Located just an hour's drive from Cairns along a spectacular coast road, Port Douglas is a relaxed yet sophisticated seaside town set amongst a backdrop of two spectacular World Heritage listed jewels; the Great Barrier Reef and the rainforests of Daintree and Cape Tribulation.
Surrounded by forest and Coral Sea, it is the perfect place to relax and indulge the senses, offering the charm of a village with the sophistication of world class restaurants, shopping and nature-based activities. If you're on a mission to escape the hectic pace of your day-to-day life, you've come to the right place.
Why not plan your tropical holiday around a Port Douglas event? Families can take part in the Four Mile Beach Day, watch the yachts race the Clipper Cup, visit the Port Douglas Sunday Markets or even go to a campfire and sing-along.
The annual Carnivale festival is a magical event held during the last 10 days of May, with music, arts, sports, food, culture and plenty of entertainment for young and old. If food is your passion, book a seat at a signature food event such as the longest lunch, food and wine festival, seafood extravaganza or degustation under the stars.
Port Douglas also offers the perfect base to explore the natural beauty of tropical north Queensland.
Enjoy leisurely walks through the Daintree Forest, sign up for a safari escape to Cape Tribulation or submerge yourself in the reef waters of the Coral Sea or crystal creeks of Mossman Gorge.
A visit to north Queensland isn't complete without experiencing the breathtaking beauty of the Great Barrier Reef - one of the seven wonders of the world. Visit for a day or stay for a week. Go snorkelling or scuba diving, hop aboard a fishing charter or helicopter tour, swim with dolphins, go whale watching, let the kids marvel at life below the ocean from their glass-bottomed boat or simply laze around on golden beaches.
Spend some time with the Kuku Yalanji people who are indigenous to the region. Listen to their stories, visit Aboriginal art galleries and join indigenous rainforest tours to get real insight into Aboriginal culture.
There's so much to see and do - you'll never want to leave!
Things to do in Port Douglas
- Great Barrier Reef
- Mossman Gorge
- Daintree Rainforest
- Four Mile Beach
- Port Douglas Marina
- Island Point lookout
- Dickson's Inlet daily river cruises
- Bally Hooley Steam Railway
Port Douglas events not to miss
- Port Douglas Carnivale - May
- Seafood Extravaganza - May
- Coral Coast Triathlon - May
- Go Troppo Arts Festival - October
- Port Douglas Markets - every Sunday