Port Douglas

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Port Douglas featuring general coastal views, a sunset and views
This former fishing village’s easy access to the Great Barrier Reef is just one of the draws of this famous holiday paradise.

In tropical Port Douglas the unique ecosystem of the Daintree Rainforest meets the biggest barrier reef in the world. This perfect combination makes this laid-back Queensland town popular with visitors from all over the world. 

A lush rainforest and a pristine beach lined with waving palm trees are just some of the town’s attractions. The Sunday craft markets, lunches on breezy pub balconies, a tropical zoo, art galleries and boutique stores are other appealing highlights.

Walk or drive to Island Point Lookout for excellent views over Four Mile Beach and beyond. Port Douglas’ environmentally minded residents have always opposed beach development this explains the lack of high-rise buildings, which adds to the area’s appeal. Stroll along the water’s edge and take a dip in the warm ocean tide. In summer, poisonous jellyfish inhabit the Coral Sea, so wear adequate protection or stick to beachcombing.

Book a cruise to explore the Great Barrier Reef. All boats depart from the Marina Mirage. One of the shortest tours available is a cruise to Low Isles, with its historic lighthouse, turtles and sting rays. Most trips take a day and allow you to scuba dive and snorkel along the outer reefs.

On the weekend, head to the Sunday markets at Anzac Park to meet the artistic locals and shop for souvenirs. Come back later for sunset views of the historic Port Douglas Sugar Wharf standing over the Coral Sea.

Port Douglas is full of accommodation options, from hostels and town houses to spa resorts. High season is between November and May, the hottest part of the year. The town is small enough to walk around and buses and taxis can drop you off at major attractions.

The freshwater creek of Mossman Gorge, on the edge of the precious Daintree Rainforest, is just a 20-minute drive away. Rental cars and tours can be booked in town.

Port Douglas is one of Australia’s best holiday destinations if you love sunshine, beaches and snorkeling in the tropics.

Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Port Douglas
Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Port Douglas
5 out of 5
Port Douglas Road, Port Douglas, QLD, 4877
The price is S$542 per night from 4 Aug to 5 Aug
Stay at this 5-star luxury resort in Port Douglas. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 12 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in their ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (693 reviews)
"Just an excellent facility"

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Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Port Douglas
Silkari Lagoons Port Douglas
Silkari Lagoons Port Douglas
4.5 out of 5
2 Langley Road, Port Douglas, QLD, 4877
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury apartment in Port Douglas. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 6 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the convenient ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (822 reviews)
"Great place to stay"

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Ramada Resort by Wyndham Port Douglas
Ramada Resort by Wyndham Port Douglas
4 out of 5
316 Port Douglas Road, Port Douglas, QLD, 4877
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly resort in Port Douglas. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (670 reviews)
"Lovely bar crew who worked super hard to serve people . Bathrooms could do with update Booking in took to long as done twice with second time just pushing time share talk .."

Reviewed on 18 Jun,2022

Ramada Resort by Wyndham Port Douglas
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Silkari Lagoons Port Douglas
Silkari Lagoons Port Douglas
4.5 out of 5
2 Langley Road, Port Douglas, QLD, 4877
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury apartment in Port Douglas. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 6 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the convenient ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (822 reviews)
"Great place to stay"

Reviewed on 6 Jul,2022

Silkari Lagoons Port Douglas
Reef Club Resort
Reef Club Resort
4 out of 5
64 Davidson Street, Port Douglas, QLD, 4877
Stay at this 4-star golf aparthotel in Port Douglas. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and an airport shuttle. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in ...
3.8/5 Good! (271 reviews)
"Pool, spa and deck area were awesome. Pleasent check in process with great advice provided by staff member who was also very friendly at check in and check out. Unit itself was not great with strong musty smell in all areas of the unit. Pillows, bedding, lounges all had strong odours. Very dusty ..."

Reviewed on 7 Jul,2022

Reef Club Resort
Reef Resort Villas Port Douglas
Reef Resort Villas Port Douglas
4 out of 5
121 Port Douglas Road, Port Douglas, QLD, 4877
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly aparthotel in Port Douglas. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the pool and the restaurant in ...
4/5 Very Good! (714 reviews)
"The staff at the resort couldn't do enough to help us with any issue or question we had, they made the stay great."

Reviewed on 7 Jun,2022

Reef Resort Villas Port Douglas
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