Located in the north of Queensland, Port Douglas is known for its beaches, the Great Barrier Reef, and the Daintree Rainforest. Once a sleepy fishing village, since the 1960’s it has grown into a sophisticated resort.
While Cairns used to be the place that most visitors to North Queensland would head for, Port Douglas has become a popular alternative. This seaside town has a lot to offer; luxury accommodation, beautiful restaurants, and, of course, Four Mile Beach. Which is a beautiful strip of palm-tree lined, white sand beach, and one of the most popular spots in town.
Port Douglas has a lot to offer and is the perfect place for a long weekend away. Whether that’s a romantic retreat, family break, or getaway with your friends, Port Douglas is ideal. It has everything that you could want and more.
Where’s the nearest airport?
The nearest airport is Cairns Airport and is located just over an hour’s drive away, along the coast. To get from the airport to Port Douglas, you can opt to hire a car and drive yourself, or you can use a transfer service.
Whatever you choose to do, it’s best to book in advance, as hire cars and transfers tend to get booked up quickly. The last thing you want is to spend some of your precious time away waiting around at the airport. So take the time to book your transport in advance.
Let’s talk accommodation
The only downside to Port Douglas is that most of its accommodation is located a short walk away from the main strip. That being said, if you’re not a fan of walking you can always get a taxi. There are lots of accommodation options to choose from. From plush hotels and villas to places that are a little more budget-friendly, there’s lots of options.
If you’re looking for a weekend living in luxury, it’s worth checking out the Villa Mercedes website. As there are some fantastic accommodation options on here to choose from. If you’re on more of a budget, places like The Port Douglas Queenslander, a hotel set in tropical gardens, could be ideal. There are also a range of hostels to choose from as well, if your budget is really tight.
What should you see and do while you’re here?
You can’t really go wrong when it comes to where to drink and dine in Port Douglas. However, there are some places that you really shouldn’t miss, such as Flames of the Forest. This is a unique dining experience where you will be taken deep into the rainforest. You will enjoy a night of local cuisine, along with a fantastic show, while surrounded by nature. The Beach Shack is another must-visit eatery, a favorite with locals this is one of the top places to eat here.
As for what to see and do while you’re here, there’s just so much on offer that it’s hard to pick. A boat ride and snorkeling experience of the Great Barrier Reef is a must, as is sky railing above the rainforest. Then there’s lots of local shops to explore, the beautiful Four Mile Beach, and, of course, the Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.
Port Douglas is a beautiful location that’s perfect for a long weekend away. It has lots of offer, from amazing food and an array of unique activities to the most beautiful accommodation.