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Port Douglas Information & Tours

A guide on where to stay, eat & play in Port Douglas

Douglas Shire, Far North Queensland

Get away from the city to enjoy some tropical relaxation in the small, seaside town of Port Douglas. You can find this tranquil oasis just a short 1-hour drive North from Cairns, along one of the most stunning costal road drives. Whether you are in Port Douglas for a day or plan to stay and travel from there, the available activities are sure to impress. This stunning destination offers easy access to the outer Great Barrier Reef, the Low Isles, the Daintree Rainforest, and Mossman Gorge.

While enjoying your stay in this piece of paradise, make sure to take in the sights at some of the truly picturesque spots in town. You will find palm trees lining the sea wall at Smeal Park; soft, wonderful sand stretching out for miles at 4 Mile Beach; a gorgeous lookout over the waters below at Flagstaff Hill.

You have various options for good value day tours to visit both the rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef when traveling out of Port Douglas. From wine tastings to outdoor adventures, Port Douglas certainly can check all the boxes.

Tours departing from Port Douglas

How to get to Port Douglas

You have some options when it comes to getting to and from Port Douglas. Here are some options we suggest.


If you have a car with you, or are planning to hire a car, drive yourselves up to Port Douglas and take in all the views along the way. This 1 one-hour drive (each way) is one of the most stunning costal roads. If you have the option, this is a great way to travel as you will be able to pull over and take in the sites at your leisure.


There are bus companies who do transfers to and from Cairns and Port Douglas. Due to the on going affects of COVID19, the availability can change. We recommend calling around to get the most up-to-date time table and options.

  • Beached Meet & Greet
  • BTS
  • Beep Beep Group
  • Cairns to Port Douglas Bus
  • Uber *Please note Uber is currently not available within Port Douglas due to the ongoing effects of COVID19.

Where to Stay

There are a variety of accommodations styles available in Port Douglas. Some locations will leave you right in the heart of town, where others will be a short drive away. Due to the ongoing affects of COVID19, there is no Uber in Port Douglas, so do be mindful of this when deciding where you would like to stay.

Where to Eat

Most eateries in Port Douglas are along Macrossan Street, the main road in town. You will find a mixture of cafes and restaurants to choose from. Below you will find some of our favourites.

Nightwings Rainforest Projects

Not far from Port Douglas, the Nightwings Rainforest project is working hard to ensure the survival of the incredible ecosystem of the wet tropics of Far North Queensland. This group aim to take restore old sugarcane land back to the glorious rainforest it once was. Along with planting roughly 50,000 trees to date, the project is also a sanctuary for endemic species of bats, such as the Flying Fox, and other small animals of the rainforest. Due to the increased loss of natural habitat, these creatures are declining in numbers at a startling rate. Nightwings Rainforest aim to help preserve and regenerate the rainforest, with the help of the community & volunteers, so the beautiful Wet Tropics World Heritage area of Far North Queensland and wonderful creatures within have a thriving future.

No More Signal Use Plastics

Gone are the days of signal use plastics in Port Douglas and Far North Queensland, and for great reason. Roughly 8 million tonnes of plastic are currently entering the ocean every year and having devastating effects on the marine life. The Douglas Shire Council have started the Keep Paradise Plastic Free campaign.  The goal is to help the community and businesses find alternative options to replace single-use plastics, wherever possible. Add this to Nicole Nash’s The Last Straw campaign, which will see single use plastics banned later this year and we are surly off to a great start. Whether it be a re-usable shopping bag or a biodegradable paper straw, these little changes can make a lasting impact to our planet and our little piece of paradise.