Port Douglas Visitor Information
Picturesque Port Douglas is located just 70 kilometres north of Cairns International Airport along a spectacular scenic coastal drive. Holidaymakers enjoy Port Douglas’ natural beauty and exceptional year-round climate. Its relaxed seaside village ambience blends superbly with the vibrant atmosphere of tropical style and sophistication. It captures visitors by the heart and has made Port Douglas a favourite international destination.
Nestled at the end of a peninsula, the tranquil waters of a natural harbour on one side of the village embrace a lively marina. Along the other side of the peninsula stretches the breathtaking sandy sweep of beautiful Four Mile Beach.
Soak up the sunshine on the beach, stroll among the village shops, galleries, historic buildings and the seaside Sunday market. Play a round of golf, visit a rainforest wildlife centre, relax over drinks at dusk at a boardwalk café, or dine on a delicious tropical dinner at one of the many fine restaurants.
Port Douglas Overview
Port Douglas is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, a natural wonder abundant with incredible biodiversity. Colourful coral gardens of every shape and form, home to an abundant array of tropical marine life. There’s a reef tour to suit every style, making it so easily accessible that everyone can experience this extraordinary underwater world.
The World Heritage rainforests are also within easy reach of Port Douglas. The lush green coastal strip of the Daintree, Cape Tribulation region to the north of Port Douglas is home to some of the oldest forests in the world and is a treasure trove of rare plant and animal species.
Port Douglas Accommodation Options
Holiday accommodation in Port Douglas is available to meet all expectations and budgets, encompassing luxury resorts, rainforest retreats, self-contained family apartments, campgrounds, backpacker hostels and budget accommodation.
Exciting Dining Options
There are over 60 restaurants and cafés in town, offering fresh seafood, Australian, Mediterranean, Asian and other exotic dishes. Most restaurants are also licensed, offering a wide range of Australian and overseas wines. A number of conveniently located bottle shops allow visitors to purchase their preferred beverage for those restaurants that are not licensed. Reservations are recommended at all times to avoid disappointment.
Port Douglas Shopping Information
An amazing choice of retail shops and galleries await your visit to Port Douglas. You can buy anything from a simple locally produced souvenir to famous designer clothing and luxury items. Local indigenous art and crafts are available alongside labels such as Louis Vuitton, Coogi and Lacoste. Take your time for some serious shopping, or just stroll and take in the tropical village atmosphere.
The Port Douglas Sunday Markets at the northern end of the main street is a must to visit during your stay. You will be amazed at the number of stalls and the variety of produce available from locally grown tropical fruits to locally produced gifts and souvenirs. The Sunday Markets are open from 8am to midday every Sunday.
Other Port Douglas Information
Port Douglas, boasts a superb tropical climate all year and combined with its charming, friendly, village atmosphere, is the perfect place to “get away from it all”. From Port Douglas, you can explore the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef and the World Heritage listed rainforest of the Daintree and Cape Tribulation National Parks, the Mossman Gorge, the Atherton Tablelands and outback Queensland.
Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey spent weeks in Port Douglas during the filming of Fool’s Gold in Port Douglas. The area is also the holiday haven to some of our best known celebrities including visitors like Bill Clinton, John Farnham, George Clooney, Rachel Griffith, John Travolta, Mick Jagger and even Harry Potter just to name a few. So when strolling through the village keep an eye out to see if you can spot a famous face.