Situated just one hour from the city of Cairns, the laid-back marina town of Port Douglas is an unexpected gem. Nestled between two UNESCO World Heritage sites, The Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics, Port Douglas holidays are drenched in natural beauty, with lush green rainforests, colourful reefs and beautiful beaches that stretch for miles.
The tropical adventures begin on Captain Cook Highway, with the drive from Cairns to Port Douglas offering a scenic coastal route that will undoubtedly take your breath away. As you reach the town you’ll find roads fringed with palm trees leading to a strip of stylish restaurants, bars, cafes, boutiques, bookshops and galleries. At the end of the main street, you’ll see St Mary's, a picturesque chapel that looks out to sea, along with Anzac Park, an idyllic sunset spot for picnics and social gatherings.
From the rainforest to reef
A Port Douglas holiday would not be complete without a Great Barrier Reef snorkelling and scuba diving cruise, a magical experience that will remain in your heart forever. If you are keen to enjoy a little romance and relaxation, take your pick from a multitude of quiet and secluded tropical beaches in this region, such as Cooya Beach. Adrenaline junkies can spend a morning crocodile-spotting on a Daintree River cruise or venturing off-road into the rainforest and across the beaches of Cape Tribulation in a 4WD.
With plenty of action-packed days, filled with unforgettable adventures, families will love Port Douglas holidays. A trip to Port Douglas pairs well with a holiday in Cairns, or why not fly to Brisbane and travel to the Sunshine Coast for more incredible scenes of natural beauty and wildlife? There is no request too large or small, our Destination Specialists are here to make your holiday dreams reality. Give us a call today to create a tailor-made Port Douglas holiday package.
Great sample itineraries
Get inspired by our selection of popular itineraries for Port Douglas holidays. With so many options for your Port Douglas holiday package, we recommend you talk to one of our Destination Specialists to make the perfect tailor-made holiday just for you.
East Coast Australia Guided Tour
Luxury Escorted Tour Australia New Zealand
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Best time to visit Port Douglas
The best time to visit Port Douglas is between June to October. Being a tropical location, this is the coolest and driest period of the year and many of the tourist attractions in Port Douglas are relatively quiet during this time. The wet season is usually between November to April, and during this period it can get incredibly hot and humid, and there is a high chance of monsoons and flooding.
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“For peaceful rainforest walks, possible Cassowary sightings and a great spot for a swim, take a visit to Mossman Gorge, part of the Daintree Rainforest. This is the traditional homeland of the indigenous Kuku Yalanji people.”
“Make time for the Port Douglas market on Sundays. It’s worth skipping breakfast at your hotel as you’ll be sure to discover lots of locally-grown fresh fruit and culinary treats that will tickle your tastebuds. Enjoy the live music, treat yourself to a luxurious massage, and wander around the stalls where you’ll find many authentic Australian souvenirs and unique trinkets to buy.”
Events & Festivals
Festivals and events are wonderful to include during your Port Douglas holiday, offering a glimpse into the country’s authentic culture and traditions. Port Douglas offers a huge selection of fun events held throughout the year that can be enjoyed by everyone. Here are a few of our top suggestions.
Port Shorts Film Festival
Held in October, Port Shorts Film Festival has been developed to showcase the best emerging filmmakers in Port Douglas.
Taste Port Douglas
Held in mid-August, Taste Port Douglas is an annual celebration of North Queensland’s food, culture & lifestyle.
Yarrabah Band Festival
Held in June, in the beachside town of Yarrabah just under two hours drive from Port Douglas, Yarrabah Band Festival is an annual indigenous celebration of live music, local food and art.
Get a flavour of the local culture through your palate during your Port Douglasholiday. Port Douglas cuisine ranges from staple Aussie dishes, such as the classic meat pie or parmy and chips, to flavoursome tropical produce and fresh-off-the-boat seafood, locally-sourced and packed full of multicultural flavours. Served al fresco or with a tropical twist, there is no doubt, Port Douglas’s local cuisine will be a major highlight of your Port Douglas holiday. Here are a few of our favourite dishes.
From beach to street, you’ll see coconuts everywhere in Port Douglas. At Port Douglas markets you can order a fresh coconut to drink and then return it to the stall for brunch. The vendors then crack open the shell, slice up the coconut meat inside to make it fluffy, fill one half with a home-grown rocket and tomato salad dressed with tamari, and the other half with squishy ripe banana and sweet coconut syrup. It’s delicious
An Aussie meat pie usually contains diced or minced meat and gravy, with onions, mushrooms, or cheese blended into the filling. Aussie meat pies are a snack you’ll find everywhere from bakeries to servos (service stations) and supermarkets. Mocka’s Pie Shop is a popular pit stop for locals visiting Port Douglas.
With over 20 different varieties of cane growing in the area, sugarcane juice is a local treat you can try at either Port Douglas or Mossman markets. Jump on a peddle bike and squeeze your own sugarcane juice. This refreshing treat is best enjoyed with crushed ice and a splash of lemon.
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