Port Douglas Travel Guide

Located in Tropical Far North Queensland, just 67km north of Cairns, Port Douglas offers scenic coastline and the perfect blend of reef and rainforest. 1700km from Queensland's capital city, Brisbane, Port Douglas is most easily accessed via Cairns along a spectacular short scenic coastal drive.

A popular holiday destination despite its distance from the state capital, Port Douglas enjoys a laid back atmosphere and shares the same tropical latitude as Tahiti, giving it a tropical low-rise old world charm that boasts stunning weather year round.

Now a popular modern holiday destination, Port Douglas offers a great range of accommodation options ranging from budget accommodation, holiday apartments, hotels, luxury resorts and family friendly beachside accommodation. Conveniently located, all accommodation is positioned to make the most of the stunning views, gorgeous natural attractions, boutique shopping and world class restaurants.

200km of the Coral Sea stretches along the coastline providing spectacular views and the unique natural environments of 4 Mile Beach, Cape Tribulation and the World Heritage listed rainforest of the Daintree offer a wide variety of holiday activities and experiences to enjoy. Don't forget to check out the local markets when they are on for some great local art and craft.

Founded in 1877 after gold was discovered nearby, Port Douglas has seen many ebbs and flows in its years. The population began to dwindle in 1891 once the Scenic Railway was built and before things could pick up again, a cyclone levelled the place in 1911. Left along until the 1980's, Christopher Skase helped bring Port Douglas back to life financing the world class The Reef Marina and Sheraton Mirage resorts.

Helping to put Port Douglas back on the map, the 1996 US president Bill Clinton and his First Lady holidayed here on their only Australian stop. Since then, Port Douglas has been a popular holiday destination and again gained media attention in 2006 when Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin died while filming a documentary on Batt Reef off Port Douglas after being injured by a stingray.

With the Great Barrier Reef just off the coast as well as plenty of water sports, activities, golf, fishing charters, dive boats and reef cruises available, a holiday here offers plenty of things to do in Port Douglas as well as a great range of attractions to suit everyone, in one of the most beautiful region's on North Queensland's coast.


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