Port Douglas - Tropical North Queensland Holiday Destination
Port Douglas sits proudly between the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree National Park and is an absolute paradise on Queensland's coast. The townships a little more laid back then Cairns and is perfect for a relaxing escape holiday.
Port Douglas is a tropical paradise and once you get there you'll see why with white sand beaches, palm trees, sparkling waters full of wonderful scuba and snorkelling sights and wonderful seafood restaurants where you can taste the regions delicacies.
The weather here is tropical and enjoys hot, wet summers and perfectly warm winters. It's a wonderful place to visit all year round whether you're with family, friends, a loved one or just travelling by yourself.
Port Douglas Accommodation
Port Douglas's building has been restricted so that buildings are no taller than the average palm tree. This means that the town has some of the most beautiful low lying resorts in all of the world. You'll find some of Australia's first class resorts here as well as rainforest retreats, beachfront villas, family sized self contained apartments and even backpacker hostels for those on a tighter budget.
Things to Do or Places to Visit in Port Douglas
Port Douglas may be good for relaxing but there are also a number of activities to get your heart pumping in the air, on land and by the sea. You can hop on a horse and spend a day riding through green pastures or wake up early for a hot air balloon ride over town. There's a new adventure activity in town and it's called Jungle Surfing - take ziplines and flying foxes through the canopies of the jungle.
Port Douglas has many shopping precincts with high end fashion boutiques, surf shops, art galleries galore ad souvenir shops so you can take back something special from your visit. Also, every Sunday morning Port Douglas hosts an Arts & Craft Market where you can pick up many locally made artworks, jewellery, fashions as well as some amazing food!
Playing golf in Port Douglas is an amazing experience and will delight the golf pro or the beginner. The Mirage Country Club Port Douglas is considered one of the world's best courses and has beautiful views of the coral Sea and a view of the mountains in the background. Sea Temple is another 18 hole championship golf course which is set in a lush setting with a great club house.
Port Douglas is thought to be one of the world's best fishing locations. You can charter a boat or take one of your own out for an ocean adventure or head up one of the estuaries or rivers into the fresh water. On the reef you can choose game fishing or fly-fishing and catch a range of exciting fish like Black Marlin, Giant Trevally, Coral Trout and Red Emperor. Fresh water fishing is also exciting as you might come face to face with the famous Barramundi.
Scuba Diving and snorkeling is a big drawcard for those coming to Port Douglas. There's some amazing dive sites off the coast and there are many gorgeous reef systems to explore. There's countless fish, aquatic life and coral down under the waters and due to the warm Coral Sea waters and great visibility it will be an amazing adventure for everyone.
There are lots of cruises, tours and charter boats leaving Port Douglas every day to explore the amazing Great Barrier Reef. Join a day tour and visit some of the islands and snorkel a reef or two or hire your own boat which you can bareboat or hire a crew to take you around this wonderful playground at your own pace.
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As an exciting, value for money alternative to a Port Douglas or Palm Cove restaurant, experience the unforgettable at Flames of the Forest - dining in the rainforest. Step into a magical place - the rainforest at night - and in this timeless setting relax with the warm glow of Australian hospitality and fabulous food and Australian wines.
Getting to Port Douglas
Driving between Cairns and Port Douglas is an easy 1 hour drive on a scenic sealed highway. Most people coming to Port Douglas fly into Cairns Airport and then hire a car, jump aboard a coach transfer or choose to do it in style and rent a limousine to take you between airport and hotel.