Charming Port Douglas on the Queensland coast is increasingly becoming a destination for the discerning traveller. A little less crowded and crazy than Brisbane or Cairns, this lovely town has a lot to offer and is well worth a visit. But what would you go there and what would you find? Is it just a diving launch site or is there more on offer. Here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions about this historic town that has been around since as far back as 1877 and which, in case you didn’t know, is about 70kn to the north of Cairns.
Where do you stay?
It might be a small town but one thing is for sure it offers plenty by way of accommodation. A simple internet search for something like, luxury accommodation Port Douglas will turn up plenty of options and you will be amazed at the prices. This is a town that can offer a genuine luxury experience without all the big city prices and expenses.
Will it fit my budget?
The answer to this question is almost certainly ‘yes’. Slightly removed from the mainstream tourist route Port Douglas still offers access to the Great Barrier Reef, world class braches and wildlife and tropical rain forests. It really has it all. And if money is tight look to stay in a backpackers or in one of the Port Douglas apartments that are available to rent almost all year round.
Must I be a diver to really enjoy it?
Having a Scuba licence is certainly not a disadvantage but such is the abundance of coral and ease of access that snorkelling is just as easy. In fact just being able to swim means that you are in for an incredible time, it really is that easy. Having said that, if you do want to acquire a diving licence while you are in town, you will be able to do so. It is a few simple tests and some practicals and then you are done, breathing underwater and enjoying the incredible visibility and marine life.
Is it family friendly?
It certainly is! Most children are happy to spend hours on end on the beach and with its Four Mile Beach port Douglas certainly doesn’t lack beach space. But there are plenty of other things to do as well. Interacting with Koalas and other animals is a great experience as is the old narrow gauge railway line, the Ballyhooley Steam Railway, which offers regular excursions in an old-fashioned train.
What else is it famous for?
Aside from all the incredible attractions mentioned already, Port Douglas is also famous for something very sad as well. It was of the coast of this town that the Australian icon and wildlife guru Steve Irwin died back in 2006 when he tangled with a stingray during the making of a television documentary. Despite this sad occurrence there are plenty of amazing things about Port Douglas, certainly enough to warrant a visit when you plan your next holiday.