Sophisticated and stylish, but at the same time casual and understated. The
village is very laid-back, there's no traffic lights and most people walk or
ride a bike around town. Fringed by majestic Four Mile Beach, right beside
World Heritage listed reef and rainforest, Port Douglas is the perfect holiday
The palm studded beach, shopping boutiques, Sunday markets, warm
friendly locals, lavish accommodation for all budgets and food to die for.
Entirely relaxing. Take a day tour to the reef or rainforest, or do nothing
beside the pool. Spend the afternoon deciding where to eat. You won't be
disappointed. Port Douglas has exceptional restaurants, all with unique
ambience and innovative cuisine. With definite Asian and European influences,
fresh global seafood and tropical fruits are often the main ingredients. You
won't go hungry.
Perfectly positioned between the reef and rainforest, Port Douglas is just 1
hour drive from Cairns International Airport, and is your best base from which
to explore the stunning scenery and culture of the Tropical
With a permanent population of less than 4000
people, it doesn't take long to get to know the town and meet some of the
locals. It's also safe to walk around town day or night
Fringed by palm studded Four Mile Beach, Port Douglas has unique shopping
boutiques, lavish accommodation
and food to
die for. Port Douglas has exceptional restaurants
with innovative cuisine and a tropical ambience that reflects the warm climate.
Swimming in the sea at Four Mile Beach is ideal all year round, or take a dip in
the cool, natural swimming spots at nearby Mossman Gorge National Park.
Once a thriving seaport for the Hodgkinson Goldfields to the west, Port Douglas
was first settled in 1879, and named Salisbury. Through the decline of gold
mining and the devastating cyclone of 1911, Port Douglas has been through boom
Most of the last century Port Douglas was a small fishing village
until the early 1980's when tourism discovered this well kept secret. Still
small and charming, but these days you can expect modern comforts and
facilities. Take a day trip from Marina Mirage to the Great Barrier Reef, or
take a day trip up the Bloomfield track to Cape Tribulation and the Daintree
With it's fantastic array of accommodation
options, most visitors stay in Port Douglas for the majority of their stay
(usually at least 1 week), then venture north to stay in the heart of the
rainforest - allowing you to experience the best of the reef and rainforest.
Come stay awhile, but be warned, it's hard to leave!
Details at a Glance
Local Time: + 10 hours GMT
Global Positioning: 16 degrees 29 minutes South
145 degrees 28
minutes East (Port Douglas)
Electricity: 240 V/50 Hz/AC
Monthly rainfall on average peaks at 500 mm in every/March and drops
to about 500 mm in August.
June to December, warm/dry.
Average winter temperatures 18 degrees C, 26 degrees C, 6.5 hours sunshine.
Warm clear days and cool nights, can be windy in July. Book accommodation
at least one month ahead, and confirm at least three days ahead in the middle
of this peak period.
Low (Green) Season
January to May, hot/wet.
Average summer temperatures 23 degrees Celsius - 31 degrees Celsius, 7.5
hours sunshine. Although tropical storms can be unpredictable this time of
year, it's one of the best times to see the reef and the rainforest.