Port Douglas, Queensland

As a holiday destination Port Douglas is in a class of its own. It is ideally situated just one hours drive north of Cairns, beside the sparkling waters of Dickson Inlet and overlooking the picturesque Coral Sea. In Port Douglas you will find the beautiful Four Mile Beach where you can relax and play amongst the fine, white sand, as well as Flagstaff Hill where you can get some truly breathtaking views of the town and the surrounding area. The main street in Port Douglas is Macrossan Street, which is lined with boutique shops, cool eateries, award winning restaurants, traditional pubs, superb galleries and an array of quality holiday resorts and serviced apartments. All of this makes Port Douglas a true combination of friendly village and cosmopolitan township.

Port Douglas is one of the worlds most sought after holiday destinations because it is the 'Gateway' to 2 World Heritage Listed natural wonders, the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest. On a tour to the Daintree Rainforest you will be able to marvel at this pristine environment and get up close and personal to the multitude of flora and fauna species that are only found in this region. No visit to Port Douglas would be complete without taking one of the many tours to arguably Mother Nature's greatest creation, the Great Barrier Reef. Here you can explore this expansive underwater playground that it filled with breathtaking scenery, multi coloured coral formations, thousands of tropical fish species and lots of other unique marine animals. There are a large range of different vessels making daily trips to the Great Barrier Reef allowing visitors to explore the region from the comfort of a glass-bottomed boat or alternatively snorkel, swim and scuba dive around the reef.

Whilst you are on holidays in Port Douglas you can either choose to relax at one of the fabulous day spas and beauty facilities or make the most of the numerous adventure and sight-seeing activities in the area. These include swimming, sailing, kite surfing, world class golf courses, hot air balloon rides, helicopter rides over the Great Barrier Reef, crocodile farms, wildlife parks, the Kuranda skyrail and the swimming holes and walking tracks at nearby Mossman Gorge. Adventure enthusiasts can also take part in game fishing, white water rafting, horse riding, kayaking, bungy jumping, parasailing and many other exciting water sports. If you are staying in Port Douglas over the weekend then you really must explore the Sunday morning market in Anzac Park, where you will find a mix of stallholders and market growers selling a selection of hand made products, natural organic produce, arts, crafts and jewellery. For a unique Port Douglas experience why not try the Flames of the Forest live stage and dinner or take a sunset crocodile cruise on the Lady Douglas along Dickson Inlet.

How To Get There :      The only really practical way to get to Port Douglas is to fly into the Cairns Airport from either overseas or interstate. From here you will need to either hire a rental car from one of the many companies operating within the airport terminal or alternatively catch the Sun Palm Bus Service which departs for Port Douglas on a regular basis.

Weather :      Port Douglas has a truly tropical climate with 2 very distinct seasons. There is the dry season which lasts from April to November with minimal rainfall, average daytime temperatures of 28°C and average evening temperatures of 21°C. Then during the wet season from December to March there is significantly more rainfall (mostly in the evening and at night), average daytime temperatures of 31°C and average evening temperatures of 28°C.

Suitable For :      Romance seeking couples, honeymooners, relaxing getaways and luxury family holidays.

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