Port Douglas is a popular destination among travellers because it is the closest departure port to the Great Barrier Reef. Another reason for its popularity is the chic seaside village and the landscape that is easy to explore on foot or through a bicycle. Macrossan Street has everything that a tourist will wish for like high-end boutiques, restaurants, cafes and retail stores.
Exploring Four Mile Beach
Four Mile Beach stretches along the peninsula where Port Douglas sits. After your journey to the Great Barrier Reef, you should spare some time to play on the compact white sand and get your fill of the sun and water. You can hire a bike to ride the length of the beach, try kitesurfing or a stand-up paddleboard to enjoy sea life and the reefs from above.
From the Flagstaff Hill Lookout, you can view the stunning coastline, the Low Isles, Snapper Island and the mountain range behind the town. Every year, Port Douglas hosts the family fun-filled Beach Day, one of the events of the Port Douglas Carnivale. You can arrange your travel schedule to coincide with the carnival that features sporting events like triathlons, mountain bike races, outrigging races and running.
Enjoying Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina
Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina is Queensland’s northernmost marina and one of the premier nautical destinations in Australia. The marina offers 135 berths for mono-hull and multi-hull vessels up to 50 metres in length. Dozens of tours depart from the marina everyday offering a full day at the reef or a leisurely cruise to enjoy the sunset down the inlet.
Some of Port Douglas’ best dining and bar hotspots can be found in the marina where you can enjoy cocktails and draft beer, gourmet pizzas and delicate tapas and a wide range of wine offerings. Special events are usually planned at one of the unique restaurants at the waterfront.
Eye-catching Sugar Wharf
Sugar Wharf was originally built in 1877 as a port for the Hodgkinson Goldfield in the Tablelands. After the gold rush and the construction of the railway lines to Cairns, the port functioned as a service for the mining and sugar industries until the late 1950’s. Nowadays, Sugar Wharf is a fishing and holiday town that attracts plenty of visitors. The Shipwreck Museum houses a large collection of relics from shipwrecks including Captain Cook’s Endeavour. Aside from being a fishing port, Sugar Wharf has become a favourite venue for weddings.
Watching the sunset at Rex Smeal Park
Rex Smeal Park is visited by both locals and tourists because it is a perfect place for picnics. The daily sunset is its number attraction which you can watch under shade of the coconut trees. Kids will enjoy playing on the sand while you sit back and relax with a cold drink.
You can book ahead for Cairns airport transfers to Port Douglas to make sure that there will be a vehicle to take you to your destination after your flight lands. Enjoy first class comfort during your journey from the Cairns Airport to Port Douglas for a very affordable price.