Once thought of as only a playground for the rich and famous, Port Douglas and the surrounding hinterland has more recently become a short stay holiday destination for travellers on all budgets. And you can experience plenty of what Port Douglas has to offer in just those few days.
The increased number of affordable domestic and international flights into Cairns,
coupled with a picturesque seaside drive 70km north on the Captain Cook Highway to reach Port Douglas, means this iconic region has never been more accessible,
enjoyable and appreciated.
Accommodation ranges across all types, from backpacker style, through to motels, private and boutique accommodation, and four and five star hotels and resorts. One such resort is Silky Oaks Lodge and Healing Waters Spa, situated just a further 20 minutes north of Port Douglas.
Silky Oaks offers a truly magnificent luxury rainforest accommodation option and a
separation from the buzz of everyday life. Try any Spa treatment followed by a meal at the award-winning Treehouse Restaurant, overlooking the Mossman River for the ultimate relaxation.
Once back at the highway and you still want to absorb more of our fascinating far north, then turn left and drive just a little further to the north of Port Douglas. Here you will find the Black Mountain Hideaway, literally as itâ€™s name suggests, hidden away within the Julatten Range. Complete with cattle and equestrian centres and a menagerie of exotic birds, chickens, ducks, cats and dogs, this breathtaking farm stay retreat offers fully self contained accommodation lodges.
You can go on horse trail rides; guided bush walks; a host of organised wildlife and bird spotting tours, Jillaroo courses and horse riding clinics or of course you could simply relax in tranquil, undisturbed privacy.
On the other hand , or more accurately on the other side, just ten minutes south of Port Douglas is Thala Beach Lodge, a private headland at Oak Beach. Individual
private bungalows overlook the Coral Sea, rainforest and tropical beaches, and time spent relaxing on the timber-decked verandahs often presents an opportunity to encounter sightings of birds, butterflies, possums and sugar gliders. Paths meander through rainforest and connect with private beach frontage.
An amazing place!
Once youâ€™re back in Port Douglas, the array of accommodation is endless. Private
and boutique accommodation options around the area are plentiful, with local booking agencies available to handle your requirements. Alternatively, well-known brand hotels and resorts can easily be booked direct here with our Port Douglas accommodation providers.
No trip to Port Douglas is complete without dining in one of the restaurants and cafes. Truly capturing the feel of the Douglas region is to dine in the incredible array of local eateries â€“ there are not many places within Australia that has such a concentration of premier restaurants, some Gold Plate winning, within such a small area. Dining within Port Douglas does not need to be expensive, nor anyone go hungry, as all tastes and budgets are catered for.
Port Douglas is also the perfect base to organise a day trip anywhere around the region. Most accommodation houses have tour desks to help with the finer details, or visit one of the tourist information offices to help you book any tours.
Things to do whilst in the Douglas region on a short stay include:
â€¢ Visit Mossman Gorge to learn about the Kuku Yalanji Aboriginal tribe, their
history and breathtaking natural surrounds;
â€¢ Visit the World Heritage Daintree Rainforest - the oldest living rainforest
in the world. This area includes an award-winning educational interpretive facility, including a 23 metre high canopy tower, so visitors can really appreciate the
uniqueness and sensitivity of the Daintree Rainforest;
â€¢ Take a tour to Low Isles, for snorkelling in the Coral Sea and relaxing
amidst sparkling blue waters surrounding the lighthoused coral cay island;
â€¢ Enjoy a sunset sail around the headland of Port Douglas, complete with a
glass of champagne in hand!
â€¢ Visit a wildlife sanctuary to learn about fauna unique to Far North
â€¢ If visiting over a weekend, attend the Sunday Markets at ANZAC Park, located at the top end of Macrossan Street, until approximately 2pm each Sunday.
This market is one of the most popular in Queensland - youâ€™re bound to be surprised by the variety and number of market stalls on offer;
â€¢ Catch a locally-produced show at the historic Clink Theatre in Port Douglas,
or a special performance at the open-air Karnak Theatre, located in the rainforest at Whyanbeel, about 30 minutes north of Port Douglas;
â€¢ Watch local sport â€“ from Australian Rules football, rugby league, rugby
union and soccer in the winter months, to cricket in summer;
â€¢ Just relax on Four Mile Beach. A picture postcard scene awaits, with white
sands shielded by rainforest, overlooking the calm Coral Sea. Itâ€™s simply irresistible.
â€¢ Indulge in a spa treatment or massage in one of the many day spas around the
Douglas region. Some day spas weave local indigenous philosophy, herbs and products into their treatments for a truly localised spa experience;
â€¢ Port Douglas is the closest point to the Great Barrier Reef and with a
plethora of boats leaving the Meridien Marina daily, thereâ€™s no excuse to not
experience the Great Barrier Reef;
â€¢ Alternatively, arrange a helicopter flight of the area, depicting a rich and
diverse array of scenes. An aerial view of the Great Barrier Reef, Daintree
Rainforest and surrounding hinterland is a truly spectacular memory.
So it really doesn't matter where you come from to enjoy your weekend or short break in Port Douglas, it only matters that you do enjoy it. The tour operators and accommodation houses, resorts, hotels, shops, bars, restaurants and even the locals you'll no doubt meet around town, probably in the 'Courty', will do their best to guarantee you have an experience that gets you talking about your 'weekender' in Port Douglas. And you know the great thing about having discovered Port Douglas and all it's attractions, there's no limit to the number of times you are welcome.
So as soon as you get back, get back up online and book it all again, every trip will be just the same, only different!....
Select your check-in and check-out dates below (you can click multiple times in the calendar).