Your Guide to Year-Round Port Douglas Things to Do!
Our guests visit the tropical north to experience the two world heritage parks which are at our door step. The Daintree Rainforest which is approx 150 million years old and the stunning Great Barrier Reef. Guests ask for local information everyday about the better tours operators and tours on offer to the reef and rainforest. We willingly help our guests with advise and booking tours ensuring their personal needs are met.
Port Douglas Origins
Founded in 1877, Port Douglas was initially established to serve prospectors working the Hodgkinson River Goldfields. At that time, thousands of settlers flooded the area, creating one of Queensland's largest towns. Within a few years, however, the main railroad was directed to Cairns, and the gold rush died down, resulting in Port Douglas becoming a sleepy fishing town and port for the local sugar industry.
Transforming Old Port Douglas
In the 1980s, millions of dollars were invested to transform the picturesque hamlet into a major Australian leisure destination. Today, as a result, Port Douglas (or "Port" as it's called) attracts nature-loving vacationers as well as scores of the rich and famous from across the world. The town is especially well-known as the culmination of an awe-inspiring drive from Cairns along the Coral Sea coast. The area's best-known attraction, the Great Barrier Reef, lies just 50km off the coast, all cruises embark from the marina, taking folks to snorkel or dive amid its marine beauty.
Port Douglas Area Overview
Port Douglas cherishes its small-town, seaside charm while capitalizing on incredible weather, terrific accommodation, and impressive dining. On shore, Four Mile Beach is a gorgeous swath of uninterrupted sand and sea and the town's most prominent beach. Other attractions include Macrossan Street, the village's main thoroughfare of restaurants and shopping, and the Sunday Markets in Anzac Park. Just 15km from Port Douglas is the town of Mossman, famous for its sugar-cane production and Mossman Gorge, where the river transcends the Rainforest, a must see. North of the Daintree river is the World Heritage Daintree Rainforest, the oldest rainforest in the world. Whether it is wet or fine a visit to this wonderland of flora and fauna must be on your things to do list.
Port Douglas boasts warm weather throughout the year. The coldest month is July, when Australia is in the midst of winter, and lows range from 18°C - 27°C. January is the warmest month on average with highs clocking in at an average of 24°C - 35°C.
Closest Port Douglas Things-To-Do
Beautiful 4 Mile Beach
Enjoy some leisure time at Four Mile Beach where the turquoise warm tropical waters of the Coral Sea are perfect for swimming, sunbathing or just taking a stroll along the shoreline. Possibly the most well known of Port Douglas attractions, Four Mile Beach is wide, running along the eastern side of Port Douglas.
Port Douglas Village Centre
Just 1.2k walk to sidewalk cafes, to 5 star restaurants or enjoy a coffee as the world goes by, shop at boutique stores, art galleries be pampered for the day with a massage, visit the fabulous Marina Mirage and watch the reef tours boats come in. All this in a laid back tropical atmosphere.
(Cotters Market) - Open every Sunday between 8 in the morning and 1:30 after lunch, the markets offer a huge range of local arts and crafts. Found at Anzac Park, Port Douglas, these colourful seaside markets are a reflection of the local workers like artists, farmers, tradesmen and craftsmen. A great place to find a bargain or the perfect holiday momento - one of the great Port Douglas attractions.
Grab a bit to eat, relax with a few drinks or enjoy a romantic dinner while looking over Dickson's Inlet and the Mossman Ranges. A large boardwalk runs along the water and provides access to shops, cafes and the many tour operators that run from Port Douglas to the Great Barrier Reef.
Must See Port Douglas Area Major Attractions
Great Barrier Reef
Whether you choose to get wet or stay dry take a trip to the Great Barrier Reef, snorkel or dive among the magnificent marine life or travel in a semi-submersible boat from the pontoon to view the aquascape in the clear pure waters of the outer reef. Join the sailing boats which travel to the Low Isles (Inner reef) explore the island, snorkel or experience the coral gardens and marine life on a glass bottom boat, a day to remember. Your day is enjoyed with fine weather and low tides, check with Lazy Lizard's TOUR DESK for your best window of opportunity.
During your visit to Port Douglas take time out to go and see the World Heritage rainforest, allow our tour desk staff to assist you in selecting your Rainforest experience, 4WD, Super Deluxe, private charters, see the diversity and beauty of the fauna while enjoying a true wilderness experience.
Hire a car for the day and drive up to the Atherton Tablelands, see the wonderful wineries, coffee & banana plantations, Warbird adventures, take a National Park walk and return via. the coastline on the Captain Cook Highway to Port Douglas. Or join a tour to Kuranda, white water rafting, hotair ballooning, or horseback riding to name just a few.