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Surrounded by tropical rainforest, pure white beaches and close to the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef, Port Douglas is one of Australia’s leading resorts. Located in the north of Queensland, it is a resort which rewards lovers of nature, beach hounds and marine enthusiasts alike.
Excitement is always available for visitors. Whether their tastes involve mountain biking in the Great Dividing Range, trekking through the Daintree National Forest or scuba diving to swim with the exotic inhabitants of the Barrier Reef, travellers to northern Queensland will always find something to engage them.
Head into the Daintree Forest and swim in the beautiful surroundings of Mossman Gorge, take a night tour to see the area’s nocturnal fauna and take fascinating guided walks with aboriginal experts.
The resort of Port Douglas is also a thoroughly modern destination, and its wharf district is filled with high quality restaurants. Then there are spectacular unspoilt strands of sand, like the idyllic Four Mile Beach. You can even learn about the history of the settlement with a visit to the Douglas Shire Historical Society.
The reef is probably the resort’s major attraction, however, and is truly a wonder of the world. Experience snorkelling or diving in opulent style with one of the luxury cruises operating out of Port Douglas and see some of the most beautiful sights that the world’s oceans can offer. Or, take a sailing tour to the stunning, peaceful Low Isles, where even the most stressed out visitors can recharge their batteries.
Being in the north of Australia, the city enjoys a sub-tropical climate and experiences year round warmth. Instead of standard summers and winters, the area has wet and dry seasons. Sun seekers should aim to touch down between May and October to be sure of solid sunshine. This is actually the region’s “winter” but offers warmth, sunshine and low humidity that hardly feels like winter at all.
Visiting the resort is cheaper during the off-peak tourist season. That means heading over between March and May, when the damp months dry out and the heat reduces somewhat. Christmas holidays can also be good value and ideal time to visit for nature lovers who don’t need constant sunshine.
Port Douglas is not a large destination, so the resort itself can be navigated by foot or bicycle. There are plenty of picturesque bike paths available as well, making cycling a great option. However, if you are thinking about exploring the region, a 4-wheel drive can be hired easily in town. Boat hire is another excellent way of seeing the coast and the reef.