PORT DOUGLAS


Picturesque Port Douglas, in Tropical North Queensland.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!

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

SHANNONVALE TROPICAL FRUIT WINERY
417 Shannonvale Road, Mossman
Phone (07) 4098 4000
www.shannonvalewine.com.au

No this does not mean they are sweet and sticky!

"Hi folks,

We make wine from Tropical Fruits. We have 6 Dry Table wines and 6 Fortified wines and all of them have won a medal from Grape Wine Judges and no they are not sweet and sticky...the wine will taste of the fruit it is made from.

We grow the fruits, make the wine, bottle and label on site.

So the fruits are picked fully ripe meaning that the wines will taste of fruits and they are single fruit wines, not blends.

Shannonvale's fruit is grown in the organic way so no chemicals are used on the fruit trees.

We are open from 10am to 4.30pm every day but during the wet season we are closed on Wednesdays."
SAILAWAY REEF AND ISLAND TOURS
Shop #18, The Reef Marina, Port Douglas
Phone (07) 4099 4200 / Fax (07) 4099 4122
Mobile 0417 993 109
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 canapes including dips, crudites and cheese platter
BRETT'S OUTBACK TASTING ADVENTURES
Phone (07) 4098 5059
www.outbacktastingtours.com.au

A Foodie tour of the Atherton Tablelands... departing from Cairns OR Port Douglas!

This unique food and wine experience will be tasting some of the best food and wine that the Atherton Tablelands has to offer.

Guests will travel through a variety of contrasting landscapes from lush rainforest, crops, dairyland to stunning ochre savannah plains.

The rich volcanic soil if the Atherton Tablelands supports a diversity of crops from bananas, coffee, sugar cane, avocados, mangoes, macadamia nuts, citrus and more... which you will learn about as you taste our way around the region's 'Food Bowl.'

Small Personalised Tours Specialising In Service EXCELLENCE - Maximum 12 Persons

Wines, Beers, Spirits, Cheeses, Coffee, Chocolate, Tropical Fruits, Indigenous Damper and Jams... and Platypus viewing!
AQUAQUEST
319 Draper Street, Parramatta Park, Cairns
Phone (07) 4046 7333
www.diversden.com.au

Awesome day trip to the best of the Outer Reef!

Departing from Port Douglas, this brand new custom built luxury dive and snorkel vessel is fully equipped with the most modern and state of the art facilities including Nitrox. As the newest vessel in Port Douglas she will give passengers an unrivaled comfort with the best experience available as we visit some of the best dive and snorkel locations on the Outer Great Barrier Reef at Agincourt, Opal and St Crispin's Reefs. The reefs you will visit are located in the World Heritage Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and are approximately 62km offshore. There is a choice of nine different locations that the skipper can choose from and you will visit two different locations every day with ability to do up to three different dives each day.

Guests will enjoy a light Morning Tea, Hot and cold tropical buffet lunch selection with fresh asian seafood salad, salads and fruits and complimentary tea, coffee and chilled water are available throughout the day. Snacks, soft and alcoholic beverages are also available for purchase on board.
WINDSWELL KITESURF AND STANDUP PADDLE
Find Windswell crew @ Four Mile Park, Corner of Barrier and Reef Street, Port Douglas
Mobile 0427 498 042
www.windswell.com.au

The ocean, watersports and this special part of Tropical North Queensland is our life!

Bretto has over 20 years of kiteboarding experience under his belt and has been teaching for over 10. His wealth of knowledge, expertise, patience & enthusiasm will help you get the most out of your lessons, guaranteed.

The passionate Windswell crew offers a range of personalised private lessons and tailor made experiences, including:
Kitesurf lessons
Epic Reef and Island Tours
Four Mile Beach Standup Paddle Sessions
Demo kite and board Hire - Test Ride
Rainforest River Magic Standup Paddle Tour
LADY DOUGLAS RIVER CRUISE
Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina, Port Douglas
Mobile 0408 986 127
website link coming soon

An iconic, handsome, stable riverboat!

The iconic Lady Douglas takes you searching for estuarine crocodiles and other wildlife, on an idyllic calm water river cruise through the mangrove forests around Port Douglas.

Each cruise includes both an exploration far up Dickson Inlet and a cruise to the inlet entrance. An entertaining and informative commentary covers mangroves, crocodiles, local history of Port Douglas and all there is to know about the area.

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.

CRYSTALBROOK SUPERYACHT MARINA
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 Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina 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

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.

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 Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina station, on Sundays and public holidays. The station is the old cane cutters barracks from the Mossman Mill.

BIANCA CHARTERS
Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina, 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.

CALYPSO REEF CRUISES
Shop 44, Meridien Marina, Port Douglas
Phone (07) 4099 6999 / Fax (07) 4099 6777
Visiting three 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.

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.

DRAGON LADY FISHING TOURS
Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina, 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
Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina, 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.

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.

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.

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.


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 page or use the buttons on the right hand side menu.