PORT DOUGLAS
Port Douglas has no traffic lights and no parking meters. The proud people of Port Douglas fought a valiant battle to stop the McDonalds restaurant chain from setting up camp in their charming little town. Eventually, the Supreme Court found in favour of the restaurant giant, but to this day there are no golden arches. So come and enjoy the charm of Port Douglas... but bring your own Big Macs!
PORT DOUGLAS IS, IN ITS OWN RIGHT, A WONDERFUL DESTINATION- FAVOURED BY VISITING MOVIE STARS AND CELEBRITIES. WE HAVE ALSO INCLUDED ON THIS PAGE ANY POINTS OF INTEREST THAT ARE WITHIN A HALF HOUR DRIVE OF PORT DOUGLAS.
Picturesque Port Douglas, in Tropical North Queensland.

Picturesque Port Douglas is just 70 kilometres north of Cairns International Airport, along a spectacular scenic coastal drive. Though a favourite destination for travellers of all walks, from scruffy backpackers to the rich and famous, Port Douglas has somehow managed to maintain its Tropical North Queensland seaside village charm. The town's relaxed ambience blends with the vibrant style of the sophisticated resorts and eateries to form a unique atmosphere that you won't find anywhere else in the world. An atmosphere that captures the hearts of visitors, an atmosphere that Port Douglas is very protective of.

Development in Port Douglas is limited to the height of the tallest tree. That generally means a maximum of three storeys, so you won't find towering skyscrapers spoiling your view here. In fact, many of the low-key resorts are tucked discretely into the forests around Port Douglas, and sometimes you wonder where all the tourists are.

Aerial view of Port Douglas.Port Douglas largely owes its status as a major tourist destination to CHRISTOPHER SKASE, who played a key role in putting the formerly small town on the international tourist map when he built two resorts in the town that were among the largest in Australia.

If you are looking for an escape from the hustle and bustle of Cairns, Port Douglas is your perfect choice. And don't feel that you'll be left out of the action, because Port Douglas is well serviced with sailing, diving, snorkelling and fishing tours to the Great Barrier Reef, as well as tours to the Daintree Rainforest and the Northern Outback. Besides, almost all of the tour operators who depart from Cairns also offer transfers from Port Douglas. So it's the best of both worlds!

Heading north from Port Douglas, it's only 16 kilometres till you reach Mossman, a sugar growing town and the regional centre for the sugar industry. Visit our MOSSMAN page for more details about the town and the wonderful MOSSMAN GORGE, with its cool, clear freshwater swimming holes.

If you want to explore the region at your own pace, with the freedom and flexibility that you can only achieve by having your own wheels, please fill out the enquiry form on our CAR HIRE page. It might be a lot cheaper than you think.


ATTRACTIONS AND THINGS TO DO - PORT DOUGLAS

Calypso Reef Charters, in Port Douglas, travels daily to the Outer Great Barrier Reef, Australia.With only 60 guests on board, Calypso Reef Charters, in Port Douglas, offer snorkelling and introductory or certified diving on the Great Barrier reef, in Tropical North Queensland.CALYPSO REEF CRUISES
Shop 44, Meridien Marina, Port Douglas (MAP)
Phone (07) 4099 6999 / Fax (07) 4099 6777

www.calypsoreefcruises.com

Great memories are built on great experiences and Calypso delivers both. Visiting three breathtaking sites daily on the Great Barrier Reef from Port Douglas, Calypso travels with approximately 80 guests to ensure maximum comfort and a personalised experience for all. Calypso caters for first time snorkelers, introductory divers and dive enthusiasts.

Learn about the marine life and eco-systems through our reef interpretive chat on board or take part in a guided snorkelling tour and surround yourself by the rainbow of brilliantly coloured fish and coral. Calypso is advanced eco certified and committed to the protection of the Great Barrier Reef.

Your hosts, Tony and Trudie Woodall.One of the extraordinary tropical fruit wines produced at Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, near Port Douglas.Prize winning wines at Shannonvale winery.
SHANNONVALE TROPICAL FRUIT WINERY
417 Shannonvale Road, Mossman (MAP)
Phone (07) 4098 4000 / Fax (07) 4098 4100

www.shannonvalewine.com.au

No this does not mean they are sweet and sticky!

"Many people ask us how we can make dry wines from sweet fruits like Mango and Lychee" winemaker Tony Woodall says, "But grapes are the sweetest of all fruits. Grapes have the highest sugar level of any fruit."

Tony and Trudie run a boutique winery, which means that they grow the fruit, make the wine, bottle and label the wines on the farm. Amongst their range, Shannonvale winery boasts (27-4-2007) 3 Gold medal winners, 2 Silver and 4 Bronze. You can sample 5 Dry wines, 2 Medium wines, 2 not so sweet Dessert wines, and 5 Ports. Tony and Trudie have established that people enjoy having a wine actually tasting of the fruit that it is made from, so they make single-fruit wines, not blends.

Shannonvale's fruit is grown in the organic way; no chemicals are used on the fruit trees. Phone for days open

Sailaway Sunset, Port Douglas.Port Douglas sunset sailing on Sailaway.Enjoy sunset sailing off Port Douglas.
SAILAWAY SUNSET
Shop #18, The Reef Marina, Port Douglas (MAP)
Phone (07) 4099 4200 / Fax (07) 4099 4122
Mobile 0497 701 978

www.sailawayportdouglas.com

Spectacular sunset sailing on the Coral Sea!

Enjoy the thrill of pure sailing! Relax with an exhilarating twilight sail onboard the new luxury ‘Lagoon’ sailed from France. Soak up the peace and tranquillity of a tropical Sunset over the Coral Sea with spectacular mountain views.

Departing Marina Mirage 5:00pm - 6:30pm (Boarding 4:45pm)

The Low Isles, located within the Marine National Park Zone of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, are surrounded by 55 acres of coral reef very close to the islands, making it an ideal area for snorkellers.Departing Daily from the Marina at Port Douglas, the luxury sailing catamaran Sailaway IV takes limited number of guests to Low Isles, a coral cay on the Great Barrier Reef.
SAILAWAY REEF AND ISLAND TOURS
Shop #18, The Reef Marina, Port Douglas (MAP)
Phone (07) 4099 4200 / Fax (07) 4099 4122
Mobile 0497 701 978

www.sailawayportdouglas.com

Low Isles - a coral cay on the Great Barrier Reef!

Sailaway Port Douglas invites you to enjoy 'a day to remember' with a reef and island sail for snorkelling and exploring Low Isles, an unspoilt coral cay on Australia's Great Barrier Reef. With only 1 of 4 reef tour licenses to moor at Low Isles, this is strictly limited access.

The reef around Low Isles comprises of 150 species of hard corals and is dominated by 15 species of soft corals. Living amongst the corals in the blue lagoon are a large variety of reef fish including angelfish, damselfish, anemones, giant trevally, sweetlip, fusiliers and many green turtles are sighted daily. Taking the Island Heritage Walk is a 'must do' when visiting Low Isles. Learn about the history of Low Isles and its environment.

Board Sailway any evening for a peaceful Sunset Cruise along the Coastline off Port Douglas. Enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne and a selection of canapés including dips, crudités and cheese platter


NATURAL SITES
FOUR MILE BEACH
The town's spectacular Four Mile Beach is considered to be one of the north's best. The sand is so firm that the beach has been used for horse, motorcycle and foot races. Charles Kingsford Smith, the best-known early Australian aviator, also used it as a landing place when he was flying to New Guinea with the first official air mail.

Beginning at the northern rocky headland, Four Mile Beach stretches for kilometres without a trace of development. The beachfront homes and holiday accommodation are very well hidden behind the lush vegetation. During the stinger season, stinger nets are in place to provide safe swimming areas. At low tide, it's possible to walk to the edge of the reef from the long white expanse of the beach. Adjacent to the beach, Flagstaff Hill is the best place to capture spectacular views of the 'Port', as locals call it, the coastline and the Coral Sea.


MUSEUMS & ART GALLERIES
OCEANIC ART GALLERY
3-38 Wharf Street, Port Douglas, Phone (07) 4099 4494, Fax (07) 4099 4417
Open Monday to Friday 10:00am to 5:30pm, Saturdays from 10:00am to 1:00pm

Port Douglas Oceanic Art Gallery specializes in Australian and Aboriginal art. The gallery has an impressive collection of Aboriginal and contemporary Austalian art, featuring the Lockhart River Art Gang, a group of young contemporaty painters from the east coast. Their colourful paintings reflect their lifestyle, culture and environment, and through their art they express important beliefs such as kinship and community responsibility. Their art features a wide variety of subjects: traditional stories, laws and even good fishing spots, and is influenced by the rainforest and the Coral Sea surroundings as well as by contemporary issues. The Lockhart River Art Gang, who represent a new generation of indigenous artists, have made a huge impact on the Australian visual arts and have become a fantastic inspiration for all Aboriginal communities.

OTHER ATTRACTIONS

WILDLIFE HABITAT
Port Douglas Road, Port Douglas
Phone (07) 4099 3235 / Fax (07) 4099 3100
Wildlife Habitat features four different and unique habitats of North Queensland: rainforest, wetlands, woodlands and grasslands. You can wander through the boardwalks and discover a great array of animals and trees in their natural habitat.

SEA TEMPLE GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB
Old Port Road, Port Douglas
Phone (07) 4087 2222
The Sea Temple Golf and Country Club is a true tropical links-style course, featuring the wonderful contrast of the Great Barrier Reef and the World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest. The course has been voted in the top 50 public access courses in Australia and been ranked in the Top 6 Links-style Golf Courses in the country.

AUSTRALIAN MUSTER EXPERIENCE
Kingston Road, Whyanbeel Valley
Phone (07) 4098 1149 / Fax (07) 4098 1501
The Australian Muster Experience is hosted in a 19th Century inspired outback station building with stockyards and uninterrupted views to Port Douglas. Enjoy the spirit of Wild Australia as the lush green valley comes alive and you are entertained by real Aussie Stockmen

MARINA MIRAGE
Wharf Street, Port Douglas
Phone (07) 4099 5775 / Fax (07) 4099 4386
Set against the picturesque backdrop of the tranquil blue waters of Dickson's Inlet, the Marina Mirage is a superb complex that offers only the best in shopping, dinning and fun. With a 14 metre wide timber boardwalk surrounded by first quality shops on one side and overlooking the Marina on the other, it is the perfect spot to sit down and relax watching the life passing by.

MIRAGE COUNTRY CLUB
Port Douglas Road, Port Douglas
Phone (07) 4099 5488
A superb championship golf course situated by Four Mile Beach and rated as one of the world's leading resort courses. This course has hosted several top professionals such as Greg Norman and Jack Nicklaus (not to mention Bill Clinton!) and is home to the famous skins game. It contains the unusual combination of 6 x par 3, 6 x par 4 and 6 x par 5 holes.

OTHER TOURS

BACK COUNTRY BLISS ADVENTURES
Phone (07) 4099 3677 / Mobile 0420 101 757
Half or full day, group tours, or activities with small children, we are always happy to arrange trips according to your specific wishes. Bushwalking, mountain biking, 4x4 sightseeing, rafting, soul food tours, river drift snorkelling, sea kayaking and even kite surfing!

BALLY HOOLEY STEAM RAILWAY
Mobile 0417 949 354 / Fax (07) 4053 6818
The Bally Hooley Steam Railway operates on 4 km of track, commencing at Port Douglas Marina Mirage station, on Sundays and public holidays. The station is the old cane cutters barracks from the Mossman Mill

BIANCA CHARTERS
Marina Mirage, Port Douglas
Phone (07) 4099 6464
Bianca Charters offer fishing trips to the Great Barrier Reef for keen fishermen as well as for beginners. Their boats can also be chartered for both day and overnight fishing trips

DRAGON LADY FISHING TOURS
Marina Mirage, Port Douglas
Mobile 0429 372 466
With over 25 years local fishing experience, Skipper Steve Adamson and friendly crew aim to provide you with a fun filled day on the Great Barrier Reef

LADY DOUGLAS RIVER CRUISE
Marina Mirage, Port Douglas
Phone (07) 4099 1603 / Fax (07) 4099 1604
Enjoy a fun and informative calm water cruise on the Lady Douglas. Aboard you can explore the beautiful mangrove channels near Port Douglas, where you can see saltwater crocodiles and a wide variety of birds and fish. Different tour options available

POSEIDON OUTER REEF CRUISES
Corner Macrossan and Grant Streets, Port Douglas
Phone (07) 4099 4772 / Fax (07) 4099 4134
Poseidon III, the ultra modern high speed catamaran, visits three sites at the Agincourt Reefs every day. Between May and August, Poseidon holds one of the few permits allowing passengers to swim with Dwarf Minke Whales

ARISTOCAT
NO LONGER OPERATING
Marina Mirage, Shop 18, Port Douglas
Phone (07) 4099 4727 / Fax (07) 4099 4565
With over 40 sites on 16 reefs to choose from, including the renowned Agincourt Ribbon Reef system, Aristocat provides interactive snorkelling and scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef second to none.

DAINTREE WONDER TOURS
Port Douglas
Phone (07) 4099 3210
Exclusive tours to Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation, Mossman Gorge. Also Cooktown and the Atherton Tablelands. Departing Port Douglas daily

REEF SPRINTER
Port Douglas
Phone (07) 4099 3175
The latest models Yamaha 4 Strokes Jet Bikes are fast, fun, safe and easy to ride. Reef Sprinter will teach you the basics of Jet Bike riding and some safety rules. No license or experience equired

SKYSAFARI
NO LONGER OPERATING
Skysafari offer scenic flights that will carry you over picturesque Port Douglas and its inspiring surrounds. Enjoy the Great Barrier Reef and World Heritage listed rainforests within our local areas of the Daintree, Cape Tribulation and Mossman Gorge.


UNDERSEA EXPLORER
NO LONGER OPERATING
Phone (07) 4099 5911 / Fax (07) 4099 5914
Undersea Explorer's guests visit Australia's best dive sites on the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Departing Port Douglas, the expeditions are 6 to 9 days duration.

UPDRAUGHT HANG GLIDING ADVENTURES
Port Douglas
Phone (07) 4055 3343
Experience the beauty of Port Douglas like birds do. Updraught Hang Gliding Adventures offers tandem trainee flights, one and three day courses or hang glider hire (for licensed pilots)

WINDSWELL KITESURFING
Port Douglas
Phone (07) 4098 2167 / Mobile 0427 498 042
Learn to Kitesurf on beautiful Four Mile Beach, regarded as the best kitesurfing location in Australia during the winter months, for both beginners and advanced riders. They also offer downwind and Outer Reef and Island kitesurfing expeditions

AIR PLAY HANG GLIDING
Weather permitting, Air Play Hang Gliding fly daily. They do tandem flights for people wanting to experience hang gliding for the first time. Lessons and full instruction are also available for those wishing to learn to fly

MARKETS
COTTERS MARKET
The Cotters Market by the Sea are held every Sunday. The market, established more than 20 years ago, provides a wide selection of locally made goods, including home made crafts, clothing, good quality jewellery, clothes and artifacts, including boats and other rarities. Visit the markets from 8:00am to 1:30pm and don't miss an opportunity to meet the local community of free traders, artists and farmers, or find that something special you have been looking for. The market is located in beautiful and scenic Anzac Park, Port Douglas, from where you can enjoy not only shopping but also a stunning coastline. The Port Douglas markets are the largest market in the region and one of the best.

SPORTS
Fifteen kilometres north east of Port Douglas lies idyllic Low Isle. This unspoilt spot is perfect for divers and snorkellers alike who can enjoy nearly two hectares of 150 different species of hard corals and 15 species of soft corals. The variety of fish in this area is immense, and you'll quite likely spot green turtles and dugongs. Transport to the island is available with a number of companies. There is no overnight accommodation on the island but it has a lagoon where private yatchs can anchor overnight. Fishing is not allowed.

Horse riding is also possible either along the beach or in the rainforest. Parasailing and jet skiing are also popular pastimes in the town. Hot air balloning and scenic flights are a must to see this beautiful area from a different point of view.

If you are in for some competition, the Iron Bar holds cane toad races every Tuesday and Thursday night during winter. Everyone is welcome to participate in the races but you have to wish your toad luck by kissing its back! Find the Iron Bar on 5 Macrossan Street.


EVENTS
PORT DOUGLAS CARNIVALE
The Port Douglas Reef and Rainforest Carnivale is a fantastic opportunity to indulge yourself with the most fantastic food and wines Port Douglas showcases. You will enjoy Saturday evening in a stunning tropical setting, surrounded by palm trees, gazing at the moonlight across the Coral Sea and overlooking the mountains in the distance.

PORT DOUGLAS REEF AND RAINFOREST CARNIVALE
An event that involves the entire community, the Port Douglas Village Carnivale gets bigger every year. It attracts people from all around Australia and overseas, and offers a combination of both free and ticketed attractions. The Masquerade Cocktail Party, the Macrossan Street Fiesta, the Seafood Extravaganza, the Four Mile Beach Family or Fun Day and Food, Wine and a Taste of Port are some of the events that this Carnivale features. Tennis, golf and sailing competitions will also be featured. You will surely find something to suit your taste and your family's.

PORT DOUGLAS AVANTI CYCLING CARNIVAL
A new event to be added both to the Carnivale and the Cairns Cycling Club's racing calendar, the Trinity Cycle Works Criterium promises to come packed with action in a very fast circuit, located right on the Four Mile Beach foreshore. Do your best to watch the spectacular and exciting sprint to the finish line, where you will see a large bunch of riders in close formation.

For full details of these and all the major events happening in the region, please check out our TROPICAL NORTH QUEENSLAND EVENTS CALENDAR.


ACCOMMODATION - PORT DOUGLAS

Port Douglas accommodation includes some of the most luxurious resorts and hotels in Tropical North Queensland. But a vacation in this popular seaside town doesn't have to cost a fortune. There is a great range of holiday accommodation in Port Douglas, from spacious family friendly holiday homes to and budget priced motels and a plethora of self contained apartments. You will find home style bed and breakfast accommodation in and around Port Douglas, as well as a choice of Port Douglas backpackers hostels and caravan parks, some with cabins and self contained villas.

If you have decided to spend your tropical holidays in this magnificent destination, you will have a hard time deciding where to stay. To make it easier for your, we have classified all the different types of Port Douglas holiday accommodation into categories. To browse the accommodation options that suit you, please visit our PORT DOUGLAS ACCOMMODATION section or use the buttons on the right hand side menu.



DINING - PORT DOUGLAS

Port Douglas, with over 60 restaurants and cafés in town, is truly a foods lover's paradise. Options go from fresh seafood, to contemporary Australian, Asian or Mediterranean cuisine. Most restaurants are licensed but some are BYO, so make sure you drop in to a nearby bottle shop if you want to enjoy beverages with your food.

To browse the range of Port Douglas restaurants, bars and cafes, please visit our PORT DOUGLAS DINING section or use the buttons on the right hand side menu.

GETTING TO PORT DOUGLAS

Discount travel insurance. Buy anywhere, anytime, online.

Cairns Unlimited will find you the best deal on a Cairns rental car for your holidays in Port Douglas.Getting to Port Douglas from Cairns is easy. Visitors can then choose from car hire, minibus, coach, helicopter or Quicksilver catarmaran to get to Port Douglas. However, if you want to have the freedom of driving your own car, please visit our CAIRNS CAR HIRE page, where we will offer you the best deal available on a rental car or campervan in Cairns and Port Douglas. Could you ask for more?
.
.

Transport from Cairns Airport to Port Douglas.KRYSTAL TRANSPORT
Phone (07) 4051 7456
Mobile 0458 211 648
www.krystaltransport.com.au

The only NON-STOP Cairns to Port Douglas!

Non-stop transfers to Port Douglas (1-1.25 hours). Driver will meet you in the baggage collection area with a sign with your name on it and depart when all passengers are ready or pickup from your accommodation in Cairns CBD areas. Child seating provided at no extra cost. Private Charter to any destination. For more pricing details, please visit website: www.krystaltransport.com.au

SUN PALM EXPRESS
Phone (07) 4087 2900
Sun Palm Express runs a number of services every day from Cairns to all points north as far as Cape Tribulation, picking up and setting down at all accommodation houses, hotels, air, bus, train and shipping terminals.

CORAL REEF COACHES
35 Front Street, Mossman
Phone (07) 4098 2800 / Fax (07) 4098 1064
Coral Reef Coaches provides daily transfers between Cairns, Port Douglas and Mossman, as well as airport transfers from Cairns to the Northern Beaches, Port Douglas and Mossman. They are also available for charters and group bookings.

Port Douglas is a perfect base for snorkelling and scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef. Soak up the tranquility of a tropical sunset over the Coral Sea with spectacular mountain views. Click here for more information.

Port Douglas boasts a range of accommodation, from backpackers hostels to some of the top resorts in Australia.
Port Douglas' Four Mile Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Tropical North Queensland.


EMERGENCY SERVICES

In case of emergency only, dial 000. In all other cases, phone the local service for Port Douglas:

Ambulance (07) 4099 6457 or 131 233
Hospital (07) 4098 2444 (Mossman)
Police (07) 4099 5220

Internet access is available at:

Wicked Ice Cream
48 Macrossan Street
Phone (07) 4099 5568