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Four Mile Beach from Port Douglas Lookout

Situated approximately 70km north of Cairns, Port Douglas Queensland is a great holiday destination. With hot summers and warm winters, the beaches here are never closed and it's always a good time to be here.

With such favorable climatic conditions, a great many things to do and a large number of local attractions, it really is no wonder that Port Douglas is one of Australia’s most popular holiday destinations.

In the peak tourism months of May to September, the population of this town swells up to nearly twice its size!

Things to Do In Port Douglas Queensland

There's plenty to do in and around the town when you find yourself here.

Once a quiet little country town, Port Douglas has become a really popular place to holiday. Even Bill Clinton, former USA president and his wife Hilary Clinton holidayed here.

The majestic Royal Palms line the road in to town, which immediately gives you the feeling that you're very welcome here.

art at port douglas markets


With multiple shops to explore in the town, you won’t be disappointed. Whether you’re looking for that last minute swimsuit or you’re simply in the mood to shop.

The Port Douglas shopping experience is not complete if you haven’t been to the Sunday Markets. Look around for homemade souvenirs and other items that you might want to take home for gifts.

There's always a good range of woodwork and metalwork art, handmade jewelry and clothing, several edible delights like jams, sauces, and local cocktails amongst other things.

Everyone that has a stall here are the owners and producers of their items to be sold.

There's also locally grown fruit and vegetables. A must try is the wonderful coconut stall that has you drinking the freshest coconut milk, then after you've tried that, then they chop up the flesh of the coconut and put in flavours of your choice – sweet or savoury!

It's so delicious, you'll be going back for more...if you can fill it in.

cricket at four mile beach


If you don’t mind a bit of a walk, you’ll love the Port Douglas Four Mile beach stretch that makes for a great leisure walk from one end to the other.

You’ll also find hire equipment, ice-creams and drinks stores along the Main Beach.

Another must see is a good walk up Flagstaff Hill. Once there you'll have the most amazing view of Four Mile Beach and beyond, towards Cairns.


For those of you who prefer cycling, you can rent out bikes and go cycling along the Four Mile beach and cut down the time taken to a third.

Zai restaurant entrance, Port Douglas


The local restaurants in Port Douglas know how to satiate your appetite. Not only that, but they're also famous for matching up to the best lifestyle restaurants across the world. A single trip to Port Douglas will definitely not be enough for you to savor all the culinary delights that this little town has to offer!

One of our favourites is Zai Restaurant.

We stumbled across this one actually, while taking photos of they're lovely big poinsiana tree out the front.

It's not in the main street of Port, but you drive past it on the way in.

You'll be amazed at the absolutely gorgeous tropical garden with a pool at the bottom of the path.

Follow the path to the top and you find the restaurant hidden away nicely in the tropical garden.

It follows a Japanese theme but the menu has an international influence.

The breakfasts are absolutely delicious and very reasonable in price. Try the Eggs Benedict with Salmon or keep it simple with bacon. Either one is a winner!

David and Fiona at Port Douglas

Annual Events

If you’re planning on visiting Port Douglas Queensland, a good time would be when either of its two annual events is held. During the month of May, the Port Douglas Carnivale stretches over two weekends and over 10,000 people witness and participate in the festivities that begin with the Macrossan Street Parade.

Alternately, you should visit in the months of October and November. Around mid-October, the Porttoberfest kicks off and carries on into the Go Troppo Arts Festival, winding up with The Sunset in the Park Music Festival on the last weekend of the month.

Once you are done enjoying the beer, art, and music, the athlete in you might prefer to stick around till November for the annual The Great Barrier Reef Marathon Festival.

Check out some of the various Port Douglas tours available. Maybe something here will catch your fancy. 

Some Favoured Tours and Attractions

Bally Hooley, Port Douglas

Balley Hooley

You can take a round trip or catch the steam train to one of the large resorts en route. It starts at the Marina Mirage every Sunday and chugs slowly around the town, taking in some sights and famous resorts.

It's lovingly operated by a team of dedicated volunteers and all the proceeds go back into the running of this historic little train.

Wildlife Habitat

One of the most popular attractions in Port Douglas Queensland is the Famous for Breakfast with the Birds, and Lunch with the Lorikeets.

This sanctuary allows you to come up close and personal with some rare and interesting animals and birds.

Come in the morning and spend the day here, starting off with a full hot breakfast as well as a selection of tropical treats, pastries, cereals and freshly baked bread.

Afterwards, enjoy some guided tours and animal presentations. Come up close and personal with a koala, crocodile or a python and you can also have your photo taken with them.

Wildlife Habitat, Port Douglas

Cape Tribulation

Take a trip to the famous World Heritage Daintree National Park. There's a number of different tours ranging in price and you can also opt for a self drive tour or hire a car and go it alone.

Low Isles and Great Barrier Reef

Sail to the Low Isles and snorkel or dive in the sheltered waters of this magnificent marine sanctuary. Low Isles houses a working lighthouse which has been operating since 1878.

The beauty of the Low Isles is that there'll be no crowds as there's only a limited number of passengers allowed.

Take a catamaran to the outer Barrier Reef where you can learn all about the history of the reef and swim amongst the abundance of tropical fish and corals.

Drive entering Port Douglas


Port Douglas Queensland is famous for their International standard golf courses. It's a golfers paradise here. Three golf courses all within a short drive of each other.

Choose from the original Sheraton Mirage Country Club, Sea Temple Golf and Country Club or the Mossman Golf Club.

Other Golf courses are closer to Cairns and are also picturesque championship courses.

Port Douglas Queensland has lots to offer and while it's not possible to cover everything, you can have fun working down the list of great things to do and dining at all sorts of wonderful restaurants.

Boatshed at Port Douglas

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