Port Douglas

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Port Douglas featuring a sunset, general coastal views and views

This former fishing village’s easy access to the Great Barrier Reef is just one of the draws of this famous vacation paradise.

In tropical Port Douglas the unique ecosystem of the Daintree Rainforest meets the biggest barrier reef in the world. This perfect combination makes this laid-back Queensland town popular with visitors from all over the world.

A lush rainforest and a pristine beach lined with waving palm trees are just some of the town’s attractions. The Sunday craft markets, lunches on breezy pub balconies, a tropical zoo, art galleries and boutique stores are other appealing highlights.

Walk or drive to Island Point Lookout for excellent views over Four Mile Beach and beyond. Port Douglas’ environmentally minded residents have always opposed beach development; this explains the lack of high-rise buildings, which adds to the area’s appeal. Stroll along the water’s edge and take a dip in the warm ocean tide. In summer, poisonous jellyfish inhabit the Coral Sea, so wear adequate protection or stick to beachcombing.

Book a cruise to explore the Great Barrier Reef. All boats depart from the Marina Mirage. One of the shortest tours available is a cruise to Low Isles, with its historic lighthouse, turtles and sting rays. Most trips take a day and allow you to scuba dive and snorkel along the outer reefs.

On the weekend, head to the Sunday markets at Anzac Park to meet the artistic locals and shop for souvenirs. Come back later for sunset views of the historic Port Douglas Sugar Wharf standing over the Coral Sea.

Port Douglas is full of accommodation options, from hostels and town houses to spa resorts. High season is between November and May, the hottest part of the year. The town is small enough to walk around and buses and taxis can drop you off at major attractions.

The freshwater creek of Mossman Gorge, on the edge of the precious Daintree Rainforest, is just a 20-minute drive away. Rental cars and tours can be booked in town.

Port Douglas is one of Australia’s best vacation destinations if you love sunshine, beaches and snorkeling in the tropics.

Oaks Port Douglas Resort
Oaks Port Douglas Resort
4.5 out of 5
87 Port Douglas Road, Port Douglas, QLD
The price is $96 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 27
This family-friendly Port Douglas hotel is located near the beach, within 2 mi (3 km) of Four Mile Beach and Wildlife Habitat. Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina ...
4.3/5Excellent! (989 reviews)
"Easy and friendly check in."

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2021

Oaks Port Douglas Resort
Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Port Douglas
Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Port Douglas
5 out of 5
Port Douglas Road, Port Douglas, QLD
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $210 per night from Oct 6 to Oct 6
Offering direct access to the beach, this Port Douglas resort is within 2 mi (3 km) of Four Mile Beach, Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina, and Sugar Wharf. Wildlife ...
4.4/5Excellent! (626 reviews)
"Fantastic hotel for our family. We had a very nice room and enjoyed the awesome swimming pools and location right on the beach that is perfect for a morning or evening walk. We had low expectations for the food options having read some of the reviews here, but we found the food was absolutely fine ..."

Reviewed on Jul 23, 2021

Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Port Douglas
Peppers Beach Club
Peppers Beach Club
5 out of 5
20-22 Davidson St, Port Douglas, QLD
The price is $188 per night from Oct 7 to Oct 7
Situated on the beach, this luxury resort is within a 15-minute walk of Four Mile Beach, Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina, and Sugar Wharf. Wildlife Habitat and ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (742 reviews)
"Relaxed atmosphere. Close to Macrossan St. Amazing pool ground floor access. Will be back!"

Reviewed on May 8, 2021

Peppers Beach Club
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Villa San Michele (Official)
Villa San Michele (Official)
4.5 out of 5
39-41 Macrossan Street, Port Douglas, QLD
The price is $125 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 27
Located in the heart of Port Douglas, this luxury villa is within a 10-minute walk of Macrossan Street, Four Mile Beach, and Sugar Wharf. Crystalbrook Superyacht ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (373 reviews)
"Great location. Easy walk to the pier & 4 mile beach. Plenty of shopping nearby. Be aware though that there are no lifts in this property so if you are an older person you have to take your bags up several flights of stairs."

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2021

Villa San Michele (Official)
By The Sea Port Douglas
By The Sea Port Douglas
4 out of 5
72 Macrossan Street, Port Douglas, QLD
The price is $142 per night from Oct 23 to Oct 23
Situated by the ocean, this apartment building is steps from Four Mile Beach and Macrossan Street. Anzac Park and Sugar Wharf are also within 15 minutes.
4.8/5Exceptional! (529 reviews)
"Great location, very close to the beach as well as restaurants, cafes etc. very cool updated style with a super comfy king size bed and all the essentials."

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2021

By The Sea Port Douglas
Silkari Lagoons Port Douglas
Silkari Lagoons Port Douglas
4.5 out of 5
2 Langley Road, Port Douglas, QLD
Situated by the ocean, this luxury apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Four Mile Beach Park and Four Mile Beach. Wildlife Habitat and Crystalbrook ...
4.2/5Very Good! (786 reviews)
"It has one heated pool out of four lagoons but the swim out was nice. Close walk to Beach Shack for dinner and St Crispins Choo Choo cafe for breakfast. Both yummy. Port has shuttle buses that cost around $5 per person to ride into town and back. just call the mobile number and they will come past ..."

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2021

Silkari Lagoons Port Douglas
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Getting around Port Douglas

Downtown Port Douglas is compact and easy to walk around. If you’re staying out of town, you might prefer to rent a car to explore at your own pace; there are several rental offices in town. A charming way to get around is the Ballyhooley Steam Railway, a vintage train line which runs between the Marina Mirage and St. Crispin’s station. There is also a limited bus network operating in and around town. Visit the Department of Transport and Main Roads website.Browse Port Douglas rental cars.

Best time to visit

Port Douglas has a tropical climate with wet and dry seasons, but is a great destination year round. The rainy season, from November to April, sees heavy rainfall and average high temperatures in the high 80s F (low 30s C); however, this time of year is very lush and green. The winter has average high temperatures in the mid 70s F (mid 20s C) and is much drier, so the weather can be more pleasant.

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