Port Douglas

Port Douglas is a celeb-favourite holiday destination and you only need to visit once to see why. With access to the Great Barrier Reef, award-winning dining and a variety of luxury hotels, there’s so many reasons to holiday here with your family, partner or solo. Regardless, you’ll always find something exotic and fun to do.

And, here’s how you could spend 48 luxurious hours in Port Douglas.

Great Barrier Reef

Snorkel or scuba-dive on the Great Barrier Reef to see tropical marine life in full action. You can also sail to the Low Isles or join a liveaboard boat to sleep on the reef.

And, if you’re visiting between July and September, you can even swim with minke whales on the Ribbon Reefs.

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Reef to Reef MTB

Port Douglas, Douglas Area
9 – 10 August 2018
For four days in early August, Reef to Reef brings mountain biking goodness to the home of the one of the worlds most famed and fabled natural playgrounds. Around 200 kilometres of riding and 4000 metres of climbing on the kind of trails and scenery you normally only read or dream about.

Mt Carbine Bull and Bronc Ride

Mount Carbine, Mareeba Area
From AU$5 - 10
11 – 12 August 2018
The Mt Carbine Bull and Bronc ride is an annual event held on every second Saturday of August. Action starts at 5pm with the Calf rides, Junior and Juvenile Steer, Junior, Novice and Open bull. Bushman’s Saddle Bronc and Men’s Saddle Bronc.

Cycle Queensland Adventure Tour - Daintree to Cairns

Daintree, Cairns Area
1 September 2018
Discover the tropics from Daintree to Cairns via the Atherton Tablelands as part of an all-inclusive event offering food, entertainment and so much more! Ride through the World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest, spend a night in Port Douglas where the rainforest meets the reef, enjoy an afternoon swim at Lake Eacham, and savour a picnic beside the serene Millaa Millaa Falls.

Taste Port Douglas

Port Douglas, Douglas Area
From AU$0 - 150
15 – 16 September 2018
Taste Port Douglas is Far North Queensland's annual premier food, beverage and restaurant festival. Long regarded as one of the best holiday destinations in the country, Port Douglas is also considered the culinary highlight of the region, home to a thriving restaurant and food industry.

Wildlife of Australia's Rainforests

Daintree, Cairns Area
From AU$2055 - 3910
Quarterly from 30 September – 14 October 2018
The wet tropics of northern Queensland are the last remaining part of the huge forest that once dominated half of Australia. This lush landscape is home to species like cassowaries, parrots, pythons, possums, tree kangaroos, and primitive-looking reptiles, many of which live nowhere else in the world.

Port Shorts Film Festival

Port Douglas, Douglas Area
26 – 27 October 2018
Port Shorts Incorporated is dedicated to promoting screen culture and Port Douglas and Daintree as a destination and potential film location with the Port Shorts Film Festival. The Port Shorts Film Festival has been developed to showcase the best emerging filmmakers in Australia, attract film enthusiasts to the destination, promote Port Douglas as a premier location far film enthusiasts and provide pathways for participants to further develop their careers in the Australian film industry.

Tropical Journeys Great Barrier Reef Marathon Festival

Port Douglas, Douglas Area
From AU$30 - 190
28 October 2018
The Tropical Journeys Great Barrier Reef Marathon Festival is the largest marathon and running event in Tropical North Queensland, attracting over 5,000 participants and spectators from all around Australia and 13 different countries.

Eco Fashion Week Australia

Port Douglas, Douglas Area
4 – 5 November 2018
As Australia’s first and only international eco fashion week event, Eco Fashion Week Australia (EFWA) provides the perfect platform to showcase local and international talented eco designers, emerging designers and student designers, whilst providing Australia with a one of a kind community centric eco fashion event.

Croc Nash Hash 2019 Inc

Port Douglas, Douglas Area
3 – 5 May 2019
Croc Nash Hash is Hash House Harriers 2019 biannual Australian meeting and runs. The event is held over three official days with lead up and post events totalling a week's activities in the local area.

Port Douglas Race Week

Port Douglas, Douglas Area
13 – 19 May 2019
Port Douglas Yacht Club proudly presents the 2018 Port Douglas Race Week, and invites all yachts to join them for a week of Sailing, Food and Fun. They are fortunate to enjoy one of the best playgrounds for their sport that nature could provide and this year they will be hosting a huge array of events all to be sailed on the beautiful waters of the Coral Sea off Port Douglas.
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Four Mile Beach

A stretch of sand so beautiful, you’ll pull the car over instantly. Four Mile Beach remains largely undeveloped, so you can spend the day frolicking on the beach, have a picnic or wade in its warm waters. There are rock pools at the northern end of the beach, so little ones will love exploring as well.

Things to do

Boutique Shopping

Port Douglas offers relaxation and a therapeutic environment. If you’re in need of some retail therapy, it’s got that too. This compact shopper’s Nirvana has everything from large department stores and retails chains to surf shops and souvenir outlets. If you need a hand finding where to shop, check out this retail guide.

Restaurants and Cafes

Head straight for Macrossan Street, the beating heart of Port Douglas where you can taste the tropics at over 60 restaurants and cafes. From alfresco seafood dining to delectable international cuisines, there’s so much on offer and everything is fresh.

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