Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas from above

Where to go

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.

Four Mile Beach

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.

Dining & Restaurants

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.

The Great Barrier Reef Drive

Tips

  • Join the locals for a low-key dinner and locally-brewed beer at Hemingways and enjoy stunning marina views. Opt for modern Australian fair with a twist at Zinc or transport your tastebuds to the taste of Barcelona with tasty share plates at Seabean Tapas.

  • 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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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.

What’s On

Indulge at food, wine and beer festivals, or push yourself with a coastal triathlon or one of the world’s toughest mountain bike races.

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Yep, that’s @portdouglasdaintree for you - gorgeous scenery right down to the roadside🌴

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It doesn’t get more rainforest-y than the #DaintreeRainforest 🌴🦋

@portdouglasdaintree is one of the best places in the region to experience Indigenous culture 👣 Explore sacred land with Traditional Custodians as you learn about ancient tools, medicine, stories and more! 🍃 

Let the world's oldest culture welcome you to the world's oldest living tropical rainforest 💙

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We sent @jadeexplores off on an adventure to @portdouglasdaintree, check out what she got up to! 🌴🌺

📍 @thalabeach 
📍 Mowbray River
📍 Four Mile Beach & Flagstaff Hill 
📍 ANZAC Park & Rex Smeal Park
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📍 @sailawayportdouglas

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Boat parties in @portdouglasdaintree is where it’s at 🥳

Whether you’re heading out on a guided river tour or hiring your own boat, there’s no better way to spend the day than exploring the waterways of the tropics 🌱 

What’s your favourite boating pastime? Ours is croc-spotting! 🐊

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[ID: two people on a boat floating down a river with trees either side]
@portdouglasdaintree will have you swinging for joy 😝🌴

This hidden gem might not be on the top of your travel list, but it’s definitely worth a wander 🐚✨ Say hello to #CowBay, with three secluded bays, it’s the perfect place for a little bit of R&R during your travels⛱ If you’re after a bit more action, try a guided sea kayaking tour 🛶 

Did you know that Cow Bay really was named after cows 🐮 Rumour has it, the name comes from local cattle farming back in the day or sea cows (dugongs) that feed in the area 🌊

Don’t worry, you’ll settle into the ‘swing’ of things around here pretty quickly 🍃🐠

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Unrivalled coastal views weave through natural World Heritage wonders in @portdouglasdaintree & #OakBeach is no exception 🌴⛵ Just 10 minutes from #PortDouglas, ​Oak Beach is a sleepy beachfront haven, perfect spot for a secluded stay ✨ ️

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Hey @portdouglasdaintree, you’re a dream ✨🥰

One of our favourite sunset locations is #RexSmealPark and it’s no secret as to why! 🌴

Could you imagine yourself sitting here while the sun goes down over the stunning coral sea? 🐠

📸 @exploring9to5 #explorecairnsGBR #exploreTNQ

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