Port Douglas is the flashy playground and holiday hub of tropical northern Queensland.
Situated 75 km (47 miles) from Cairns, Port Douglas is a sleek resort town from where visitors can head out to the Great Barrier Reef, and where a stellar range of restaurants and accommodation attract leisure seekers from around the globe. While those swish seafood restaurants, boutique clothing stores and four-star apartments soften the edges of the far-north frontier image, Port Douglas retains an endearing character with all the comforts of a big city condensed into a surprisingly small town.
Port Douglas was once a tiny fishing village. Today it is a tourist centre, but it has managed to preserve some of its village atmosphere. This is a purpose-built holiday town, so there’s a happy, relaxed vibe and clearly plenty of money floating around.
The town centre is built on a spit of land jutting out into the Coral Sea with Dickson Inlet and the gleaming marina on the west side and Four Mile Beach on the east. The Great Barrier Reef is less than an hour away and getting there is as easy as choosing which boat to hop on.
Where is Port Douglas
Port Douglas is located 75 km (47 miles) north of Cairns in far northern Queensland, Australia.
How to get from Cairns to Port Douglas?
Port Douglas is located 75 km (47 miles) north of Cairns. To get from Cairns to Port Douglas, take the scenic 65-minute drive from Cairns, in part along a narrow winding road that skirts the coast. Take Sheridan Street north out of Cairns city as it becomes the Captain Cook Highway; follow the signs to Mossman and Mareeba until you reach the Port Douglas turnoff on your right.
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