Latitude 16 Port Douglas Coral Apartments

Cnr Blake & Davidson Streets, Port Douglas 4871, Australia
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Advice required for January trip

by mpryan

Hi All,

my parents are vsiting me in Australia for the 1st time next January. Alot of people have recommended Port Douglas to me as a must see. However they are travelling from Ireland and are not used to tropical conditions (extreme heat, humidity etc).

Could someone advise whether the weather in January will significantly impact their holiday, as while they're keen to see the reef etc, they fairly senior and wouldn't handle poor conditions very well.

kind regards

Re: Advice required for January trip

by colin_bramso

Summer is the worst time to visit the far north, not so much the heat because it's very often hotter down south, but the humidy. And it's the wet season up there of course. They're going to meet hotter weather, and sunnier, than they're used to wherever they go in Oz in January so it's really a question of humidity and rain in Port.

Re: Advice required for January trip

by Lady_Godiva

I'm afraid they are not going to get away from the heat at all in January unless they travel around Tasmania!

Re: Advice required for January trip

by mpryan

Thanks Colin,

i had an idea already, but as i've never been to Port Douglas i thought i'd ask those with experience.


Re: Advice required for January trip

by slyons81

I was there in January of 2000 and 2004, one of my favorite places in the world. I thought the heat was pretty heavy and the air felt thick. Also, the box Jellyfish come in that area around that time so the swimming areas are a little restricted. However, Port Douglas is a very cool place, hell Bill CLinton Vacations there. If you go they have cane toad races at a place called the Iron Bar, a little touristy but I had fun.

Travel Tips for Port Douglas

Michaelangelo's - bar and restaurant

by sue_stone about Michaelangelo's

One evening we headed to Michaelangelo's for a drink before dinner. We had walked by it earlier in the day and were intrigued by some very funky bar stools we could see inside. Michaelangelo's is a modern bar and restaurant which serves up Wood fired pizzas and pasta. We ordered some drinks and sat on some of the aforementioned stools and chatted about where we should go for dinner. Another drink later we decided that we were so comfortable at Michaelangelo's that we may as well eat here too.

We moved to a table out on the balcony and ordered some pizzas. Not cheap, but tasty.

Visit the Rain forest

by percy961

Tony's tropical tours is a superb day out in the Daintree Rain forest.

We were picked up by our guide Tony at 8.00 am and from that moment until our return at around 5.30, he made our day the best and one of the highlights of our visit .He's knowledge of the rainforest is amazing, as are the places we visited. One area especially is a private property at Daintree. We were the only ones there and had lunch in privacy in a small treehouse overlooking a clear stream where we later swam.He explained everything in detail, has a great sense of humour and managed all day to keep us away from any crowds,making us feel we were constantly the only people in the whole of Daintree. I would highly recommend this tour and will be passing this around to everyone travelling in that area

Dickson Inlet

by sue_stone

Port Douglas is set on a headland, and on one side you have the pretty Dickson Inlet and harbour. In my opinion, the best way to admire the inlet is to find a table at one of the bars/restaurants that overlook it (see my restaurant tips), and sit back around sunset time. You can watch the boats coming back into the harbour and enjoy the stunning Port Douglas sunsets.

Perhaps you will even get the chance to get out on the water if you take one of the trips out to the reef.

No swimming in the inlet though - there are even signs warning about crocodiles!

Do me a favour next time you are there and see if the "Coral Sea Calling" attraction is still docked around the back of the harbour (near the Bally Hooley station). It was a boat with this whole 'coral' formation built on top, along with fish and a waterfall - very strange. (see photos 3&4)

Also by the inlet you may spot a cute little white church. This is St. Mary's by the Sea (photo 5), a historic church dating back to 1880. These days it has been fully restored and is very popular for weddings due to its picturesque location by the sea.


by huwhit

"Port Douglas...."

Is a fantastic cove about an hour north of Cairns on the Tropical North Queensland coast.

This place was discovered by shamed and now late Aussie businessman, Christopher Skase and his then wife, Pixie, in the late 1980's. He saw its potential as a secluded getaway location for the wealthy and built the Sheraton Mirage at Port Douglas, off the back of the policies of Sir Joh Bjelke-Peterson's State Government.

Consequesntly, the population rose from around 1000 to nearly 15,000. HOWEVER, much of Skase's development was built away from the town centre, and much of the charm of the place has been preserved, however, cafe's and designer stores have moved into the town.

Read more through the tips about this exciting place that mixes two worlds of wealth rather effectively.


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