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Port Douglas Sugar Wharf

A former working dock and now a popular venue for weddings on the water, the restored jetty has long been an icon for this tropical town. 

Each luxury yacht or sailing catamaran going out to the Great Barrier Reef or coming back to port passes the historic structure of the Sugar Wharf on the Dickson Inlet. This once weathered landmark for sailors heading for Port Douglas has been upgraded and is now an extremely popular venue for weddings over the water. It is also one of the most photographed sights in this famous tourist town.

Originally built for the shipping of sugar cane to other Australian destinations, the Sugar Wharf is now one of the town’s most cherished historic landmarks. Trains ran from the sugar mill in nearby Mossman to the wharf. The first road to Cairns, the nearest city in Far North Queensland, caused the shipping of sugar cane by boat to come to an end in 1958. 

Bring your camera for a striking photo of the jetty with its white wooden shed standing out against the natural backdrop of green palm trees and deep blue water. Pylons along the platform allow boats to moor here. More commonly wedding parties, and not sailors or fishermen, now visit the pier.

Before the upgrade of the jetty, people came here to catch fish from the pier, enjoy a takeaway meal at sunset or visit a shipwreck museum informing the town’s visitors about the marine past of Port Douglas. The museum was closed and its building revamped with a bar, dance floor and dining tables to become a wedding venue. Book your ceremony to be held inside or on the jetty with the sparkling blue water in the background. 

The nearby chapel, St. Mary’s by the Sea, and the rolling mountains across the inlet of the Coral Sea make this both a practical and idyllic setting for these memorable events. 

Further along the Dickson Inlet is the Marina Mirage, the town’s port. From there, cruises depart for the Great Barrier Reef.

The Port Douglas Sugar Wharf can be seen from the small beach at the south end of Anzac Park.  Visit this beach at sunset to get the best photos of the jetty.


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Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Port Douglas $120
Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Port Douglas

Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Port Douglas

Port Douglas Road, Port Douglas, QLD
     
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    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 Habitat and Mossman Gorge are also within 12 mi (20 km).

    Mantra On The Inlet $85
    Mantra On The Inlet

    Mantra On The Inlet

    Corner Wharf & Macrossan Street, Port Douglas, QLD
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in the heart of Port Douglas, this hotel is steps from Court House Museum and Macrossan Street. Four Mile Beach is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) away.

      Peppers Beach Club $127
      Peppers Beach Club

      Peppers Beach Club

      20-22 Davidson St, Port Douglas, QLD
         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Nestled on the beach, this Port Douglas resort is within a 15-minute walk of Four Mile Beach, Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina, and Sugar Wharf. Wildlife Habitat and Mossman Gorge are also within 16 mi (25 km).

        Hibiscus Resort & Spa
        Hibiscus Resort & Spa

        Hibiscus Resort & Spa

        22 Owen Street, Port Douglas, QLD
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated near the beach, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Macrossan Street and Four Mile Beach. Port Village Shopping Centre and Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina are also within 10 minutes.

          Club Tropical Resort Port Douglas $103
          Club Tropical Resort Port Douglas

          Club Tropical Resort Port Douglas

          Corner Macrossan & Wharf Street, Port Douglas, QLD
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in the heart of Port Douglas, this hotel is steps from St Mary's by the Sea Chapel, Anzac Park, and Sugar Wharf. Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina and Four Mile Beach are also within 15 minutes.

            Mantra Heritage $85
            Mantra Heritage

            Mantra Heritage

            16 Warner Street, Port Douglas, QLD
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in the heart of Port Douglas, this hotel is steps from Port Village Shopping Centre and Macrossan Street. Four Mile Beach is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) away.

              Mantra In The Village $94
              Mantra In The Village

              Mantra In The Village

              Grant Street, Port Douglas, QLD
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in the heart of Port Douglas, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Macrossan Street and Four Mile Beach. Port Village Shopping Centre and St Mary's by the Sea Chapel are also within 5 minutes.

                Mantra Aqueous on Port $96
                Mantra Aqueous on Port

                Mantra Aqueous on Port

                3-5 Davidson Street, Port Douglas, QLD
                   
                  4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Port Douglas, this luxury apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Macrossan Street and Four Mile Beach. Port Village Shopping Centre and Court House Museum are also within 10 minutes.