Port Douglas Travel Guide

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Port Douglas Things to Do

  • Quicksilver Cruises

    Of course, when you come to Queensland, no trip is complete without visiting the Great Barrier Reef. Because we were going to have a 1 year old with us and we wanted to be able to bring a stroller on board, a friend had recommended the Silver Sonic Series from Quicksilver for our day trip out to the reef. We arrived to the port at 7:45am for...

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  • Four Mile Beach

    At the Coral Sea end of 4 mile beach is a concrete walkway and steps that lead to firstly a great view of the beach and as far as can be seen to the horizon, but also the exclusive and expensive Murphy Street – and to think, we all thought the name Murphy was associated with the poor and downtrodden back in Ireland. Murphy Street is parallel to...

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  • Great Barrier Reef

    We spent a fantastic day (noon to 6.30pm) on the Shaolin chinese sail boat which takes you out to the Low Isles for an afternoon of snorkelling or checking out the corel on the glass bottom boat. As max numbers are 23 the experience is very personal and laid back - a pleasant change from the more touristy Reef trips like the Quiksilver that take...

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Port Douglas Hotels

Port Douglas Restaurants

  • Soul n Pepper - CLOSED

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Soul n' Pepper is a fabulous café located on the edge of the Dickson Inlet, by the small sandy beach (where you shouldn't swim cause there might be crocs!). It is a rustic looking place, with wooden tables shaded by coconut palms and sails. The vibe is very relaxed, and the laid-back service is friendly and cheeky. My parents are regulars here...

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  • Tin Shed (Combined Club)

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    One of the great advantages of reading web sites, like VT, is the tips from those who have travelled before and particularly when it comes to really good places to eat at moderate prices – thanks to those who wrote about The Port Douglas & District Combined Clubs Inc, better known as The Tin Shed. Don’t let the name put you off! During our 5 night...

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  • On the Inlet

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Probably my favourite place to hang out at in Port Douglas is at On the Inlet. It is a bar and seafood restaurant in a fabulous setting by the water. The whole place has an alfresco feel, and offers the best views over the inlet, especially at sunset time. On the Inlet is 'the' place to go late afternoon for the 'Sunset special' - a bucket of...

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Port Douglas Nightlife

  • The High Nightlife

    This is the only place in PD that is open till dawn - ie 5am. Hence, things get busy around 3am when everyone wants a piece of the late night action. This is a little kitsch this place, but, its a great night out. Heaps of space, cool pool tables awesome night time view, BUT the drinks are a little expensive. Fluid is inside the Marina Mirage and...

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  • EASY TNQ PUB

    This is one of a couple pubs in town. A fantastic bistro and open air seating area makes this palce a relaxing place for a few drinks. I visited on the day of the AFL Grand Final, a huge day!!!I highly recommend this pub! Very relaxed.

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  • Something very different!!!!

    While your staying in Port Douglas, visit the Iron Bar one evening. They put on the best surf and turf, yummy wine and a show with a difference. When you arrive, buy a ticket in the races. After eveyone has eaten, the fun begins. Have an extra drink or two as you may be chosen to race a cane toad!!!!If your number is picked you will be in the race....

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Port Douglas Transportation

  • Cruise Ship Stop

    Cruise ships don't go all the way in to Port Douglas, so the passengers have to get there by tender. Some of the tenders are really the ship's life boats and some belong to the port.

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  • Dawn Princess

    My grandmother took me on a cruise on the Dawn Princess which is a cruise ship based out of Australia with mainly Australian passengers. The Dawn Princess goes around Australia and to various places in the Indian and Pacific Oceans.Our cruise stopped at Port Douglas - it was a tender port which meant that the ship anchored or stopped outside the...

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  • Exemplar Coach and limo service

    It’s a competitive market carting tourists from Cairns airport the 65 kilometres to Port Douglas and I should say it is a very spectacular road. Touted to be one of the best ocean side drives in Australia it is all but deserted and if the same road was in Europe, there would be an almost unbroken line of towns and condominiums – perhaps that almost...

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Port Douglas Shopping

  • Shopping in Port Douglas

    My favourite place to shop in Port Douglas is at the Sunday Market (see 'Things to do' tip). But for the rest of the week there are plenty of shops to browse in along Macrossan Street, which is the long main street of Port Douglas, which runs from the beach to the inlet. You will find pretty much everything you need along this stretch, including a...

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  • Shopping Oasis (If your into that sort...

    Marina Mirage is part of the Sheraton Mirage that Skase built in the 80's. Because of the affluent crowd that head to PD, many of the shops here were out of my price range, as the full range of designer labels and stores are on offer here. Quite a bit!

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  • Enjoy the Sunday Markets

    Well, it appears that every citizen that lives in Port Douglas seems to own their own business selling some sort of art or craft. When we arrived on a Sunday afternoon, the town seemed to be completely empty, until one of the local restaurant owners mentioned that we should head to the end of the street and check out the Sunday market. As we...

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Port Douglas Local Customs

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    by sue_stone Written Jun 7, 2007

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    If you want to experience some local culture then head to the Iron Bar Grill on Macrossan Street for some Cane Toad racing!

    Cane Toads are large ugly toads found in this part of the country, and the outback-themed Iron Bar pub and restaurant holds races throughout the week.

    This is a good fun event where you may even be lucky to win a bottle of champers if your toad comes in first!

    Iron Bar, 5 Macrossan Street, Port Douglas QLD 4877

    Cane Toad Racing
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Port Douglas Warnings and Dangers

  • Read the warning signs

    Thanks Laurie,we have plenty of crocodiles in and around Cairns and a few years ago a teenage girl was dragged in at Chinaman's Creek in Portsmith,her friends heard her screaming and went to help her,she was hanging onto a mangrove root for all her life.We get a few 'crocs' coming into the salt lake Centennial Lake at Edge Hill near the Botanical...

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  • Read the warning signs

    Thanks Laurie,we have plenty of crocodiles in and around Cairns and a few years ago a teenage girl was dragged in at Chinaman's Creek in Portsmith,her friends heard her screaming and went to help her,she was hanging onto a mangrove root for all her life.We get a few 'crocs' coming into the salt lake Centennial Lake at Edge Hill near the Botanical...

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  • Cold and Current

    Snorkeling in the winter is cold, and there is some current. The excursion company had lines with floats on them for us to hold onto. I would swim out a little way and I would be swept back to the lines. They had divers in case we missed the line. They also gave us Lycra suits to protect against jellyfish.

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Port Douglas Tourist Traps

  • Port Village Medical Centre RIP-OFF!!!!!

    Whilst visiting Port Douglas on our annual holiday, I went to the Port Village Medical Centre because I had what I thought was an ear infection, the doc looked in my ear and also my throat, told me I didn’t need antibiotics and just needed some over the counter nasal spray to clear the ear drain tube. As I left the doctors office (after just a few...

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  • Port Village Medical Centre RIP-OFF!!!!!

    I went to the doctors because I had what I thought was an ear infection, the doc looked in my ear and also my throat, told me I didn’t need antibiotics and just needed some over the counter nasal spray to clear the ear drain tube. As I left the doctors office the receptionist gave me a bill for $110.00…. I nearly passed out! Turns out this...

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  • Lagoons at Sheaton Mirage

    We went here for the supposed seafood buffet that was highly recommended to us. What a mistake. Food ok - on the lower end of average. Service ok. but WHERE is the seafood. Sure there are some prawns, smoked salmon, mussels and crab in cold selection; in the hot selection there is steamed fish, BBQ fish - if you can find the cook - and oysters...

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Port Douglas What to Pack

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    by ATXtraveler Written Apr 23, 2006

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: During your trip during the wet season, there are a few things to remember. You will be most likely get in the water to see the great barrier reef, so bring swimsuits, including a swimshirt. In addition, there is the possibility of a sting from a jellyfish, so make sure you add some lycra into your bag. If you do not have any, then you can actually pay the providers to rent one.

    Photo Equipment: Do not forget this... and it is also worth the money to buy a camera case holder for underwater pictures.

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Port Douglas Off The Beaten Path

  • Julatten

    'Round the back' of Port Douglas - heading inland rather than north into Mossman/Daintree - is Julatten and a beautifully low-key, scenic drive through low-lying hills and, in the rainy season, exceptionally verdant rolling fields of grasses and eucalyptuses. Great views looking north too.Daintree offers tropical, there's the Great Barrier Reef and...

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  • Barron Gorge National Park.

    Whilst visiting Kuranda you must not miss the beautifull Barron Falls, only 3km from Kuranda. We drove there but there were many tourists enjoying the walk to view the falls.We visited during the Dry Season when the waterflow is reduced. Barron Falls is a 260 metre granite faced waterfall and looks spectacular anytime. When you enter Barron Gorge...

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  • Day Trip To Kuranda

    Our day trip to Kuranda also included a visit to the nearby Barron Gorge National Park. Kuranda is south of Port Douglas and an easy one hour drive along sealed roads.It is easy to stay the whole day in Kuranda, there are many attractions including Birdworld, Heritage Markets, Scenic Railway, Cable Car over the Rainforest, Aboriginal Performance...

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Port Douglas Sports & Outdoors

  • Great Barrier Reef

    My grandmother wanted to snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef. But she was too sick to go, so I went by myself. Quicksilver supplies masks, snorkels, fins and Lycra suits. Bring along a towel, sunscreen, hat, swimwear and camera. Limited underwater digital cameras are available to hire onboard but I had my own. My grandmother told me to take some...

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  • Exercising 'Coastcare'

    If you enjoy walking or jogging, then this is the thing for you. Circling Port Douglas, there are 15 signboards, labeled "Exercising Coastcare".Walking the circuit may take 1h30 minutes. Jogging may take only 45 minutes.The signboards give wonderful information about the local lands, habitat, animals, resources, etc.They are situated along the...

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  • Learn how to Scuba Dive!

    One of the my favorite things about our trip to Port Douglas was my three scuba dives. I was a first timer, so this was really a phenomenal experience. It was tough to imagine that my first experience with scuba is also in one of the best places in the world to scuba dive, so this was just unbelievable.My first dive took place on the Quicksilver...

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Port Douglas Favorites

  • weather

    June to august is the dry season but this is also the tourist high season or peak season. Often accommodation etc charge more from June 1st to October 31st. (but definitely more expensive and crowded June to August.) I have been there in Sept/Oct and weather was nice and it wasn't too crowded. Of course it can still rain in the dry season, just not...

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  • Research on...

    There is so much to do here but you need to scratch the surface to find it. Research your arse off and ask plenty of questions. Go and see the website www.tourismportdouglas.com.au; It has a video preview section 'must do' section - use it. It has all the best spots.Contact them and they will give you a local's low down.Enjoy I am off to...

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  • Two Greatest people in Port Douglas

    There are two really special people who call Port Douglas home. And they are the couple who run the small seaside lunchstand by the beach at the Port Douglas Terrace lodging. They are the most friendly and most helpful two people anyone could ever want to meet. They are sweet and caring and courageous. When I got in a spot of trouble on the beach,...

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