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

Explore Port Douglas’ award-winning restaurants and fashion boutiques, or get out of town to discover the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef, right on your doorstep.

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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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@portdouglasdaintree might be home to one of the most picturesque churches in all of @australia ✨⛪️ After almost being demolished in the mid-1980s, The iconic St Mary’s By the Sea chapel is the last remaining church of historical significance in Port Douglas 🙌🌴 Not to mention it makes for one dreamy photo op, no wonder it's one of the region's favourite wedding spots! 😍
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Kick back & relax in style...or in a hammock at #RexSmealPark 🤷‍♀️🌴 This tropical location is within walking distance of @portdouglasdaintree's town centre & is the perfect spot to watch the view of the @wettropicsworldheritage listed rainforest & @gbrmarinepark 🍃🐠 See you here soon! 👋

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Time to just breathe & connect with nature at the @daintreeecolodge 🌬This eco-friendly boutique lodge can be found just 45 minutes north of #PortDouglas, in the heart of the world's oldest living rainforest 🍃 Stay at one of the secluded bayans & escape into a world surrounded by lush greenery 🌿 Don't worry, the kids can come too - here in @portdouglasdaintree it's a family affair 👪
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You might be thinking, whatSUP in Tropical North Queensland right now 🤔🌴 Well, this is it! With the Coral Sea just a stone’s throw away & rainforest streams nearby, no trip to @portdouglasdaintree is complete without hitting the water 🌊

@windswell_kite_sup_reef offers an array of aquatic options, raging from wild to mild 🛶 Those looking for an adrenaline fix can try foil-boarding, wakeboarding or tube riding, you can even embark on a kiteboarding “crash course” 🤸

Not feeling the need for speed? Turn down the tempo and opt for stand up paddle boarding, with a choice of destinations from a Daintree Rainforest stream, Low Isles, Snapper Island or Four Mile Beach, all you need to do is pick your paradise 🌿☀️
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Spending a little time in @portdouglasdaintree? Here’s some ideas on what to do 🌴👇

1. Settle in for a sunset picnic along the waterfront 🧺
2. Catch some croc action at @hartleyscrocodileadventures 🐊
3. Discover Indigenous traditions with @walkaboutculturaladventures 👣
4. Hit the water on a river drift snorkel with @backcountrybliss 🌿
5. Feed your inner wildlife enthusiast at @wildlifehabitat 🦜
​6. Go market hopping & enjoy local produce 🥭
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Click the bio link for more fun ideas 📲

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Nothing beats the pastels of sunset at #FourMileBeach in @portdouglasdaintree 🌴🌅 This magical spot is one of @tropicalnorthqueensland's most famed beaches & it's not hard to see why ☀️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 🌴 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 🐚✨
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​There's plenty of gems that make @tropicalnorthqueensland so special & @portdouglasdaintree is one of the best ✨🍃 Hailed as a flop-and-drop town where it’s rumoured no buildings are taller than a coconut tree & glamorous resorts and boutique accommodation shines, the town breathes relaxation & chilled tropical vibes 🏝 ​From beach lovin' days to pumping nightlife, Port Douglas has something for every taste 🌸⛵️

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We already know you’re going to love this one 😉 #FlagstaffHillLookout is one of the most famous views in @portdouglasdaintree, overlooking the incredible #FourMileBeach ☀️🌊 We hear it’s a pretty epic spot to catch the sunrise - some things are worth waking up early for! ⏰
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