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Port Douglas Accommodation. Best Hotels, Resorts, Rentals and Hostels

 As a former long-term Port Douglas residents turned professional traveller, we know the local accommodation from hotels to hostels very well indeed. Readers often ask where to stay, which is the best hotel in Port Douglas, what hostel is most affordable and what accommodation is best for families? They need recommendations for backpackers, family holidays, for budget trips, and for luxury romantic breaks, the complete cross-section of travel styles. We’ve put together a few suggestions at multiple price points to get you started. But first, lets talk about Port Douglas as a destination.

Where to stay in Port Douglas

Port Douglas is a small, beautifully located, resort town around 1 hour north of Cairns by car. Our short video below showcases our town.

People visit Port Douglas for our tropical climate, unspoilt, natural beach and to take trips to the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest. Those are the big draws but there are loads of other attractions and things to do in the Port Douglas area, paid and natural.

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There is a lot of Port Douglas content on this travel blog already and we also cover the surrounding area. If you’re looking for ideas on what to do in the area, try these:

Port Douglas also offers visitors some great dining opportunities, plenty of places for children to play and a changing scene of local festivals and events.

I should particularly mention Port Douglas Carnivale which is held in May every year ( not 2020). Our family is very fond of Carnivale’s Seafood Festival and the retro family street parade.

Port Douglas Accommodation. Hotel and Hostel Recommendations.

We have some deliciously luxurious top-end hotels and resorts in Port, a fair cover of mid-range places and a few budget options for young backpackers or families.

Golf courses and spas are thick on the ground and many hotels offer gyms.

I’d like to share some of our favourite places with you. Forgive me, I’m not in Port at the moment, so I have few hotel and hostel photos of my own to share, but I’ll be back in Port next year to review more Port Douglas hotels and share images here.

Best Area to Stay in Port Douglas

The heart of Port Douglas, the town, shops, restaurants and market, are at the tip of a long narrow peninsula. Macrossan Street is the main road from 4 Mile Beach and it passes directly through town to Dickinson’s Inlet ( Where the Sunday Market is held and where you’ll find the Marina and Sugar Wharf).

Not so many larger hotels are in this area. Most of the big luxury resort hotels are spread along the peninsula and some are quite a way out of town.

From Sea Temple, for instance, expect a walk of around 45 minutes to Macrossan Street. Sea Temple is a dream of a hotel, don’t let this put you off.

Some hotels are on the beach side ( Sea Temple and The Sheraton included) but few are truly beach front.

Because Four Mile Beach is a protected area a strip of trees and, in places, jungle, backs the beach and prevents sea views.  Sea Temple has boardwalks through to the beach through the natural forest. It’s only a few metres and we think this is rather a nice feature.

The Sheraton is as close as Port Douglas gets to beach side. This gives the beach a natural appearance but unfortunately there is nowhere to get a meal or drink on the beach. For dining with a view try the  Combined Club or Tin Shed on Dickinson’s Inlet or one of the Marina bars and restaurants. The Surf Club is as close as you’ll get to beach side dining.

The best area to stay in Port Douglas depends on your needs. Are you willing to walk or take a car into town? Do you want to be footsteps from the beach? Would you prefer to be on Macrossan St.? Importantly do you have a hire car?

Most of the outer hotels will operate shuttles but Australia is a country built around car ownership. We’ve indicated below where these hotels are located.

The Best Hotels in Port Douglas

It’s very difficult to say if a hotel is 5 star, 4 star, 3 star etc. Many hotels are self-assessed and without ” official” ranking. We’ve tried to give you some indication on this page but star rankings are only to give you a rough guide. Each hotel booking or review site will also have its own star system. Please look at the properties below and form your own view of their star rankings.

Some of the best hotels in Port Douglas, all enjoying excellent ratings are:

See which hotels are available for your dates below.

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Hotels Opposite The Beach & In Port Douglas Main Town

There is a small strip of hotels opposite the beach near the stinger net where Macrossan St joins the beach road. They’re not strictly beachfront, there is a quiet road, a strip of grass, some exercise equipment and a few palm trees between these hotels and the beach, but it’s a great little area known as The Esplanade. These hotels aren’t big budget like our premium resorts.

Personal Reviews of Some of the Best Hotels in Port Douglas

Sea Temple Resort and Spa

Best Hotels in Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort
The pool and swim out apartments at Sea Temple are superb. The plunge pool villas are great too. One of, if not the best hotels in Port Douglas, Sea Temple Resort and Spa.

We have stayed at Sea Temple, now known as Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort and Spa, many times. It’s very luxurious, the food is great and the centerpiece of the resort, this incredible 3,000 m² pool, is absolutely divine.

We have used the spa here several times for waxing and various massages and found all services to be excellent.

We can also highly recommend the swim-out apartments, the ultimate in luxury vacationing. If no swim-out rooms are available, the apartments with plunge pools are also very good. All apartments and rooms were spacious, beautiful, and luxurious.

Sea Temple is at the south end of Four Mile beach, tucked away behind a natural, untouched strip of tropical growth. There really isn’t such a thing as a beach-front hotel in Port, all that you can see from the shore is a backdrop of trees.

To walk from Sea Temple to the centre of Port takes me 45 minutes along the beach, I’m a brisk walker. There is a shuttle bus that will run you into town if you don’t want to use your own car. You can always hire your own car in Port Douglas.  Take a look at Pullman Sea Temple Resort and Spa here.

Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Port Douglas

Port Douglas Sheraton Resort Hotel
Our beautiful Sheraton, behind Four Mile Beach. Loads of celebs stay here.

The Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort was the first big hotel in Port Douglas and is the closest thing to beach front that you will find. In places you will have a view of the beach where palm trees are thinly spaced.

The Sheraton has huge lagoon pools, over 2 hectares, some with their own sandy “beach”. It also has its own wedding chapel, should you feel the urge to tie the knot. Vast buffet breakfasts and various evening buffet feasts are a trademark of the Sheraton’s dining scene.

The Sheraton is much closer to town than Sea Temple, but still not in the centre. Check out The Sheraton Grand here.

QT, now Oaks Resort Port Douglas

QT was the new kid on the block. Now it is Oaks Resort.  It’s new, modern and funky. We love the retro design and candy-bright seaside colours that feature throughout.

Oaks Resort Port Douglas is another place with a stunning pool featuring bridges, islands and spa pools.

My kids’ favourite thing here, after the food, is the huge fish pond, they always squealed with delight as they fed the resident barramundi, turtles and eels.

QT offered interesting evening buffet dining in Bazaar restaurant, it’s popular with locals and residents.

Check out rooms and rates at Oaks Resort here.

Best Hostels and Campsites in Port Douglas

Dougies Backpacker Resort

The first time I came to Port Douglas as a backpacker in 2001, I stayed at Dougies in our little 2 man tent.

It’s not just a camp site, Dougies has dorms, private rooms and caravan tents for hire. There is a huge self catering kitchen, bar and TV area along with a nice little pool and plenty of hammocks.

Dougies is a short walk from the centre of town and is perfect for backpackers.

It’s still going strong over a decade later, has a good reputation and is a great lower-cost choice. Take a look at Dougies here.

Mid Range Accommodation in Port Douglas

Martinique on Macrossan

If you need to be right in town, maybe you don’t have a car or want to dine and drink in our local establishments, Martinique on Macrossan, as the name suggests, in on Macrossan St, the main road that crosses Port Douglas, from Four Mile Beach to the Inlet.  They hold the Trip Advisor certificate of excellence and have a small tropical pool for a stinger season dip ( or any other time!). Rates for a 1 bedroom apartment at around $200 AUD/ night, See Martinique here.

Staying Near Port Douglas

There are a couple of amazing hotels just outside Port Douglas which you really should take a look at. Silky Oaks is set in the rainforest near Mossman Gorge and has a great food reputation, as does Thala Beach Nature Reserve. Thala Beach has it’s own spectacular beach and is a great place to spot local wildlife, including dugongs ( sea cows).

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Airbnb and Short to Medium Term Rentals in Port Douglas

There certainly are Airbnb properties in Port Douglas, some private homes with rooms to rent, some whole houses or appartments. Airbnb works for Port Douglas. We actually rent out our home in Port through Airbnb .If you’re looking for a whole house to rent in Port for 1 to 6 months, ideally 3 months, get in touch with us. 

So sign up here to get our free Airbnb credit ( as a host or as a customer) and come stay with us in Port !

Best Time of Year, Peak Season and Hotel Prices in Port Douglas

Yes, prices do fluctuate and you’ll save money on your Queensland holiday if you take advantage of out of season accommodation deals. To check out the weather in Port Douglas and what’s happening throughout the year, visit our post onbest times to visit Port Douglas.

This is just the start of what I hope will be an extensive look at, and unbiased review of, the accommodation options in Port Douglas. We’re looking forward to being back in Port next year for another slice of tropical life and sampling the best hotels and accommodation in Port Douglas to share with you here.

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Alyson is the creator of World Travel Family travel blog and is a full-time traveller, blogger and travel writer. A lifetime of wanderlust and now over 7 years on the road, 50+ countries allowed the creation of this website, for you. She has a BSc and worked in pathology before entering the travel arena and creating this website. World Travel Family Travel Blog has been helping you travel more, better and further since 2012, when Alyson and James first had this life changing idea. On this site you can find endless travel information, tips and guides plus how to travel, how to fund travel and how to start your own travel blog.

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Chris

Monday 10th of July 2017

Some hotels are a little expensive. Not for a budget traveler though. Port Douglas is an incredible place and so is Daintree Rainforest, which is about an hour and half travel from Port Douglas. There are some hotels on the cheaper side with great service and stay experience. I had been to the Daintree Eco lodge and Resort. Great place to stay.

Alyson Long for World Travel Family

Thursday 13th of July 2017

Yep, Port Douglas certainly isn't cheap, but there are some lower cost options. But it's Australia, it's expensive. No way round that unfortunately.

Jaklien

Monday 8th of September 2014

It's a shame I never made it up there. All the more reason to go back to OZ soon. It looks wonderful in Port Douglas.

Pam in New Zealand

Friday 5th of September 2014

I had to chuckle at this post, as I am a budget traveler and most of your posts are about budget traveling and the first hotel you mention is at least $250/night. That is definitely out of my price range (and for some reason I would have assumed it was out of your price range too, but you mention you stayed there many times). ;-)

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Friday 5th of September 2014

It's more like $600 a night Pam and yes we stayed there loads. We love budget travel, but it's not all we've ever done. It's horses for courses, to see the world over an extended period, budget wins, next year we're going to mix it up a little and stay shorter times in more expensive places. For instance Burma, we know it will cost us, but to get there it's worth spending the extra. Maybe in 2016 we'll make it to Bhutan, it will cost the earth, so that year it's probably all we will do. Hotels like Sea Temple aren't about travel, they're about holiday, it's a different animal.

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