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Port DouglasAustralia

This former fishing village’s easy access to the Great Barrier Reef is just one of the draws of this famous vacation paradise.

In tropical Port Douglas the unique ecosystem of the Daintree Rainforest meets the biggest barrier reef in the world. This perfect combination makes this laid-back Queensland town popular with visitors from all over the world.

A lush rainforest and a pristine beach lined with waving palm trees are just some of the town’s attractions. The Sunday craft markets, lunches on breezy pub balconies, a tropical zoo, art galleries and boutique stores are other appealing highlights.

Walk or drive to Island Point Lookout for excellent views over Four Mile Beach and beyond. Port Douglas’ environmentally minded residents have always opposed beach development; this explains the lack of high-rise buildings, which adds to the area’s appeal. Stroll along the water’s edge and take a dip in the warm ocean tide. In summer, poisonous jellyfish inhabit the Coral Sea, so wear adequate protection or stick to beachcombing.

Book a cruise to explore the Great Barrier Reef. All boats depart from the Marina Mirage. One of the shortest tours available is a cruise to Low Isles, with its historic lighthouse, turtles and sting rays. Most trips take a day and allow you to scuba dive and snorkel along the outer reefs.

On the weekend, head to the Sunday markets at Anzac Park to meet the artistic locals and shop for souvenirs. Come back later for sunset views of the historic Port Douglas Sugar Wharf standing over the Coral Sea.

Port Douglas is full of accommodation options, from hostels and town houses to spa resorts. High season is between November and May, the hottest part of the year. The town is small enough to walk around and buses and taxis can drop you off at major attractions.

The freshwater creek of Mossman Gorge, on the edge of the precious Daintree Rainforest, is just a 20-minute drive away. Rental cars and tours can be booked in town.

Port Douglas is one of Australia’s best vacation destinations if you love sunshine, beaches and snorkeling in the tropics.

Top Hotels in Port Douglas

Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Port Douglas
Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Port Douglas
5 out of 5
Port Douglas Road, Port Douglas, QLD
The price is ¥18,584 per night from Feb 5 to Feb 6

Offering direct access to the beach, this Port Douglas resort is within 2 mi (3 km) of Four Mile Beach, Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina, and Sugar Wharf. Wildlife ...

4.4/5Excellent! (559 reviews)

"Beautiful resort with great facilities and restaurants. Staff were always accomadating & friendly."…"

Reviewed on Jan 7, 2021

Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Port Douglas
Oaks Port Douglas Resort
Oaks Port Douglas Resort
4.5 out of 5
87 Port Douglas Road, Port Douglas, QLD
The price is ¥11,418 per night from Jan 18 to Jan 19

This family-friendly Port Douglas aparthotel is located near the beach, within 2 mi (3 km) of Four Mile Beach and Wildlife Habitat. Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,338 reviews)

"Great location, well designed in a tropical setting. Friendly and efficient staff. Rooms were great. Couldn’t ask for more with our short break away."…"

Reviewed on Dec 18, 2020

Oaks Port Douglas Resort
Mantra PortSea
Mantra PortSea
4 out of 5
76 Davidson Street, Port Douglas, QLD
The price is ¥13,090 per night from Jan 18 to Jan 19

Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Four Mile Beach and Macrossan Street. Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina and Port Village Shopping ...

3.9/5Very Good! (649 reviews)

"Grest atmosphere, perfect for families. Pool was excellent and staff very helpful."…"

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2021

Mantra PortSea
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Port Douglas

Oaks Port Douglas Resort
Oaks Port Douglas Resort
4.5 out of 5
87 Port Douglas Road, Port Douglas, QLD
The price is ¥11,418 per night from Jan 18 to Jan 19

This family-friendly Port Douglas aparthotel is located near the beach, within 2 mi (3 km) of Four Mile Beach and Wildlife Habitat. Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,338 reviews)

"Great location, well designed in a tropical setting. Friendly and efficient staff. Rooms were great. Couldn’t ask for more with our short break away."…"

Reviewed on Dec 18, 2020

Oaks Port Douglas Resort
Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort and Spa
Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort and Spa
5 out of 5
Mitre Street, Craiglie, QLD
The price is ¥15,635 per night from Jan 29 to Jan 30

Offering direct access to the beach, this Craiglie aparthotel is next to a golf course and within 1 mi (2 km) of Four Mile Beach and Wildlife Habitat. Crystalbrook ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (896 reviews)

"Excellent accomodation and fantastic resort fit all young and young at heart Service was 1st class and staff were very friendly Well appointed studio rooms"…"

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2020

Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort and Spa
Pool Port Douglas
Pool Port Douglas
4.5 out of 5
19-37 St Crispins Avenue, Port Douglas, QLD

Situated near the beach, this luxury apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Four Mile Beach and Wildlife Habitat. Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina and Sugar ...

4.3/5Excellent! (324 reviews)

"Friendly staff. Clean appartments. Beautiful pools."…"

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2021

Pool Port Douglas
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Port Douglas

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Verified traveler

Dec 15, 2019

Loved this town! Perfect for a few days away!

5/5 - Excellent

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Oct 18, 2019

Beautiful area, didn't want to leave.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Aug 31, 2019

Port Douglas had a nice laid back vibe with some terrific restaurants.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Aug 15, 2019

A great stay. We found food and drinks expensive but there is a Coles to enable self catering. A great variety of restaurants to chose from. We did the Great Barrier trip and the sky rail and train to Karunda. Very well organized and worth the trip.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Aug 13, 2019

The town itself is quite relaxing. The availability of wonderful ecotourism opportunities is pretty amazing.

4/5 - Good

YT

Jul 21, 2019

If you’re looking to find a good mix of taking it easy, with some fun experiences in between, Port Douglas is a good fit. We did the Wildlife Habitat, Sunday Markets, Mossman’s Gorge, River rafting, and of course, the Great Barrier Reef in a week.

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