Just up the Captain Cook Highway from Cairns is the township of Port Douglas, which is one of the most relaxing, diverse and unique tropical paradises that Australia has to offer.

It is the playground for celebrities, features the whitest sands and most crystal blue waters – plus the rainforests of North Queensland come right down to meet the sea. In fact, Cape Tribulation is the only place in the world where two World Heritage sites meet.

It is the ultimate indulgence and there is so much you can experience in Port Douglas, for people from all walks of life.

Where to Stay in Port Douglas

When you are looking for accommodation in Far North Queensland, you want a place that perfectly encapsulates the tropical lifestyle. The ultimate choice is the Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort Port Douglas which is more of an experience than a hotel. You will be staying in the heart of 147 hectares of tropical trees and plants designed to mirror the region’s rich rainforests. 

This five-star resort also has two lagoons on top of the main swimming pool and its own golf course – you will never want to leave. Located at Four Mile Beach and will easy access to the Daintree and the Great Barrier Reef, this is the perfect accommodation solution. There is no shortage of quality Port Douglas hotels, though. So take your pick and holiday in the lap of luxury.

Go Snorkeling In The Heart Of The Daintree

There is no more relaxing feeling than drifting along the cool waters of the Daintree River completely surrounded by ancient rainforests. Take a snorkelling tour and drift downstream at your own pace, viewing an amazing array of freshwater fish and turtles enjoying the serenity alongside you.

Take a Sunset Cruise on a Luxury Catamaran

You can cruise around the Coral Sea on a five-star vessel, drink in hand watching the sun melt into the horizon. This sailing experience will have the wind in your hair and the light sea spray igniting all of your senses. You can spend 90 minutes cruising the harbour, enjoy beer, wine or soft drinks and an assortment of canapes.

Travel to the Outer Great Barrier Reef

You won’t find a better way to experience this wonder of the world in all of its majesties. Luxury catamaran tours will take you to the very edge of the reef where you can swim and snorkel amongst the most gorgeous coral reefs in the world and thousands of different varieties of marine life.

It is a definite bucket list item for all Australians (and visitors) and these trips will give you an experience you will never forget. Port Douglas is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, so definitely plan for a trip out to see it.

Not a fan of boats? You can also book charter flights or helicopter rides over the reef to get a quick-fire experience of Australia’s greatest natural wonder. 

Ensure Your Visit Includes a Sunday

One of the best attractions at Port Douglas is Sunday Markets held by the sea. These are markets with a difference because every stallholder must have grown or created the products they are selling. It is an explosion of North Queensland produce, baked goods and cuisine along with gorgeous homemade items that make for the perfect souvenir.

Enjoy Indigenous Hospitality at Flames of the Forest

Another truly unique experience, this will be a dinner you will never forget. Flames of the Forest is a candlelit dinner held in the rainforest and feature a range of traditional and local cuisines and ingredients. The evening features a four-course meal, an Aboriginal cultural show, storytelling and traditional music.

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