Port Douglas

Port Douglas is a celeb-favourite holiday destination and you only need to visit once to see why. With access to the Great Barrier Reef, award-winning dining and a variety of luxury hotels, there’s so many reasons to holiday here with your family, partner or solo. Regardless, you’ll always find something exotic and fun to do.

And, here’s how you could spend 48 luxurious hours in Port Douglas.

Great Barrier Reef

Snorkel or scuba-dive on the Great Barrier Reef to see tropical marine life in full action. You can also sail to the Low Isles or join a liveaboard boat to sleep on the reef.

And, if you’re visiting between July and September, you can even swim with minke whales on the Ribbon Reefs.

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Croc Nash Hash 2019 Inc

Port Douglas, Douglas Area
3 – 4 May 2019
Croc Nash Hash is Hash House Harriers 2019 biannual Australian meeting and runs. The event is held over three official days with lead up and post events totaling a week's activities in the local area.

Port Douglas Race Week

Port Douglas, Douglas Area
13 – 19 May 2019
Port Douglas Yacht Club proudly presents the 2018 Port Douglas Race Week, and invites all yachts to join them for a week of Sailing, Food and Fun. They are fortunate to enjoy one of the best playgrounds for their sport that nature could provide and this year they will be hosting a huge array of events all to be sailed on the beautiful waters of the Coral Sea off Port Douglas.

Limbo - Up Close at the Wonderland Spiegeltent

Port Douglas, Douglas Area
From AU$59.00 - 69.00
17 – 19 May 2019
LIMBO - Up Close welcomes you to an exotic illogical world, where peculiar characters wait on the edge of false awakening with the whisper of spirits and domination, illusion, suspension; LIMBO - Up Close is boundless.

Circus Wonderland – A Mermaid's Tale

Port Douglas, Douglas Area
23 May 2019
An all new all-star line up of fun and the Golden Era of Circus. Circus Wonderland – A Mermaid's Tale will keep everyone on the edge of their seats. Be astounded and amazed at the sideshow antics of a mesmerizing cast of world class circus performers presenting a hilarious and thrilling magical Circus Wonderland for the whole family.

Circus Wonderland - A Mermaid's Tale at the Wonderland Spiegeltent

Port Douglas, Douglas Area
From AU$30.00 - 35.00
23 – 25 May 2019
An ALL NEW all-star line up of fun and the Golden Era of Circus. Circus Wonderland - A Mermaid's Tale will keep everyone on the edge of their seats. Be astounded and amazed at the sideshow antics of a mesmerizing cast of world class circus performers presenting a hilarious and thrilling magical Circus Wonderland for the whole family.

Port Douglas Carnivale - Celebrating 25 Years

Port Douglas,
24 May 2019
Originally held to commemorate the start of the sugar cane harvesting season, Port Douglas Carnivale is now considered the official opening of the tourism high season in Far North Queensland. Attracting tens of thousands of keen local, interstate and international guests to the idyllic paradise of Port Douglas, Carnivale is a must-do for anyone who loves food, fun and sun!

Port Douglas Carnivale

Port Douglas, Douglas Area
24 – 26 May 2019
Proudly sponsored by the Douglas Shire Council, Port Douglas Carnivale celebrates the very best of Tropical North Queensland from the bounty of the sea, abundant fresh produce and world class wines, to talented local artists, musicians and performers.

Debauched - Late Night Burlesque at the Wonderland Spiegeltent

Port Douglas, Douglas Area
From AU$45.00 - 55.00
24 – 25 May 2019
Hosted by the gorgeous Gingzilla with special guests this fun, jaw dropping late night spectacle is sure to be a night you won’t soon forget! The multi award-winning Gingzilla is on a mission to conquer the world!

Reef to Reef MTB

Port Douglas, Douglas Area
8 – 11 August 2019
For four days in early August, Reef to Reef brings mountain biking goodness to the home of the one of the worlds most famed and fabled natural playgrounds. Around 200 kilometres of riding and 4000 metres of climbing on the kind of trails and scenery you normally only read or dream about.

Mt Carbine Bull and Bronc Ride

Mount Carbine,
From AU$5 - 10
10 August 2019
The Mt Carbine Bull and Bronc ride is an annual event held on every second Saturday of August. Action starts at 5pm with the Calf rides, Junior and Juvenile Steer, Junior, Novice and Open bull. Bushman’s Saddle Bronc and Men’s Saddle Bronc.
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Four Mile Beach

A stretch of sand so beautiful, you’ll pull the car over instantly. Four Mile Beach remains largely undeveloped, so you can spend the day frolicking on the beach, have a picnic or wade in its warm waters. There are rock pools at the northern end of the beach, so little ones will love exploring as well.

Things to do

Boutique Shopping

Port Douglas offers relaxation and a therapeutic environment. If you’re in need of some retail therapy, it’s got that too. This compact shopper’s Nirvana has everything from large department stores and retails chains to surf shops and souvenir outlets. If you need a hand finding where to shop, check out this retail guide.

Restaurants and Cafes

Head straight for Macrossan Street, the beating heart of Port Douglas where you can taste the tropics at over 60 restaurants and cafes. From alfresco seafood dining to delectable international cuisines, there’s so much on offer and everything is fresh.

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