Port Douglas

Population 3205

Port Douglas lies on the serene waters of a natural harbour in tropical North Queensland. Once a small village, it is now an international tourist destination. The town is surrounded by lush vegetation and pristine rainforests, and offers a village lifestyle with shops, galleries and restaurants. Its tropical mountain setting, the pristine Four Mile Beach and its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef make Port Douglas an ideal holiday destination. The drive from Cairns to Port Douglas is one of the most scenic coastal drives in Australia.

Visitor Information

Cairns & Tropical North Visitor Information Centre, 51 The Esplanade, Cairns, (07) 4051 3588


Nearby national parks

  • Daintree National Park

    With its stunning scenery of rainforest-clad mountains sweeping down to long sandy beaches, Daintree National Park is one of the most...more

  • Barron Gorge National Park

    One of the state’s most popular places, Barron Gorge National Park offers lush tropical rainforest in a rugged mountain setting of...more

  • Wooroonooran National Park

    Part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, Wooroonooran National Park boasts the two highest mountains in Queensland, along with wild...more

Nearby towns

  • Mossman

    The town of Mossman, in Far North Queensland, is set among green mountains and fields of sugarcane. Originally named after the explorer Hugh...more

  • Daintree

    The unspoiled township of Daintree lies in the tropical rainforest of Far North Queensland, at the heart of the Daintree River catchment...more

  • Palm Cove

    Serene Palm Cove, north-west of Cairns, has white, sandy beaches and streets lined with palm trees. It is essentially a resort village, with...more

In Town

Rainforest Habitat Wildlife Sanctuary This sanctuary covers an area of 2 ha and is home to over 1600 animals. Walk along the boardwalks through the 4 habitats of North Queensland – rainforest, wetlands, woodlands and grasslands. There are regular guided tours of the sanctuary, and the special daily events of Breakfast with the Birds and Habitat After Dark (runs July–Oct); Cnr Captain Cook Hwy and Port Douglas Rd.

Flagstaff Hill: commands excellent views of Four Mile Beach and Low Isles; end of Island Point Rd.

Dive schools: details from visitor centre.

Great Barrier Reef tours: over 100 operators offer reef tours to outer Great Barrier Reef and Low Isles; details from visitor centre. Cane-toad racing: nightly at 8.15pm; Ironbar pub, 5 Macrossan St.


Tours: horseriding, sea-kayaking, rainforest tours, Lady Douglas paddlewheel cruises, 4WD safaris and coach tours to surrounding areas; details available from visitor centre.

Fishing spots near town

Julatten 18 km

Fishing is where you find it, and sometimes you find it in unlikely places. Between Mount Molloy and Mossman in the Rex Ranges at a place called Julatten, I came across a couple of people fishing in a pond. I pulled over... Find out more

Cairns 59 km

Many international game anglers regard Cairns as the game fish capital of the world, with plenty of big black marlin – the Holy Grail of gamefishing. Granders or Julies, call them what you will, these huge female... Find out more

Trinity Inlet 63 km

The Cairns region offers more than gamefishing. South of the city are rivers like the Russell and Mulgrave; to the north are the Daintree and Mowbray Rivers. Anglers heading inland will find opportunities like the famous... Find out more

Lake Tinaroo 77 km

Lake Tinaroo is built across the Barron River Gorge in the Atherton Tablelands; about two hours’ drive from Cairns via Gordonvale and Yungaburra. The lake was the first of Queensland’s impoundments stocked... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Daintree Discovery Centre 28 km

This multi-award-winning ecotourism centre is a great place to learn about the legendary Daintree rainforest. There are elevated boardwalks, an aerial walkway, a canopy tower and a large interpretive display centre with... Find out more

Bushwalking around the Daintree and Cape Tribulation 30 km

Join a guided day or night bushwalk in the privately owned Cooper Creek Wilderness, to discover the incredible natural riches of this area. Back Country Bliss Adventures also runs gentle, guided half-day bushwalks to... Find out more

Wildlife experience - Cairns 41 km

Combine several of the Cairns area’s main wildlife attractions into one seamless day out: the Kuranda Scenic Railway, Skyrail, Kuranda Koala Gardens, Birdworld and the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. Book through... Find out more

Savannahlander 58 km

This small two- or three-carriage train heads out across the savannah country from Cairns to Forsayth on a four-day round trip, allowing you to get off at towns and see key places, such as Undara, along the way. You can... Find out more

Golf courses around town

Sea Temple Golf & Country Club 5 km

Technological advancements in agronomy and construction equipment have opened up new frontiers and landscapes for golf course designers during the past 40 years. One course designer who has never shirked a tough... Find out more

Paradise Palms Country Club 40 km

‘Paradise’ is appropriately named. Situated 25 minutes north of Cairns, and just off the Captain Cook Highway, this is a beautiful golf course. The rainforest-covered Great Dividing Range dominates the... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town


Given chef Spencer Patrick’s stellar career in Michelin-starred restaurants in London, it’s no surprise that the European-style food served here is superb, adjusted just enough to make it a little lighter to... Find out more

Nautilus Restaurant

Nautilus set the standard more than 50 years ago, when Port Douglas had probably never heard the term ‘gourmet’. In the centre of town, yet somehow re-creating a magical candlelit forest setting, dining here... Find out more

Port O’Call Bar & Bistro

There’s good value and good food from a regular menu here, as well as a changing blackboard menu. The generous meals, relatively inexpensive alcohol and poolside setting make this a real winner for the budget... Find out more

Salsa Bar and Grill

Sit behind the timber louvres in this tropical Queensland weatherboard house, gaze across the road to the small St Mary’s by the Sea church and realise why Port Douglas has such a special place in the hearts of... Find out more


Zinc is casual, chic, fun and foodie heaven, but without the fuss, pretentiousness or over pricing. During the day enjoy anything from tapas and bruchetta to light mains, and children’s meals are served until... Find out more

Campsites around town

West Point camping area (boat-based camping) 21 km

A favourite with sea kayakers, this sandy campground on Snapper Island, 20 km north of Port Douglas, has space for up to 24 campers. The day-use area on the south-west side of the island has picnic tables and a pit... Find out more

Noah Beach camping area 39 km

Noah Beach campground is in a secluded spot just 50 m from the beach, about 8 km south of Cape Tribulation village. Throughout the Cape Tribulation section visitors will find facilities such as picnic areas, boardwalks... Find out more

Speewah Campground 47 km

This campground is in the conservation park adjacent to Barron Gorge National Park’s western boundary. It is reached from the Kennedy Hwy, 10 km west of Kuranda, then a further 6 km east to the site. You can also... Find out more

Davies Creek camping area 59 km

Camp beside the creek at this clearing 6 km from the Kennedy Hwy, accessible by conventional vehicles. There are 8 sites with space for 10 campers per site. Bring firewood for the allocated fireplaces, and all... Find out more

Granite Gorge Nature Park 61 km

Formed millions of years ago by ancient volcanoes, the boulders at Granite Gorge are a natural wonder well worth checking out. Some, allegedly, are shaped like animals. The tent sites are shady; safari tent accommodation... Find out more

Dinden camping area (bush camping) 62 km

A 4WD is advisable for accessing these 6 bush campsites, 5 km along Davies Creek Rd from Davies Creek National Park. It is preferable to visit in the dry season (Apr–Oct). Bring your own water, rubbish bags, and a... Find out more

Kauri Creek camping area 74 km

A great spot for swimming and canoeing, Kauri Creek is 9 km from the western entrance and 19 km from the eastern entrance of Danbulla Forest Dr. Open fires are allowed in fire rings; generators are not permitted.... Find out more

Downfall Creek camping area 75 km

This campground is 7 km from the western entrance and 21 km from the eastern entrance of the Danbulla Forest Dr. Campers can take the 2.4 km walk through the forest to Kauri Creek. Bring all self-sufficient supplies,... Find out more

School Point camping area 75 km

School Point can be reached by 2WD or boat. It has has 8 numbered campsites with a gravel surface. To get here, turn off Danbulla Forest Dr 16 km from the western entrance, or 12 km from the eastern entrance, and follow... Find out more

Platypus camping area 75 km

Platypus campground, 4 km from the western entrance, has 18 numbered sites for small tents, large tents and vans. Open fires are allowed here in the provided fire rings and BBQs (except when fire bans apply); bring your... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Pandanus Van Park 1 km

This park is just 2 km from the centre of Port Douglas, on the main road into town. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

BIG4 Port Douglas Glengarry Holiday Park 8 km

The park is located in a peaceful location about 10 km south of Port Douglas off the Captain Cook Highway. It is a nice park, tucked away from the busy centre of this popular tourist destination. Bookings are required in... Find out more

Pinnacle Village Holiday Park 18 km

This absolute beachfront park is 22 km north of Mossman. There are plenty of shady trees and a great expanse of green lawn. It is a good base from which to explore the local region. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Ellis Beach Oceanfront Bungalows 33 km

This small, absolute beachfront park is 30 km north of Cairns. Ellis Beach was voted the cleanest beach in Queensland and has a patrolled swimming area. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Lake Placid Tourist Park 48 km

This park is about 10 km north-west of Cairns, on the bank of the Barron River. Enjoy the covered barbecue area, and the Skyrail terminal, a major attraction, is nearby. Bookings are required in peak periods and a... Find out more

Cool Waters Holiday Park 53 km

Located in the foothills a few kilometers out of Cairns, this is a quality park with very good facilities. Pets are allowed, but small dogs only. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

BIG4 Cairns Crystal Cascades Holiday Park 55 km

This good quality park is easily accessible and only about 5 km from the centre of Cairns. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Cairns Sunland Leisure Park 56 km

Located in suburban Cairns, this park is easily accessible and is a good base to spend a few days. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Cairnsvilla and Leisure Park 56 km

The park is 4 km from the centre of Cairns, set in a quiet area with beautiful tropical surrounds. It has very good facilities including a mini-mart and a TV room. It is an ideal park for a holiday.... Find out more

Big4 Cairns Coconut Holiday Resort 61 km

Enjoy the excellent facilities of this quality park, on the southern approach to the city 7 km from the centre of Cairns. There is a cafe, free minigolf, tennis and aqua aerobics, and the list continues. Bookings are... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Macrossan House Boutique Holiday Apartments

You will enjoy these comfortable one-bedroom apartments for their closeness to the small but forever buzzing pedestrian centre of Port Douglas, where holiday-makers and locals mingle in the street’s wondrous... Find out more

Peppers Balé Resort

Appropriate feng shui is built into this pavilion-style resort. If that’s not enough to get your positive Qi in order, then consider that all the one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom apartments have a private plunge... Find out more

Pink Flamingo Resort

If ever a resort could be described as ‘colourful’, Pink Flamingo suits this adjective to a tee. The resort was originally a caravan park and the villas fill the two rows of old units. There are high gates... Find out more

Port O’Call Eco Lodge

Budget accommodation at its best, within walking distance of Four Mile Beach and the township, Port O’Call has a range of accommodation from backpacker-style four-bed rooms with shared facilities to motel style... Find out more

Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas Resort

The late entrepreneur Christopher Skase put Port Douglas on the luxury map with this development, and it has stood the test of time thanks to Sheraton management and an unbeatable location. Set on Four Mile Beach in 130... Find out more

Thala Beach Lodge

Deluxe bungalows for two set in 60 hectares of wooded headland feature in this privately owned small hotel. They are built on tall timber poles and overlook either forest or parts of the 2 kilometres of secluded beaches... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Kingfisher Park Birdwatcher’s Lodge 18 km

Guaranteed to get keen birdwatchers excited, this eco-accredited establishment at Julatten is renowned as one of the best birdwatching spots north of Cairns, with rare endemic species seen around the pool. For six months... Find out more

Daintree Eco Lodge and Spa 28 km

If you are in need of some pampering, this is the place to go. With strong and proud links to the Aboriginal heritage of the site – a women’s healing place – the Eco Lodge has 15 sumptuous villas set... Find out more

Daintree Rainforest Retreat, near Cow Bay 29 km

When the owners here decided to reduce their carbon footprint by installing 48 solar panels, the generator’s monthly diesel consumption changed from 1600 litres to 200 litres. By revegetating a rainforest on their... Find out more

Daintree Wilderness Lodge, Alexandra Bay 31 km

Set in fan-palm rainforest, the eight bungalows here, accessed by raised boardwalks to protect the forest floor, are partially solar-powered by 20 solar panels, and a biocycle system breaks down all waste on site. As... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Gordonvale park area 76 km

33km N of Babinda (R) or 27km S of Cairns (L)

Just off the highway at the Mulgrave River.

What's on around town

Market: Anzac Park; Sun.

Carnivale: May.

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