Hotels in Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia
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The population in Port Douglas is just a few thousand but, during peak tourist periods, this number can quite easily double. As a result of the heavy demand, hotels, resorts and other holiday rentals have become readily available. The accommodation in Port Douglas ranges from cheap hotels to luxury accommodation and everything in between. No matter your budget, there’s bound to be a hotel deal to suit your finances.
The best things to do in Port Douglas
The top attraction in Port Douglas has to be the famous Four Mile Beach. Visitors often explore this stretch of stand and sea by foot or bike. Either of which is best done in the morning while the air is still crisp. Pack your bag with refreshments and snacks before leaving your hotel room for an early morning walk, run or bike ride. Take as many breaks as you like along the way to enjoy your surroundings. There are cafés at both ends of the route which will take about 45 minutes one way if you walk or 15 minutes one way if you hire a bike. Don’t forget to put your swimwear on under your clothes. You’re bound to hear that perfect water calling your name!
Make your way up Flagstaff Hill and get the best view of the Four Mile Beach. Watch the brilliant blue water meet the shore and the lush green forests to complete the perfect landscape.
The Reef Marina is an iconic landmark in Port Douglas and home to plenty of activities for all ages. From shopping and restaurants to boat trips and access to the famous Great Barrier Reef, this is one part of town that gets everyone’s attention. Visit the marina at least once during your Port Douglas holiday and enjoy the sights as well as the friendly atmosphere.
The Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is the best experience for those who would like to get an aerial view of the tropical rainforest and head into the very heart of this World Heritage listed site.
Another highly recommended activity is a trip to one of the Great Barrier Reef Islands. Check with the local tour companies to find out which ones offer the best value for money. Ask them about the chances of seeing a green turtle and if they allow you to get in the water to swim with these graceful creatures.
Evening Entertainment in Port Douglas
Rex Smeal Park is great any time of the day. If you’re not a particularly early riser, you can sleep in, perhaps enjoy breakfast at your hotel or a nearby café and make your way to the park later in the afternoon or to watch that gorgeous sunset. Watch the palm tree lined water and watch boats enter and leave the harbour. At around 4pm each day, you will see a real influx of boats and tour operators as they return from their day out. Accompanied by the view of the Anzac Mountains in the background makes from some of the most memorable holiday moments.
The Moonlight Cinema is an outdoor cinema that operates only during certain times of the year. Find your spot on the QT Hotel & Resort lawns, lay down your blanket and enjoy! Check the local listings to find out what’s showing and if they are open during the time you are there.
The Great Barrier Reef is a wonder that can be seen from space and attracts divers from all over the world. The best part of all is that you don’t need to be a diver to enjoy the reef. Take a scenic flight over the area and get a fabulous aerial view of the outer reefs.