Just a 67km spectacular scenic coastal drive north from Cairns, Port Douglas has a distinctive laid back atmosphere, and a low-rise tropical old world charm. The world famous 4 Mile Beach is right at your door and is a great place to see the sun rise.
Explore the 'Reef And Rainforest Coast', a spectacular 200km stretch of Coral Sea coastline that includes Port Douglas. Don't miss the World Heritage rainforest areas of Daintree and Cape Tribulation on a guided day tour or 4WD safari.
Queensland's capital, Brisbane, is 1700km from Port Douglas by road - taking roughly 20-23 hours. So you can either make the journey to Port Douglas part of you holiday by hiring a campervan or just fly right in to Cairns.
Port Douglas accommodation offers everything you need for the perfect tropical holiday. There are a variety of accommodation options ranging from budget stays through to family friendly resorts and waterfront luxury. Accommodation ranges from 3 to 5 stars, offering everything from hotels and holiday apartments to full service beachside resorts. The wide range of vacation options for Port Douglas are complemented by the world class array of restaurants and boutique shops.
Port Douglas holiday packages are the best way to make the most out of your escape and offer significant savings. From the magnificent Port Douglas marina explore the Great Barrier Reef with one of the local fishing charters, diving, or reef cruise companies. Combine transfers, tours, meals and more to make holiday packages that save you a bundle on your Port Douglas holiday.
The town of Port Douglas was founded in 1877 after a nearby gold discovery. The population grew quickly but dwindled again once the Scenic Railway from Kuranda was built in 1891. A cyclone levelled Port Douglas in 1911. The town was largely left alone till the 1980's when Christopher Skase financed the world class Sheraton Mirage and The Reef Marina.
In 1996 then US president Bill Clinton and the First Lady enjoyed a holiday at Port Douglas as their only Australian holiday stop. In 2006 Steve Irwin - the Crocodile Hunter - died at the Batt Reef, out from Port Douglas. He was injured by a stingray while filming a documentary.