Port Douglas is a small coastal town in Queensland where the people from anywhere south of the Queensland border thinks it is a sun-drenched paradise to relax and feel the warmth of sun to get away from the coldness of winter. It is half an hour coastal drive from Cairns. The spectacular drive alone is worth going. It is utterly beautiful and somehow quaint.The low-rise town sits at the end of Davidson St lined with palm trees. The town itself parallels the beach fringed by tropical rainforest with its main centre located a short walk from the northern end of the beach. Port Douglas Beach commonly referred to as “Four Mile Beach” is renowned for its beauty, size and lack of surfer crowds.
If you are on a budget, it’s probably not a town for you. The town caters for the northern suburb residents of Sydney who dance to the beat of flash restaurants and over priced retail shops. You can easily spot them prancing around the main street cafes drinking their soy cappuccinos or drinking sparkling mineral water. They have some kind of an identity crisis and pressured by their peers to wear crispy white or pastel-coloured floral resort outfit. Port Douglas is a great base to tour the Low Isles, Great Barrier Reef, Mossman Gorge, Atherton Tablelands and Cape Tribulation.
TIP: Try to go on a weekend so that you could go when the seaside craft market is on.