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Best Places To Stay In Port Douglas

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     Stay close to some of nature’s most incredible habitats in a luxurious coastal location. Port Douglas puts magnificent wildlife and coastline, the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef at your fingertips. Close to Cairns, there’s an enormous range of things to do and see plus stunning villa accommodation to suit every need. Here’s all you need to know about Port Douglas.

      Though North Queensland is lined with glorious beaches, Port Douglas delivers something special. Situated on the edge of Daintree National Park, between the Daintree Rainforest and Cairns, luxurious Port Douglas is a tropical dream.

      The perfect place from which to explore the lush green Daintree Rainforest and the glass-like blue of the Coral Sea, this sensational coastal town is popular with both travellers and Australians.

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      Home to an endless array of brightly coloured marine life in its waters and a kaleidoscope of majestic wildlife amongst the rainforest which skirts its shores, Port Douglas makes an unrivalled base from which to explore the astounding ecosystems of the tropical north.

      Beyond its sands lie Cape Tribulation, a magnificent collection of national parks and Cairns which is just an hour’s drive away. All this means Port Douglas is one of Australia’s top destinations and you could well find yourself bumping into a famous face or two whilst you’re here.

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Why choose Port Douglas?

     Once a heaving gold-rush town, Port Douglas became a must-do destination in the 1980s and its pull hasn’t let up since. With tropical weather, a relaxed vibe, luxurious accommodation a-plenty and a charming village feel, the town remains a trendy resort that’s played host to many well-known names.

      In town you’ll find stylish boutiques, top restaurants, chic cafes, cool bars, historic buildings and buzzing pubs.

     Four Mile Beach is Port Douglas’ famous stretch of coastline. Fine white sand lined by rock pools and palm trees edged with undulating rainforest-covered mountains is a spectacular sight. Yet you can still unwind beside the warm waters of the Coral Sea in natural surroundings because the shoreline remains largely untouched.

     You’ll revel in the range of watersports on offer and the monumental Coral Sea to explore. Enjoy kitesurfing and paddleboarding before taking one of the thrilling rainforest trails which journey from beach to rainforest.

      Tours of the Daintree and cruises, diving and snorkelling amongst the Great Barrier Reef will be top of your itinerary whilst Cairns holds further entertainment. Back at Port Douglas there are multiple top golf courses ready for those who want to remain plus exhilarating experiences taking in the ancient cultures of the local area or its fresh food credentials.

     With so much in store, first-rate Port Douglas accommodation is essential. In this sublime location you’ll find luxury holiday villas worthy of their surroundings, delivering awe-inspiring views and exceptional facilities. In fact we guarantee you won’t want to leave!

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Best things to do in Port Douglas

     From awesome experiences in nature you’ll never forget to fun amongst the buzzing cityscape of Cairns, there’s so much to see and do in and around Port Douglas. Here’s our top picks of the best things to do and see in Port Douglas.


Best things to do in Port Douglas:

The Great Barrier Reef

     You will of course, have the staggering Great Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, within your sights on arrival. One of the 7 Wonders of the World, the Reef is home to:

  • 1625 species of tropical fish in an array of bright colours guaranteed to take your breath away,
  • 30 different types of whales and dolphins,
  • 134 species of sharks and rays,
  • 7 types of endangered turtles,
  • 30 different kinds of marine mammals,
  • 23 species of seabird,
  • 900 divine tropical islands,
  • 2900 reefs
  • and more.

     To get a full sense of this record-breaking ecosystem, take a cruise through the reef on a glass-bottomed boat and dive or snorkel amongst the biggest coral reef network in the world. You might even decide to take a swim with the minke whales which inhabit its waters.

Boat tour from Cape Tribulation to Palm Cove

     Alternatively, take a boat tour from Cape Tribulation to Palm Cove and you’ll pass through mountains, rainforest, waterfalls and bays, always with the Great Barrier Reef in sight.

     For divers there will be numerous expeditions to experience the Reef’s 16 legendary dive sights. Together these sublime diving experiences make the Great Barrier Reef one of the world’s best diving locations.

     Drier experiences may find you heading to one of the sand cays at the centre of the Great Barrier Reef. Arriving by helicopter to a gourmet picnic, whilst you relax then snorkel in the sea, you’ll be lost in your own private island retreat.

Whitsunday Islands

     When visiting the buzzing city of Cairns, be sure to take a trip out to The Whitsunday Islands to experience some of these idyllic isles for yourself. Beyond The Whitsundays, Cairns offers tons of fun for all the family, with everything from Cairns Zoo and Wildlife Dome to Cairns Botanic Gardens, galleries, museums and more to keep you busy.

The Daintree Rainforest

     Second on your list is sure to be the ancient Daintree Rainforest. Dating back to the Jurassic Age, so much of the Daintree’s flora and fauna can only be found here.

     You’ll encounter an unforgettable habitat where 800 different types of native trees, endless rare native plants including orchids and strangler figs plus native animals, such as tree kangaroos, possums, cassowaries, kingfishers, koalas and saltwater crocodiles, await.

     Though the Daintree is part of the world’s oldest continuously surviving rainforest, the Wet Tropics of Queensland Rainforest and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it’s a place that’s very much alive.

     Amongst its 2800 different plant varieties, 663 animal species, staggering population of frogs, reptiles and marsupials and 230+ species of butterfly, you’ll find an extraordinary range of magnificent experiences designed to bring the habitat’s rich heritage to life.

Cultural Tours

     Take one of the many cultural tours to experience the Daintree Rainforest through the eyes and history of the local Indigenous people, the Kuku Yalanji people, formal owners of the land. Tours include everything from boomerang throwing to digeridoo playing, bush walks, traditional storytelling, dancing and more.

      Try a spa treatment rooted in ancient tradition at Daintree Eco Lodge or learn the journey of chocolate, from planation to plate, on the Daintree Estate. When evening falls, you could stay on for a candlelit meal accompanied by ancient storytelling at Flames of the Forest.

Wildlife Tours

     For flora and fauna-focused tours there is just as much choice. The raucous Army Duck Tour will take you across water and dry land to see the Daintree from every angle. For something more sedate, the Koala and Wildlife Park brings rainforest animals, such as koalas, wombats, cassowaries, dingoes, saltwater and freshwater crocodiles, up close.

     For all-round views take the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway into the rainforest or the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway or even, a hot air balloon ride through the skies above.

     Other experiences include jeep safaris, birdwatching, fishing, hiking, night tours across Cape Tribulation, cave exploration and more.

Port Douglas

     For the best shopping in town head to Macrossan Street which is the hub of Port Douglas. Shops are suitably stylish with designer stores, artisan shops and one-off boutiques lining the street.

     On Sundays, fresh local produce and handmade goods can be found at Port Douglas market. If farmers’ markets are your thing, there are regular Port Douglas festivals filled with artisan goods of every kind and a legendary Saturday market at nearby Mossman.

     If you’re staying local, popular activities on dry land include, horseriding, cycling and golf. Port Douglas is one of Australia’s best golfing destinations so head to the stunning 18-hole golf courses at Palmer Sea Reef Golf Course, the Mirage Country Club or the Mossman Golf Club.

Bump Track

      For horse-riding, a tour along Port Douglas’ rainforest-lined shoreline is not to be missed whilst experienced cyclists will enjoy the challenge of Bump Track’s steep and muddy hinterland experience.

Bally Hooley Steam Train

     For something less physical, take a historic stream train ride on the Bally Hooley Steam Train or a trip out to Cape Trib Farm where over 60 exotic fruits are grown in its fields.

Hartley’s Crocodile Farm

     For family-fun you certainly won’t forget the feeling as you travel through crocodile-infested waters by boat at Hartley’s Crocodile Farm or wander amongst the animals at Port Douglas Wildlife Habitat. Here, everything from feeding kangaroos to cuddling koalas and walking the plank over crocodile-infested waters, awaits.

Best restaurants

     Northern Queensland’s fresh produce is legendary. With the Great Barrier Reef on its shores, Port Douglas is clearly a foodie destination. Stand-out Port Douglas eateries amongst the delicious cafes, restaurants and bakeries which line its streets include:

  • Hemingway’s Brewery for local craft beer accompanied by tasty food.
  • Barbados Restaurant for sumptuous cocktails and equally irresistible meals by the water.
  • Barcelona for mouthwatering tapas.
  • Zinc for exciting contemporary Australian dishes.

Best places to stay in Port Douglas, Australia

      Whether you’re dreaming of a luxury villa by the beach with ocean views or a hilly retreat with vistas across the rainforest and out to sea, browse our stunning collection of exceptional Port Douglas villas. From villas for families and groups to romantic retreats for two, find the perfect holiday home for your stay in Northern Queensland’s tropics.

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Port Douglas, Australia Holidays: Why go?

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Best airport for travel to Port Douglas:

The best airport for Port Douglas is Cairns International Airport.

When is the best time to visit Port Douglas?

     Though Port Douglas has visitors throughout the year, the best time to visit is from April to October. Plan to travel between June and October if you want the best conditions for wildlife experiences or September to October for top diving. For whale-watching the optimum time is August to September when humpback whales are easy to spot.

      October to May is stinger season. Though stings aren’t common, jellyfish and Irukandji are present in the water and you’ll need to wear a stinger suit when diving. Meanwhile, December to February is the wet season with rain appearing daily.

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