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You're Going to Love Port Douglas

Port Douglas started life as a fishing village in North Queensland but has grown into an upscale, sophisticated resort town, less than an hour by boat to the Great Barrier Reef. It offers an alternative to the faster-paced Cairns tourist resort and is less than one hour from the Daintree Rainforest.

Port Douglas is a center for all manner of watersports and cruising. The Reef Marina has a huge fleet of luxury yachts bringing well-heeled visitors to the area, while Four Mile Beach provides beautiful white sands and palm trees for some of the best swimming in Queensland.

Macrossan Street is the commercial center of Port Douglas, with a large range of restaurants, bars, cafes, and boutiques.

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When to Visit Port Douglas

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High season is the Australian winter of June to September. Temperatures are a little cooler and there is good visibility in the ocean for diving on the Great Barrier Reef. It is also the best season for whale watching. April to May and October to November also have pleasant temperatures with good bathing conditions and lower accommodation prices. December to March is the wet season, with heavy rains and unsafe swimming due to jellyfish.

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How to Get to Port Douglas

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Where to Stay in Port Douglas

Dougies Backpackers Resort is an excellent budget accommodation option on Davidson Street. The hostel offers a free pick up service from Cairns three times a week and has a good swimming pool and bar area, with hammocks and a barbecue. Shantara offers apartment-style accommodation from a central location between Four Mile Beach and Macrossan Street. There are two large saltwater swimming pools and Tibetan-style gardens, and a good spa offering a wide range of treatments. The Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort and Spa offers upscale accommodation, with a spa and an 18-hole golf course.

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Shopping Streets

Macrossan Street has most of the main retail outlets in town. Port Village Shopping Centre has more than 20 specialty shops with a focus on fashion. Portico Shopping Centre is also on Macrossan Street and majors on local products and crafts. Port Douglas Sunday Markets take place every Sunday from 8:00 am until 1:30 pm at Anzac Park; there are lots of stalls selling local goods and souvenirs.

Groceries and Other

A Coles supermarket can found in the Port Village Shopping Centre. A quart of milk in Port Douglas costs around A$1.30, while a pound of apples is priced at A$2.30.

Where to Eat in Port Douglas

2 Fish is one of the best seafood restaurants in Port Douglas. It has a lot of dishes featuring locally caught produce and cooks them in innovative ways. You will pay A$32-44 for a main course. The Yachty offers modern international cuisine, such as lobster and spiced lamb, with mains from A$22-34. The Beach Shack is a local favorite at the south end of Four Mile Beach. It does seafood, tapas and pizza, with a great value pizza special night on Saturdays for A$20.

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