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.

Plan your holiday

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Daintree Discovery Centre

Cow Bay, Douglas Area
From AU$32 - 35
A multi-award winner, the Discovery Centre is nestled in the heart of the rainforest, 10 kilometres north of the Daintree River. The Centre is a 'must see' for anyone visiting the area and where you can experience the rainforest at every level - from the forest floor to the upper most reaches of the canopy.

Daintree

Daintree, Cairns Area
Stretching from Daintree Village across the river, the Daintree encompasses Cape Kimberley, Cow Bay, Thornton's Peak, Cooper Creek, Thornton Beach, Noah Valley, Cape Tribulation and the Bloomfield Track to the north.

Wangetti Beach

Wangetti, Douglas Area
Local secret Wangetti Beach is just north of Palm Cove in Tropical North Queensland. Running from Slip Cliff Point to Red Cliff Point, the four kilometres of almost straight coastline has no facilities, with only a car park on either end of the beach and a stretch of highway connecting them.

Port Douglas

Port Douglas, Douglas Area
Port Douglas is the gateway to the World Heritage wonders of Tropical North Queensland. It is the closest mainland port to the Great Barrier Reef and only a short drive into the heart of the Wet Tropics rainforest at Daintree and Cape Tribulation.

Cape Tribulation, Daintree National Park

Daintree, Cairns Area
Free Entry
Cape Tribulation, in Daintree National Park, is famed for steep rainforested mountains sweeping down to long sandy beaches and turquoise coastal waters. One of the most biologically diverse areas in the world, this park is part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area and the coastal waters are within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.

Devils Thumb (Manjal Jimalji) Trail

Whyanbeel, Douglas Area
Located in the Mossman Gorge, Daintree National Park, the Devils Thumb (Manjal Jimalji) trail begins at Little Falls Creek. This challenging trail provides an opportunity for explorers to discover the unique vegetation of the upland and lowland rainforest, as well as the amazing range of bird life native to the region.

Wonga Beach

Douglas Area
Named after the beautiful Torres Strait pigeon, Wonga Beach is a quiet refuge north of Mossman. Off shore there are views to Snapper Island and it is within easy access to the Daintree River and its rainforest habitat.

The Point Dive Site

Port Douglas, Douglas Area
The Point is a dive site on Agincourt Reef No.4, off Port Douglas, that both divers and snorkelers will love. For the snorkeler or the inexperienced diver there are fabulous coral gardens in the shallow lagoon, in depths from 1 metre to 8 metres.

Mossman Gorge, Daintree National Park

Mossman, Douglas Area
At Mossman Gorge, a section of Daintree National Park, crystal-clear water cascades over large granite boulders in the Mossman River. Lush rainforests cloak steep mountainsides from the riverbanks up to the rugged eastern slopes of the Main Coast Range.

Mount Molloy

Mount Molloy,
Mount Molloy was named to honour teamster Patrick Molloy who, in the mid 1880s, found the copper outcrop whilst searching for stray bullocks. Four years he worked it as a one man show, then amid murmurs of "claim jumping", it changed hands.
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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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