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Port Douglas Queensland

An amazing place where the rainforest meets the Pacific Ocean.


At a Glance

Many dream of visiting tropical paradises such as the Mauritius, Bora Bora and the Indonesian Islands, but you don’t need to go to places that far away because tropical paradises exist in Queensland and one of them is Port Douglas. The port town has a laid-back atmosphere with a spectacular stretch of beaches lined with iconic palm trees. The World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest is practically the backyard of this scenic town, allowing you to create a perfect mix of balance between the sea and the rainforest for your holiday.

Being a resort town, there are a great number of luxurious resorts here for you to stay and relax. Virtually endless options are available for you, whether you are looking for a luxurious five star experience or an affordable or modest accommodation.


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Where is Port Douglas?

 

Port Douglas is 1767 kilometres northwest of Brisbane.

Port Douglas is located on the the eastern side of Tropical North Queensland. It is one of the many east-facing Pacific coastal community with the Great Barrier Reef to the east and the rainforests to the west. The best way to get to Port Douglas is to get to Cairns via plane and then rent a car from there.


 

Things to see in Port Douglas

 

Four Mile Beach

Make your way to 4-mile beach from Port Douglas Road or down Macrossan Street. A beautiful beach no matter what the weather is. A beach long enough to walk taking 11/2 hours to walk each way. Check out the tiny crabs that dig below the surface of the sand leaving the sand balls scattered all over the beach. Look for coconuts in amongst the trees. A must visit this beautiful beach and a walk not to be missed.

Four Mile Beach

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Agincourt Reef

Agincourt is part of the Northern Outer Reef. You can actually see the Ocean where it breaks onto the reef. One of the best reef trips you can go on. The reef is absolutely amazing! Also, it is great for swimmers and non-swimmers alike as more confident can snorkel and dive while less confident can watch from underwater observation windows and take the semi-submersible for the amazing ride right up to Reef edges. It is an amazing experience which you will always treasure.

Agincourt Reef

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The Opal Reef

The Opal reef itself was warm (25 degrees) and reasonably calm, with a light onshore breeze and current, making the snorkelling easy. Also, the edges of the reef are the most interesting in terms of coral and fish life, as well as the overall view: the depth drops from about 5 ft to over 100 ft. You are able to see lots of bigger fish like parrotfish, angelfish, etc, and smaller "neon" like tropical species, and everything in between.Hence, this is a vibrant section of reef with lots to see, both in terms of coral and fish life.

The Opal Reef

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Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

If you walk through this wildlife sanctuary. Walking into the gift shop you are greeted by a beautiful bird just relaxing on a branch in the middle of the shop and not bothered by anyone at all. The theme then follows the entire journey. You are observing wildlife in these contained sections as they run around you. You can get up very close and personal and feel like its such an intimate experience instead of behind a glass window or screen. This is an opportunity for you to really experience some of Australias most amazing and beautiful creatures up close.

Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

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What's the weather like?

 

Port Douglas experiences a tropical monsoon climate where most of the rainfall occurs during the wet season. In Summer (December to February), the average maximum temperature is 30°C with an average minimum of 23°C. In Winter (June to August), the average maximum temperature is 25°C with an average minimum of 17°C.

 

Get to know Port Douglas's history

 

As with many of the towns in the region, Port Douglas was founded after gold was discovered in the region to transport and dispatch the mined minerals. The town was named after the Premier of Queensland at the time, John Douglas. The town has seen a series of boom and decline, at one point, Port Douglas was more prosperous than Cairns as a port to export minerals such as gold and tin. Several changes in transportation infrastructure and route in the area has caused fluctuation in prosperity in Port Douglas. The 1960s is a decade that has seen great decline in Port Douglas as population plummet to only about 100.

In recent decades, tourism has grown in Port Douglas as numerous visitors came to visit the Great Barrier Reef and the spectacular World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest. With this, the town has been revitalised and grown to have a population of around 3,200 in 2011.