure If your idea of the perfect holiday is less relaxation and more adventure then Port Douglas is the perfect place for you. Whether it be diving the Great Barrier Reef, a four wheel drive adventure into the Daintree or gliding over the Coral Sea on a jet ski. Port Douglas can be as adventurous as you want it to be.
  • Aussie Lifestyle Port Douglas is a fantastic location for the Great Aussie Lifestyle. Great beaches, plenty of open space and a laid back friendly atmosphere.
  • Beach In Port Douglas you will find all the ingredients for an idyllic tropical holiday: warm seas, water sports and miles of uncrowded sand with a sweeping backdrop of rainforest mountains.
  • Caravan and Camping
  • City
  • Cruise Port Douglas offers a variety of cruises available in order to explore the Great Barrier Reef where you can view spectacular coral and marine life. . There are also local cruises around Dickinson Inlet which play home to many birds and also marine life.
  • Cultural Culture in the northern tropics is a reflection of its people and their lifestyle. Visitors can choose form a range of cultural experiences, including theatre, dance and bush tucker presentations.
  • Diving There are a range of companies that go to the Great Barrier Reef every day of the year ranging from budget to luxury vessels. All have the required equipment and experienced staff to make your scuba diving experience in the Great Barrier Reef unforgettable.
  • Eco Tourism Port Douglas has many eco-accredited companies that will take you on an eco-tour/guide through the region.
  • Educational Port Douglas has many tours that are very educational in the natural environment.
  • Environmental Walking through the lush tropical rainforest or diving the Great Barrier Reef, Port Douglas is the perfect place if you are interested in the natural environment.
  • Fishing All types of fishing are well serviced from Port Douglas. Whether it is game, estuary or beach.
  • Flora and Fauna
  • Gambling Many of the local hotels offer poker and Tote Australia Betting (TAB) facilities.
  • Golf Port Douglas offers a great choice of course for both the enthusiastic and the more serious golfer. Both clubs and golf buggies are available for hire.
  • Health and Fitness Whether it be a stroll along Four Mile Beach or a visit to one of the health clubs in the area a good work out is easily obtained.
  • Historic/Heritage
  • Homestay
  • Honeymoon Port Douglas offers an idyllic location for honeymooners.
  • Industry/Mining, Agriculture
  • Island
  • Indulgence/Luxury Port Douglas hasn’t gained it’s reputation as a destination for the rich and famous without good reason. Port Douglas offers you the opportunity to pamper yourself in luxurious surroundings.
  • Marine The Great Barrier reef is home to 1500 species of fish and thousands of different molluscs and crustaceans. Boat tours operate out of Port Douglas to the Great Barrier Reef every day of the year.
  • Mountain Overlooking Port Douglas is Flagstaff Hill, which is the best place to capture the striking views of the town and its superb beach.
  • National Park The country’s most beautiful national parks are to be found on Port Douglas’ door step.
  • Nature based Port Douglas is an ideal location for nature based experiences with it’s wondrous surroundings of reef and rainforest.
  • Nightlife Port Douglas offers a great choice of nightlife including bars, restaurants and nightclubs.
  • Off road
  • Outback From Port Douglas, the road leads through rainforests, across rivers and mountains, past swamps and lakes and before you know it, you’re truly in the bush.
  • Pub Stay
  • Rail Port Douglas has a train that runs from the outskirts of town to the marina.
  • Rainforest The World Heritage listed rainforest surrounding Port Douglas are some of the oldest on earth.
  • Reef Visiting the Great Barrier Reef is, quite simply, the adventure of a lifetime. Port Douglas offers easy access to the world’s largest marine park.
  • Relaxation What better way to relax than laying under a palm tree on the beach.
  • Remote Total tranquillity, miles of deserted beaches, undisturbed coves.
  • Romance Take a romantic flight over to one of the islands for a romantic dinner or a stroll along the beach or why not enjoy a spa and relaxing massage together?
  • Soft Adventure
  • Science and Technology
  • Shopping Port Douglas offers a range of small boutique shops offering a wide choice.
  • Sport Port Douglas offers a wide range of sporting facilities including tennis and golf.
  • Water based With the sea at our doorstep, it’s natural that so many of you sporting pleasures are water related. Boating, scuba diving and fishing are the clear winners, with activities such as sail boarding, canoeing, jet-skiing and yachting attraction a healthy following.
  • Wilderness Port Douglas is surrounded by pristine wilderness mountains, creeks and waterfalls.
  • Wildflower A wide range of tropical fauna can be viewed within the area.
  • Wildlife Cruise for crocodiles along the mangroves and feel your adrenalin rise when you spot one, or get up early and have breakfast with the birds.
  • World Heritage Two world heritage areas are found side by side on the reef and rainforest coast.
  • RTN, QH and National Distributors (TQ)

Nearest Airport: Cairns International and Cairns Domestic Airports

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