Paradise in Tropical North Queensland’s Port Douglas

 In Tropical North Queensland

Does the allure of beautiful beaches sound like your idyllic getaway?

In holiday mode all year round, Queensland’s sun shines bright over Port Douglas. This is the perfect destination for a relaxing break with friends, a romantic getaway with a loved one, or a family holiday with the kids.

Port Douglas stretches for a couple of kilometres along a narrow peninsula. The closest airport is an hour’s drive south in Cairns. The iconic Four Mile Beach runs parallel to Port Douglas Road. Macrossan Street near the end of the peninsula is the town’s commercial heart.

With a generous selection of luxury resorts you could easily spend a week lazing by the pool, sipping cocktails, and occasionally strolling to the beach. For terrific views of the coastline stroll up to the Trinity Bay lookout.

However, curious visitors who are keen to explore the region will be generously rewarded. A short drive away is Mossman Gorge. Wander through the gorge circuit to appreciate the beauty of the rainforest, or enjoy a swim in its crystal-clear waters. Granite boulders create individual watering holes that are too tempting to resist.

If the gorge has whet your appetite for exploring continue driving north into the heart of the Daintree Rainforest. There are fantastic boardwalks that make it easy for you to appreciate this world heritage listed site. When you reach the Daintree River jump onboard a boat to spot saltwater crocodiles in their natural habitat. The road quite literally ends at Cape Tribulation, but that’s okay because this a great spot for lunch.

Balance your land exploration by signing up for a boat trip on the Coral Sea to admire that remarkable reef. Billions of tiny coral polyps are the foundation upon which the entire marine ecosystem of the Great Barrier Reef is based. There are more than 1,500 fish species, six species of sea turtles, and 5,000 species of mollusc, not to mention the sting rays and sharks. Local operators cater to both snorkelers and divers.

Once you’re back on dry land it’s time to think about dinner. In recent years Port Douglas has established itself as a major foodie destination. It’s the combination of fresh produce and talented chefs add a string of awards to their repertoire. There’s no shortage of eateries in this tiny town all eager to demonstrate their culinary prowess.

As you amble down Macrossan Street have a browse of the menus to select a restaurant that tempts your taste buds. Despite having a reputation for exclusivity Port Douglas does have accommodation for all travellers including hostels, resorts, hotels, and self-contained apartments. Port Douglas, the perfect combination of adventure and relaxation.

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  • Ellen Ferguson

    Port Douglas sounds idyllic. I’m so happy we’ve chosen to stay for a few days next month.

  • Julie Perkins

    We visited on a stopover on our way to Port Douglas. We last visited many years ago and I’m pleased the walking tracks have improved. The visitor centre is lovely and makes an attractive addition.

  • Eric Wong

    I found your site whilst searching for things to do in the area. I’m glad I did. You seem to know a lot about Queensland so have bookmarked your site! Thanks for sharing and caring.

  • Dawn

    I have read many of your articles on your site and like your relaxed style. I am surprised you didn’t mention Wildlife Habitat in Port Douglas. It’s a lovely small zoo close to the CBD. The best bit is cuddling the koalas!

    • Mark Gwilliam

      Hi Dawn – thank you for your comments. I must admit that I haven’t been there myself but hope to very soon.

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