Port Douglas

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Port Douglas which includes general coastal views, views and a sunset
This former fishing village’s easy access to the Great Barrier Reef is just one of the draws of this famous vacation 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 vacation destinations if you love sunshine, beaches and snorkeling in the tropics.

Oaks Port Douglas Resort
Oaks Port Douglas Resort
4.5 out of 5
87 Port Douglas Road, Port Douglas, QLD, 4877
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $181 per night from Sep 6 to Sep 7
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Port Douglas. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (994 reviews)
Good value & good facilities
"Really great room and facilities."

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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 CA $402 per night from Sep 2 to Sep 3
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Port Douglas. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 12 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (701 reviews)
"Fantastic hotel and staff"

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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! (832 reviews)
"Very informative staff at reception Re local restaurants and swim out room was fantastic. On-site undercover parking near your room was handy."

Reviewed on Aug. 8, 2022

Silkari Lagoons Port Douglas
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Niramaya Villas and Spa
Niramaya Villas and Spa
5 out of 5
1 Balé Drive, Port Douglas, QLD, 4877
The price is CA $2,151 per night from Sep 9 to Sep 10
Stay at this 5-star luxury aparthotel in Port Douglas. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and private plunge pools. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (137 reviews)
"This is a superb property. The pools could be cleaner and the restartant menus could be broader. The restautant staff are superb. One female bar staff member attending the pool one day was snotty and detracted from an otherwise flawless stay. This is a 4.8-4.9 star experience"

Reviewed on Nov. 1, 2021

Niramaya Villas and Spa
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! (832 reviews)
"Very informative staff at reception Re local restaurants and swim out room was fantastic. On-site undercover parking near your room was handy."

Reviewed on Aug. 8, 2022

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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 ...
3.8/5 Good! (277 reviews)
"Quiet and peaceful throughout the day, rooms are of a large size, front or rear parking, easy check-in/ out."

Reviewed on Aug. 8, 2022

Reef Club Resort
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