Port Douglas is one of the few places in the world that people instantly
fall in love with. It is hard not to be impressed with this panoramic
seaside village where you can find rusty old prawn trawlers side
by side with multi million dollar cruising yachts. Everyone is relaxed,
there are plenty of great restaurants with alfresco dining and there
is as much or as little to do as your holiday deems necessary.
from closest major city
Approximately 70kms north of Cairns (along a very scenic and well
sign posted road).
Douglas was founded in 1877 as the port town for the Hodgkinson
River Goldfields. After a series of name changes it became Port
Douglas in honour of the then Queensland Premier, John Douglas.
The town was very prosperous until Cairns became the new centre
for an upgraded rail link from the Atherton Tablelands. In 1911
a serious cyclone virtually destroyed Port Douglas. In recent years
it has become well known as a major international tourist destination.
of the town
The drive to Port Douglas along the picturesque Cook Hwy is superb,
setting the mood for what to expect when you arrive in this charming
seaside town. The road follows the coast for most of the way, occasionally
venturing into cane fields with rugged mountain back drops. The
road into Port Douglas is lined with hundreds of large palm trees.
The famous Sheraton Mirage Resort and golf course create a striking
first impression. The actual town of Port Douglas is like a small
boutique city located adjacent to the Marina Mirage. Port Douglas
has the charm of a sleepy fishing village and the sophistication
of a world class holiday destination all rolled into one.
Marina Mirage is the departure point for Reef Cruises and also an
up market shopping complex full of specialty fashion, art and gift
stores. There are also a number of tour operators and restaurants
located at the Marina Mirage Complex. There are interesting outdoor
markets held every Sunday in Anzac Park. There is an excellent wild
life attraction called Rainforest Habitat that has won many awards
as an eco tourism wildlife park. St Mary's by the sea is a non denominational
church very popular with locals as a place to be married. The views
from inside the church are superb.
Douglas is a good place to simply walk around, read a book and relax.
There is plenty to do, especially with water based activities including
reef trips, diving, fishing and paragliding. Golf is popular and
the Sheraton Golf Course is considered one of the best in Australia.
Low Isles is a beautiful island just off the coast. A day trip to
Low Isles or the Great Barrier Reef is essential.
» Visit Tours To Go’s extensive range of Port Douglas tours
There is a lot of accommodation in Port Douglas and it is either
all full or all empty. There is five star complete luxury right
down to youth hostels with the majority being motel style properties
in the 3-4 star category. Most of the accommodation in Port Douglas
is of a high standard with magnificent pools and tropical gardens
encouraging people to make the most of the facilities offered. There
are also a number of boutique style hotels in the main street -
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Mirage Golf Course
The mood in Port Douglas is relaxed. There are cafes and restaurants,
many with outdoor dining to make the most of the weather and the
views. Port Douglas has the best range of restaurants in Queensland.
The theme is predominantly seafood and there are plenty to chose
from. There are cheap takeaway fish and chips shops to sensational
five star dining experiences at restaurants like the famous Nautilus.
It is highly unlikely that you will go hungry in Port Douglas.
» Visit Cairns Dining’s Port Douglas restaurants section
Port Douglas is much smaller than Cairns but it does have all of
the services that people generally require. There are banks, chemists,
newsagents, bookstores, supermarkets, post office, taxi service,
tourist information centre, doctors, dentists, solicitors and mechanical