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Port Douglas Australia. Things to do in Port Douglas, activities, dining, hotels, what to see, where to go. Our Port Douglas holiday information is here to help you plan the perfect Port Douglas trip.

Port Douglas holiday guide

Firstly a quick Port Douglas overview to help you decide if Port Douglas is for you.

Facts about Port Douglas

  • Port Douglas has a tropical climate with the summer months being our “wet” season.
  • Reef boats, fishing boats, and pleasure cruises depart the Port Douglas superyacht marina pretty much every day of the year.
  • People can and do visit Port Douglas year-round.
  • You can visit the Great Barrier Reef from Port Douglas, for the outer reef, or for Low Isles.
  • Sailing, scuba diving, snorkelling, glass-bottom boats, kite surfing, SUP, there are many activities in Port Douglas.
  • The Daintree Rainforest and Mossman Gorge are very close to Port Douglas.
  • You can visit Cairns, Palm Cove, Kuranda and the Atherton Tablelands from your Port Douglas base.
  • If you're flying to FNQ, you'll likely arrive at Cairns International Airport, approximately an hour south of Port.
  • There are campsites, luxury hotels and backpacker accommodation in Port Douglas.
  • Port Douglas has an abundance of restaurants featuring Australian and international cuisines.
  • The Wildlife Habitat in Port Douglas now has its own crocodile encounter tank.
  • There are many ways to see crocodiles nearby.
  • Be aware of stinger season. Visitors still swim and go to the reef during stinger season, with reasonable precautions.
  • Port Douglas is a historic town built around the sugar industry. Tourism came later.
  • Possibly the two best hotels in Port Douglas are the Sheraton Mirage and Sea Temple. Both are outstanding hotels with huge pools.

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Can You Snorkel Off The Beach in Port Douglas?

Yes, you can snorkel off the beach in Port Douglas. It’s something I’ve done many times. But read the rest of this post to find out about potential dangers and limitations. Obviously, you snorkel at your own risk. Most visitors to Port Douglas come to snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef. For this, you need …

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Port Douglas Beach – Four Mile Beach

Port Douglas has just one beach, Four Mile Beach. Another site claims Port Douglas has multiple beaches, they’re a large, commercial site and are trying to cash in on the keyword “Port Douglas Beaches”. That keyword exists because Port Douglas has a hotel called “Beaches”. We live in Port Douglas. We live minutes from Port …

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Port Douglas at Christmas

Port Douglas is pretty popular as a Christmas holiday destination. With Australian long summer school holidays falling over the Christmas period, many families choose to travel around Christmas time and into the early New Year. However, Christmas and summer time bring some of the hottest, most humid weather to the tropics. Port Douglas is just …

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Port Douglas With Kids (What’s There To Do?)

Port Douglas Queensland Australia is a beautiful, up-market resort town with easy access to the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest. It’s a dream destination for families with kids with many safe, beautiful, outdoor things to do. We’ve called it home since our kids were toddlers, babies really. If you’ve not had a chance to …

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Can You Swim in Port Douglas?

Yes, absolutely, you can swim in Port Douglas Australia unless the lifeguards close the beach due to various unusual dangers. Beach closures aren’t common. Should you swim? There are a few things you need to know about safety, crocodiles, deadly jellyfish, nets (swimming enclosures), and lifeguards. This post is all about swimming in Port Douglas …

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Port Douglas Diving – A Day Scuba Diving with Divers Den

We’re local divers, we’ve lived in Port Douglas for many years so we can tell you a lot of what you need to know about Port Douglas diving. Scuba diving from Port Douglas is good, it’s always a fun day out and you can visit some diverse and beautiful dive sites. This post particularly reviews …

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Car Hire in Port Douglas, Is Car Hire Necessary and Which Rental Company to Use?

Hiring a car in Port Douglas can be quick and easy but during the high season the availability of cars will be limited so book ahead if you want a particular type of car. Cars available range from budget small hatch backs to convertible, 4wds and people carriers. There are far more car hire companies …

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Great Barrier Reef Tours From Port Douglas

If you’re looking for Great Barrier Reef Tours from Port Douglas, congratulations, you picked a great place from which to explore the reef. Port Douglas Australia is a stunning holiday town in Far North Queensland, home to beautiful 4 Mile Beach, close to Mossman Gorge and the Daintree Rainforest as well as the cooler Atherton …

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