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Port Douglas Visitor Information and Warnings

General Information

Port Douglas is a town in North Queensland, Australia, approximately 70km north of Cairns. Its permanent population is approximately 1287 residents. The town's population often quadruples, however, with the influx of tourists. The town is named in honour of former Premier of Queensland, John Douglas. Port Douglas is part of the magical Douglas Region which includes the pioneer town of Mossman and the spectacular Daintree Coast.

 

Port Douglas developed quickly based on the mining industry; other parts of the area were established with timber cutting occurring in the area surrounding the Daintree River and with settlement starting to occur on lots around the Mossman River by 1880. more . .

Previous names for the town included Terrigal, Island Point, Port Owen and Salisbury. The town is the town in the world situated adjacent to two World Heritage areas, the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest.

In November 1996 United States President Bill Clinton and the First Lady chose the town as their only vacation stop on their historic visit to Australia. When dining at a local
restaurant they witnessed a couple's wedding certificate who had just got married the same day. On a return visit on September 11, 2001, the then ex President was again dining in a local restaurant at which he signed and dated a plate.

Recently the newly elected President Barack Obama was invited to the region in light of President Clintons love of the area.

Enjoyed by many as a romantic honeymooner's paradise or child friendly family destination the Port Douglas Region offers both worlds the ultimate in relaxed tropical getaways.

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restaurants line the Macrossan Street accompanied by restaurants in the suburbs of Four Mile, Mid Town and Mossman.  You will never need to eat in the same place twice however the quality of this towns restaurants may have you stuck with loyalty.

Live Music is the soul of the Port Douglas Region with 10's of venues every night providing entertainment for an international level.  Port Douglas is a little Italy at night.

Accommodation Rates - High & Mild Seasons

 
High Season RatesMild Season RatesMild to High Periods
21 June - 31 October15 Nov - 20 December01 April -  20 June
14 Jan -  31 March21 Dec  - 14 January

Port Douglas Weather and Tropical Seasons


Today's forecast and tide times

 

Port Douglas' attributes are very strong with the traditional Reef and Rainforest jewels being world renowned.  These World Heritage Listed areas are at the demand of tourists all year round. Lets see why!

Summer Season & Green (Rainforest) Season

Known to the locals as the Rivers and Waterfall Season is January to March. Watch, enjoy and immerse yourself in tropical heaven as the rivers and waterfalls deliver the worlds most romantic venues everyday. Please keep in mind that if the rivers are flowing fast they are most not safe to swim in.

Great Barrier Reef Season

All year round.  Visibility most months provide for the brochure days. Port Douglas is the gateway to the Agincourt Reef System, the best in the World.

Beach, Rainforest and Sailing Season

June & July are our 2 most windy months providing great sunny weather for getting away to the Tablelands or Daintree Rainforest as well as making great use of the Sailing and Kitesurfing facilities Port Douglas offers.  The Rainforest is also very good in the Waterfall season as you can probably imagine.

Entertainment Season

Weekends ! With an ever growing Events Calendar, check ahead of time to see WHATS ON in the region

Important Information

                                    

Marine Stingers: 

The Box Jellyfish and Irukandji are sometimes found in the tropical waters of North Queensland over the summer months. Dragnets are conducted from October on the main beach daily to best indicate their arrival. Over this period it is strongly advised that swimmers check with Surf Live Saving Patrol before swimming at the beaches.

 

Crocodiles: 

It is very important that all signage is followed regarding crocodiles. Crocodiles do inhabit most saltwater waterways in the region. They are not likely to move outside of these areas. There should be no swimming in salt water inlets or rivers. Caution should be taken swimming in some beach areas as well. It is imperative that local advice is sort with regard to swimming at beaches.

 

Sun:

Although it sounds obvious please ensure children and yourselves are protected if in the sun for long periods of time. The tropcial sun is is very strong between the hours of 10am and 2pm. Full sun suits are recommended for children.

 

Cone Shells:

The waters and beaches around Port Douglas are sometimes home to the Coneshell, a poisonious marine animal. Please leave any shells with a cone appearance where you find them to best protect the environment and yourselves.

 

The Coneshell

 

Passports and Quarantine Regulations for Queensland Australia

For all non Australians and non New Zealanders you need a valid passport and visa.  You must obtain them before you leave your country or you will be refused entry.

 

DO NOT bring any sort of food, plants, animals or anything that could carry bugs or disease into Australia. It is illegal and carries very heavy fines and confiscation. For more information on what you can and cant bring into the country please see www.customs.gov.au



Climate of the Port Douglas Region

Winter:

A proven hotspot for all Australian tourists with the southern states escaping the Australian Winter. The end of May until the beginning of August is winter in Australia. But not in Port Douglas. The humidity is relatively dry, rainfall is very rare and the day time temperature is around 25°C dropping to 16°C at night. Water temperature is around 25.

 

Summer:

September through March are our are our tropical summer months with impeccable blues sky days and barmy nights up until until December. In December we usually experience the first of our summer rains during the nights. This releases much of the heat and humidity leading up until this time and is a welcome relief to many locals and tourists alike.


Summer is a very popular time for the North European and Northern American visitors escaping their freezing winters.

 
From January to March the region experience many rain filled nights and majestic sun shower days with most visitors taking the time to go to the rivers and waterholes to experience a true tropical rainforest experience. Visitor also flock to the reef where the days are usually still in full sun due to the coastal weather patterns.

 
The reef is at its best in these month with zero winds and the clearest visibility experienced over the entire year.

Full year average temperatures can be found here.

 

Scuba Diving on the Great Barrier Reef - Port Douglas Region

Certified divers need a log book and diving certificate to dive unsupervised.
Those who want to learn diving need a medical certificate Australian standard 4005.1

 

The diving centre where you want to learn the skills will organise this for you. More about this in the Tours & Activities section under Great Barrier Reef.


Immigration and Visa Forms and Questions

Please visit
www.immi.gov.au

Forms can be lodge over the net at www.eta.immi.gov.au


Health Risks for Port Douglas Region


There are no health precautions necessary for your stay in Australia.
Please be aware of the strong tropical sun, wearing sun cream protection at all times is recommended. Also wear a sunhat and sunglasses.

To ensure you remain safe in the waters of Tropical North Queensland whether they be the water holes, the beaches or the reef, please seek local advices before any swimming.


Your Money | $AU - Currency | Port Douglas Region


Credit Cards and Travellers Cheques are widely accepted. Cash can be exchanged in nearly every bank. Eurocheques are not accepted.
Use your banks currency converter to access latest rates.


Power in the Port Douglas Region


Voltage in Australia is 240V AC. In most cases you will require an adapter which can be obtained (if not already bought at home) in every big Supermarket. Australian standard is plug I.


Telephone / Internet for the Port Douglas Region


+61 is Australia's international code. Then the State code is required eg 07 Queensland followed by the local number.

There are two different phone plugs available in Australia. These are the "Australian" and the "RJ11".  Phone Cards are available at most News agencies.


Time | Port Douglas Region

Port Douglas time is UTC / GMT + 10 hours.


Transportation throughout the Port Douglas Region

Over a month - perhaps buy a car

Less than a month - Car Rentals or Buses
Less than a week - All tours will pick you up from your accommodation.
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Cruise Ships

  

Port Douglas is a prime destination in today's cruise ship market. Passengers disembark just off the coast and are ferried safely to the Reef Marina. Port Douglas is one of the closest and remote locations visited on the east coast. Tours & Activities can be arranged on board but are often more expensive due to administration costs. These same activities can be access direct by passengers.

 

Passengers tend to just stroll around the town, parks and beaches either shopping or taking to the many unique restaurants and cafes available.

 

Port Douglas welcomes guest to the area by hosting markets and live music at the Reef Marina. Passenger an walk up into town and down to Four Mile Beach, with transport only required if heading out of town for other activities.

 

Disabled Cruise Information

Port Douglas offers a range of activities for all the family, including reef cruises, tours of the Great Barrier Reef, rainforest tours, scuba diving and golfing excursions. However, when traveling with a disabled family member, there's a lot more to consider than just the activities. Aspects of traveling, such as access, medical requirements and mobility issues are often taken for granted by able bodied travellers but to disabled travellers, particularly cruises, these components all need to be in place to ensure an enjoyable vacation.



The majority of cruises now have disabled access. This includes ramps and staff available to help at any time with boarding and departing the cruise, as well as getting around while on the ship. It's vital to check your cruise has this before booking. This should be easy to do as many cruises state this on their website, or a simple phone call can tell you.



Once access to the cruise has been established, it's important to research the activities you wish to take part in while on holiday and find out whether they cater to disabled customers or not. Many scuba companies, for example, now allow those with disabilities to take part by providing the correct equipment and trained help.



It's also crucial to tell both the cruise company and any other companies you may be using while on vacation about your disabilities, what you need to bring and the specific care you need to remain comfortable. If applicable, inform them about the type of medication you take so that they can store it for you, keep it safe and provide it to you when you need to take it. The majority of companies are incredibly accommodating and will be more than happy to help you to ensure your vacation goes perfectly.

Distances and Travel Times from Port Douglas

To

KM's

Time

Cairns Airport72km50m
Cairns City80km
1h
Daintree Village
55km
45m
Daintree Ferry
60km
40m
Cape Trib.
85km
1h 45m
Mossman Gorge
20km
15m
Julaten
35km
30m
Cooktown
400km
3h 30m

Other Useful Information

 

SUNRISE AND SUNSETS


Peak Sunsets & Sunrises for Port Douglas Region
Time Zone = AEST


Winter (July) Peak 

Sunrise    6:47am                                 
Sunset5:59pm

Summer (Nov) Peak

Sunrise   5:35am                             
Sunset 6:28pm

2016 - 2017 Australian School Holiday and Public Holiday Dates

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY (ACT) school holiday dates

    

2016
1     Saturday 9 April - Monday 25 April
2     Saturday 2 July - Sunday 17 July
3     Saturday 24 September - Sunday 9 October
4     Saturday 17 December - Thursday 26 January (2017)

2017
1     Saturday 8 April - Tuesday 25 April
2     Saturday 1 July - Sunday 16 July
3     Saturday 24 September - Sunday 8 October
4     Saturday 16 December - January (2018)

 


NEW SOUTH WALES (NSW) school holiday dates
     

 

2016
1     Saturday 9 April - Monday 26 April
2     Saturday 2 July - Monday 18 July
3     Saturday 24 September - Sunday 9 October
4     Saturday 17 December - Sunday 29 January (2017)

2017
1     Saturday 8 April - Monday 25 April
2     Saturday 1 July - Monday 17 July
3     Saturday 23 September - Sunday 8 October
4     Saturday 16 December - January (2018)

 



QUEENSLAND (QLD) school holiday dates  

 

2016
1     Wednesday 23 March - Sunday 10 April
2     Saturday 25 June - Sunday 10 July
3     Saturday 17 September - Monday 3 October
4     Saturday 10 December* - Sunday 22 January (2017)

*[Year 12 - finish 10 November] - [Yr 10/11 - finish 25 November]

 

2017
1     Saturday 1 April - Monday 17 April
2     Saturday 24 June - Sunday 9 July
3     Saturday 16 September - Monday 2 October
4     Saturday 9 December* - January (2018)

*[Year 12 - finish 17 November] - [Yr 10/11 - finish 24 November]

 

 

SOUTH AUSTRALIA (SA) school holiday dates   

 

2016
1     Saturday 16 April - Sunday 1 May
2     Saturday 9 July - Sunday 24 July
3     Saturday 1 October - Sunday 16 October
4     Saturday 17 December - Sunday 29 January (2017)

 

2017
1     Friday 14 April - Sunday 31 April
2     Saturday 8 July - Sunday 23 July
3     Saturday 30 September - Sunday 15 October
4     Saturday 16 December - January (2018)

 


VICTORIA (VIC) school holiday dates  


2016
1     Friday 25 March - Sunday 10 April
2     Saturday 25 June - Sunday 10 July
3     Saturday 17 September - Sunday 2 October
4     Saturday 21 December - Sunday 29 January* (2017)

[First day back student free day]

 

2017
1     Saturday 1 April - Monday 17 April
2     Saturday 1 July - Sunday 16 July
3     Saturday 23 September - Sunday 8 October
4     Saturday 23 December - January* (2018)

[First day back student free day]

 


WESTERN AUSTRALIA (WA) school holiday dates    

 

2016
1     Saturday 9 April - Monday 25 April
2     Saturday 2 July - Sunday 17 July
3     Saturday 24 September - Sunday 9 October
4     Friday 16 December - Tuesday 30 January (2017)

 

2016
1     Saturday 9 April - Sunday 23 April
2     Saturday 1 July - Sunday 16 July
3     Saturday 23 September - Sunday 8 October
4     Friday 15 December - January (2018)

 

 

TASMANIA (TAS) school holiday dates     

 

2016
1     Saturday 9 April - Monday 25 April
2     Saturday 2 July - Sunday 17 July
3     Saturday 24 September - Sunday 9 October
4     Thursday 22 December - Tuesday 7 February (2017)

 

2017

1     Friday 14 April - Sunday 31 April
2     Saturday 8 July - Sunday 23 July
3     Saturday 30 September - Sunday 15 October
4     Friday 17 December - January / February (2018)

 

 

NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) school holiday dates 

 

2016
1     Saturday 2 April - Sunday 10 April
2     Saturday 25 June - Sunday 24 July
3     Saturday 1 October - Sunday 9 October
4     Friday 16 December - Thursday 26 January (2017)

 

2017
1     Saturday 8 April - Monday 17 April
2     Saturday 24 June - Sunday 23 July
3     Saturday 30 September - Sunday 8 October
4     Friday 16 December - January (2018)

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