Upmarket and ideally situated, Port Douglas in the tropical north east of Queensland is an increasingly popular travel destination for mature travellers and nature explorers alike.
Located within close proximity to another tourism hotspot in Cairns, it’s an alternative and more secluded base from which to explore Australia’s natural landscape both from the land and sea when compared to its neighbouring “big brother” and offers premium accommodation, dining, and experience opportunities.
Offering one of the best places from which to explore the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef, Port Douglas is an exclusive, resort-style getaway destination full of sun, reef and rainforest where the reef and water quality tends to be higher than other similar destinations. Those eager to get out on the Reef can waste no time in doing so as there are a huge array of tour options that will take you out for marine adventures quickly and efficiently.
Top 10 Things
While most of the activities in Port Douglas centre around exploring the reef, that’s not all there is to offer; we’ve got a top 10 list here.
As you may only be visiting Port Douglas for a short stay, to help get the most out of your trip check out our suggested itineraries here.
Port Douglas or Cairns? It’s the eternal question for those planning a Great Barrier Reef holiday. We break it down in detail here.
If you’re looking for a quality meal while in Port Douglas, check out our recommendations for the region’s Top 10 Restaurants here.
It’s your choice whether you’d rather enjoy a spot of snorkelling, go deeper with some scuba diving, or simply relax on a cruise out to one of the numerous islands or coral cays that populate the region to relax on the sand or admire the huge array of marine life that live in the crystal-clear waters below.
Getting to the reef is exceptionally fast from Port Douglas, as there are now a huge range of high-speed reef vessels and catamarans along with yachts, seaplanes and even helicopters that can take you to many of the most popular locations in the area such as the nearby Low Isles.
Port Douglas is definitely a rising star in the field of Australian tourist destinations, and is not to be missed if you have even a passing interest in tropical destinations and the Great Barrier Reef. For everything you’ll need to know about your trip to Port Douglas, read our travel guides above.