Port Douglas – trinkets and turquoise water

 In Tropical North Queensland

Port Douglas, in tropical north Queensland, is one of those places where you never know if the person next to you is a millionaire, rock star, or just an everyday person. Just an hour’s drive north of Cairns, Port Douglas is casual, cool, and packed full with character.

The stunning Four Mile Beach is one of Australia’s most photographed beaches. One of the best ways to take in its beauty is to take the heritage trail walk from town to the lookout on Flagstaff Hill. It’s a bit of a climb but the views are worth it. Four Mile Beach’s golden sands are a subtle reminder of the gold rush era of the late 1800s.

Another delight is the iconic and magnificently restored Saint Mary’s by the Sea. With its magnificent stained-glass windows and Coral Sea views, it’s obvious why it’s a popular wedding venue. In Anzac Park, next to the church, every Sunday morning you’ll discover Port Douglas’ markets. Everything is handmade by the artisan store holders or by their family. Sample the local cuisine, check out cool art and contemporary jewellery, or treat yourself to a keepsake from just about anything that could be handmade.

Of course, no trip to Port Douglas would be complete without visiting the Great Barrier Reef. Choose from any one of the 12 daily tours to ensure you experience the very best the reef offers you.

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  • Veronica Banks

    Thanks for the post. Strolling around Port Douglas is the best way to learn about its history. There’s so much to do there. We love it so much that we’ve booked to go bak next year.

  • Kelvin Wade

    A late afternoon brisk walk on Four Mile Beach’s white sand beaches is a must do in Port Douglas. The warm ocean breeze and crystal clear sea only adds to its charm.

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