Idyllically positioned between reef (The Great Barrier Reef) and rainforest (The Daintree Rainforest), Port Douglas is a civilised piece of paradise within commuting distance from Cairns International Airport. What protects the charm of the village of Port Douglas is price. If many of us could afford to move to Port Douglas we probably would. But there are still some great value options in our list of the best places to stay in Port Douglas, because the majority of the hotels and resorts have been built in the rainforests just out of town.
Port Douglas has good bars, a good marina, a lovely golf course and some truly excellent cafes. And of course the climate is very friendly. The Sunday Craft Markets, like everything in Port Douglas, are very good but quite pricey.
Most of Port Douglas's development dates from the '80s, Four Mile Beach the strip of perfect white just feet from the main drag, was a big draw for developers, but development never got out of hand, and there's still a sleepy charm to the town.
Port Douglas is just an hour from the outer reef and an hour and a half from Cape Tribulation. It's an amazing place to try your hand at sailing or fishing and there are numerous things to do in and around the beaches and the rainforests. Port Douglas also has its own wildlife park the Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.
Still not sure? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Port Douglas, or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice. Or you can widen the net and take a look at all our Queensland recommendations.
Set back from the beach and away from the hustle and bustle of the town, QT is perfectly situated for a relaxing stay. Fun, light filled rooms, with chic retro decor, look out onto the garden or pool. One or two bed apartments are ideal for families or groups.