Port Douglas, QLD: Destination Guide

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Indulge in the laid back lifestyle of the Great Barrier Reef with a side of luxury in the seaside town of Port Douglas.

Read on to discover the best things to see and do in Port Douglas or find and book accommodation in Port Douglas today.

About Port Doulas

Residents of Australia’s southern states head to Far North Queensland from June to August each year in search of unseasonal warmth in the comfort of Australian surroundings.

Port Douglas attracts the caravanners who can enjoy a similar laid-back, beachside lifestyle to their cashed-up holiday apartment dwelling neighbours for longer, at a fraction of the cost.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Barramundi are as thick as flies in the rivers here, so bring your rod. But don’t pack your surfboard – thanks to the reef, there’s not a decent break north of Rockhampton. The persistent south-easterlies that blow for much of the year provide perfect conditions for kite-boarding. Most caravanners prefer just to kick back, though, and it’s hard to find a much better place during the Australian winter to do that.

Attractions in Port Douglas

Great Barrier Reef

If you want to get to the Great Barrier Reef quickly and cheaply, Cairns is a closer option, but visitors to Port Douglas can explore the more distant and far less populated Agincourt Reef aboard the various fast catamarans that operate from the marina on Dicksons Inlet. You can spend an equally impressive day on the Lowe Isles, where there are many more personal boating, fishing and sailing options.


The many excellent eateries offer good variety at reasonable prices — you just can’t beat the $9.90 fresh pan-fried barra and chips at the Iron Bark Hotel from 12pm to 2pm daily — while Salsa, Harrisons and the long-revered Nautilus remain three of north Queensland’s finest restaurants.


The temperature remains between 23 and 26 degrees in July/August, dropping to a dewy 13 degrees at night.

Getting to Port Douglas

Port Douglas is about 3,100-3,500km from Melbourne and about 2,500km from Sydney, depending on the route you take.

By car

The quickest way by bitumen from Melbourne is via the Kidman Way, which takes you through Griffith, Cobar and Bourke before morphing into the Mitchell Highway north of the border. There it passes through Charleville, Barcaldine, Charters Towers and then continues up the coast from Townsville.

From Sydney, dodge the excruciatingly slow and roadworks-ridden Pacific and Bruce highways as long as you can and instead travel much faster via Cessnock, Gunnedah, Narrabri, Moree, St George, Roma and Emerald, before joining the Flinders Highway to Townsville, like the other “southerners”.

Where to stay in Port Douglas

Tropic Breeze is situated on Davidson Street, which leads to the main commercial area centred around Macrossan Street. The Big 4 Port Douglas Glengarry Holiday Park is not within walking distance of Port Douglas, but there’s a free courtesy bus.. For more accommodation options in Port Douglas, click here.

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