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Port Douglas, Australia

Port Douglas was the first home of the Yirrganydjis until the Europeans came and turned it into a fishing village and remote port. In 1980, Christopher Skase developed it into a great tropical destination for tourists.

This Queensland – with its amazing setting – is an ideal base to explore the Great Barrier Reef, the Daintree rainforest and the Cape Tribulation beaches. 

You can choose to sunbath on the Four Mile Beach’s golden sands and then go for a perfect spa treatment at one of Port Douglas’ glorious day spas for ultimate relaxation. 

When to Visit.

You can expect average temperatures in the wet season, which is from November to April. March is the wettest month although this might be great for you if you don’t like humid weather plus the rainforest looks better during this season and the waterfalls are full-flowing. 

The dry season is from March to October with lesser rainfall and warm sea temperatures.

How to Get There.

From the Cairns Airport, Port Douglas is just one-hour drive away via the Great Barrier Reef Drive – which is a coastal road lined by forest on one side and a beach on the other.

Accommodation.

The accommodation options in Port Douglas will give you all you need for an ideal tropical vacation. These options range from budget homestays, full-service beachside resorts, and family-friendly resorts to waterfront luxury – all ranging from 3 to 5 stars. All the accommodation options are complemented by a top array of restaurants and boutiques.

Food.

Port Douglas is widely known for its fresh seafood but there are also many other excellent cuisines available for you to try. You’d find some unusual items on the restaurant menus like crocodile, emu, and kangaroo that will spoil you for choice. It’s difficult to narrow down to a select few choices as all the dining options are fantastic. Port Douglas is a haven for every foodie.

Moving Around.

Port Douglas is small in size so moving around is quite easy as most places would be within a walking distance. There are bus services, taxi and bicycle options available to get you around the island if you need them. If you book a tour from your lodge, you’d be picked up and dropped back when you want.

Fun Activities.

There a lot of things to do in Port Douglas. You can explore a coral cay, retreat to the Daintree Rainforest, rock on at Mossman Gorge or simply unwind at a day spa.