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Why visit Port Douglas
Port Douglas has everything that Australia is known for: lush rainforest, pristine coastline, reef, and outback. With so much on offer, this laid-back haven is the perfect holiday for thrill-seekers and relaxation-seekers alike. With access to both the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest, tourists in this neck of the woods get front row seats to some of Australia's most iconic experiences.
Best time to visit Port Douglas
The best time to visit Port Douglas is over the dry season (May-October). The temperatures are cooler than during the wet season but still warm and there is less rainfall. This is also the best time to visit for ocean swimming as swimming is not recommended between November and March due to box jellyfish.
Getting around Port Douglas
You can get around the main areas of Port Douglas by foot but if you'd like to take a public transport option there are local shuttle buses that can take you around Port Douglas. If you are looking to venture further out of Port Douglas, you'll be hard pressed to find any public transport options and will likely have to organise with a private tour company.
What to do in Port Douglas
Stroll along Four Mile Beach and feel the ocean breeze in your hair, then head to the Port Douglas Markets where you'll find hand-crafted souvenirs and locally produced treats. Snorkel or scuba along the Great Barrier Reef or go horseback riding at Cape Tribulation. There's no shortage of things to do in Port Douglas, even if the only thing on your to-do list is to relax.
Free things to do in Port Douglas
Visit Mossman Gorge
Port Douglas can be expensive but with an abundance of natural beauty, there's no shortage of amazing things you can do for free or cheap. Hit the walking tracks at Mossman Gorge and marvel at the beauty of the rainforest. When you're ready for a break, take a dip in the Mossman Gorge swimming hole with water so clear you can see straight to the bottom. If you don't have a car with you, you may have to spend a little money getting there. It's about a 20 minute drive from Port Douglas.
Rex Smeal Park
Rex Smeal Park is located by the water on the very tip of the Port Douglas peninsula. Fringed with swaying palm trees and with stunning views over the coral sea, this park is the perfect place for a picnic, complete with bbq facilities and public restrooms. Rex Smeal Park is also perfectly situated to allow you to watch the sunrise or set.
Fun things to do in Port Douglas
Get active at Four Mile Beach
Four Mile Beach is, you guessed it, long. With such a big beach there are so many things you can do that don't just involve swimming and tanning. However if that's all you want to do, Four Mile Beach is the beach for it. Hire a bike, try stand up paddle boarding, or learn to kitesurf if you're looking for a little more extreme adventure.
Indulge in a Day Spa
Alternatively if you need to relax and unwind, Port Douglas is the perfect place to indulge in some day spa activity with plenty of day spas to choose from. Enjoy the very best in relaxation at Vie Spa Port Douglas located in Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort & Spa, a calm oasis tailored to meet the unique needs of each guest.
What to eat & drink in Port Douglas
In tropical sunny Port Douglas alfresco dining is the name of the game. Head over to the Marina for a veritable smorgasbord of dining and drinking options. Barbados is the perfect choice for rum and cocktail lovers, this cocktail bar specialises in delicious rum-based cocktails, or drop in to Hemingway's Brewery for gastropub fare. If you're after a more wholesome affair, Choo Choo's on the Marina offers a delightful all-day breakfast menu.
Where to stay in Port Douglas
After such a full day, you'll need a cosy spot to unwind. Feel welcome at Accor's Port Douglas accommodation, with hotels, resorts and apartments spread throughout the city. Whether looking for a luxury retreat, or a budget-friendly space, you'll find exactly what suits your fancy at a Port Douglas hotel.