Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas from above

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Port Douglas

Port Douglas is the Capital of Barefoot Luxury

Resorts draw celebrities and families to this little slice of paradise between the rainforest and the reef.

This is nature’s playground … where her wildlife flaunts its beauty in a stunning native context

Jack Jenkins – The Nature Kid

Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas

THE PERFECT PLAYGROUND

When the Sheraton Mirage resort opened in 1987, it transformed Port Douglas from a sleepy village into a tropical playground for the rich and famous. In three decades, the town has become the region’s high-end resort hub. But even with all that luxury, Port Douglas hasn’t lost its classic Queensland charm and it’s still the kind of place where you’ll be more at home in board shorts than a ball gown.

four mile beach port douglas

A STUNNING STRETCH

The famous Four Mile Beach runs along the edge of Port Douglas, a pretty stretch of golden sand that’s remained largely undeveloped. Flop on the sand, swim in the warm waters of the Coral Sea or explore the rock pools at the beach’s northern end.

Mud Mussels - Walkabout Cultural Adventures

TRY THE TASTES OF THE TROPICS

Macrossan Street is the town’s main artery, with more than 60 restaurants and cafes within walking distance. Settle in for house-made gnocchi at Salsa Bar, a smorgasbord of tapas at Seabean, or the ultimate brekkie at The Little Larder. After dark, Macrossan Street comes to life with the best nightlife often bouncing between the Courthouse Hotel and Paddy’s Irish Pub.

Hunt for your own food, including mud crabs, fish and crustaceans with Kuku Yalanji Traditional Custodians on Walkabout Cultural Adventures at Cooya Beach, just north of Port Douglas.

Hemingway's Brewery Tasting Paddle

ICE-COLD INDULGENCES

At the newly redeveloped Reef Marina you’ll find some of Port Douglas’ top eateries, including Hemingway’s Brewery where locally brewed beer (made with water from Mossman Gorge) is paired with a deliciously casual menu. Grab a spot under the striped umbrellas at Barbados, a chic cocktail bar and restaurant overlooking the Dickson Inlet, serving tapas-style small plates, fresh seafood and pizza. Get a table at On the Inlet at 5pm to watch George (a 250-kilo groper), be fed and then stay for your own dinner of a towering seafood platter.

Port Douglas Markets

THE URGE TO SPLURGE

The shopping in Port Douglas is on par with what you would find in the country’s most stylish capitals, making it a much-loved sartorial hotspot for locals and visitors alike. There are boutiques selling major international labels, one-of-a-kind local designs, handcrafted jewellery and breezy beach-inspired homewares. Don’t miss the markets held every Sunday morning. Producers come from all over the region to sell jewellery, crafts, clothes, pottery, fresh fruit and more.

great barrier reef drive

THE ROAD TO PARADISE

Port Douglas is at the centre of the Great Barrier Reef Drive, the most picturesque stretch of highway in the region. It hugs the coast from Cairns to Cape Tribulation, winding along with rainforest on one side and the ocean on the other. It’s also the closest town to Tropical North Queensland’s twin UNESCO World Heritage sites – the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef – and is a great jumping-off point for day-trips to either.

Tips

  • Join the locals for a low-key dinner of fish and chips on the wharf. Or keep that feet-in-the-sand feel at The Beach Shack, a tropical bar and restaurant with comfy couches, brightly coloured lanterns and a sandy floor.

  • Take a drive inland to the picturesque town of Mossman, set among the cane fields at the foot of the mountains. It’s famous for its Saturday morning markets, held in the shade of towering raintrees, and selling locally grown fruit and vegetables, clothing, arts and crafts, cakes and excellent coffee.

  • Port Douglas is one of the best golfing destinations in Australia, with three exceptional 18-hole courses close to town. Choose between the Palmer Sea Reef Golf Course and Country Club, the Mirage Country Club and the Mossman Golf Club.

  • While the town is compact, many of the resorts are spread out along the highway. If you don’t have a car, shuttle buses run between the main resorts, the town and the marina. Or you can hire a bike and get around under your own steam.

Discover More

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Rex Smeal Park Port Douglas

Getting here

  • Car at Red Cliff point

    By car

    Self-drive or hire a car and explore the Great Barrier Reef Drive from Cairns to Cape Tribulation, stopping at Port Douglas.

  • Bus on road to Port Douglas

    By coach/bus

    Tours depart Cairns and Palm Cove daily for the Daintree, with return stops available in Port Douglas. Shuttle services and private transfers are also available from Cairns and Palm Cove.

Stay

Creature comforts have never looked so elegant.

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There are worse places to be than the wild & beautiful #CapeTribulation  in @portdouglasdaintree 🌿✨ The locals say that walking through the Daintree Rainforest is like taking a step back in time, to when dinosaurs roamed the broad-leafed Gondwanaland 🦕 Discover it for yourself at the @daintreediscovery centre 🍃

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What big feet you have 👣 This ancient beast (otherwise known as the Southern Cassowary) goes by a number of names across the different Indigenous language groups in the region 🌴 Some of these include “Gunduy”, “Boondarra”, “Gindaja” & many more 🧡 

Much like it’s name, this magnificent bird has more than one origin story, but the cassowary remains a culturally significant piece of Indigenous heritage in @tropicalnorthqueensland 🌺 You might be lucky enough to spot one on a tour through @portdouglasdaintree with @walkaboutculturaladventures or @cultureconnect_australia 👀🦖

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A picnic under the palms might just be the perfect way to end your weekend 🌴🧺 You can stop looking for a place to go, we’re found paradise right here in @portdouglasdaintree ✨🌺 Say hello to #RexSmealPark, with unobstructed views over the Coral Sea this is one of the best spots to kick back & watch the sunset from 🌅 
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Living up to its name with four miles of golden sands & swaying palms, #FourMileBeach is one of @portdouglasdaintree’s most popular beaches 🏝 Take to the sands by bicycle, hire a sun lounge & spend your day relaxing under the shade of an umbrella or take a dip in the calm waters ⛱🌺 Here you’ll also find the trailhead to Flagstaff Hill & plenty places to eat within walking distance 🌴 
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​Anywhere you stay in Port Douglas is far from the beach, but there are a number of accommodation options where you’ll walk right out onto the beach 🐚✨ Time to stop in at @sheratongrandportdouglas perhaps? 🤔
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Relaxation has taken on a new soundtrack drifting down the #MossmanRiver with a chorus of birdsong, the gentle babble of the river & soft hum of cicadas filling the air ✨🌿 You'll feel nothing but blissed out on @BackCountryBlissAdventures' river drift snorkel tour in @PortDouglasDaintree, where you can explore rainforest waters with a mask & snorkel or quietly drift along admiring the canopy 🍃😍
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We’re back once again with the beautiful #RexSmealPark, just in case you forgot how nice @portdouglasdaintree is ✨🌴 Settle in with a picnic with a front row seat to breathtaking views over the Coral Sea 🐠🌿 Don’t worry, we’ll save you a spot 🧺

📸 @mel.k.campbell #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
#OakBeach really does have the whole package 🌿🐚 Tropical rainforest, white sandy beaches & crystal clear ocean views, check check & check ✅

Once you’re done exploring the beautiful beaches of @portdouglasdaintree, stop in at @thalabeach & go coco-nutty for the view 🌴🥥

We’ll see you there soon, right? 😉

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With unobstructed views of the beautiful Coral Sea 🌊 & rainforest-clad mountain ranges ⛰ #RexSmealPark in @portdouglasdaintree is a popular spot for visitors to catch a glimpse of the sunset over the @gbrmarinepark 🐠 It’s the perfect place to pull up a chair under the palms & have a picnic with the family 🧺🌴
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