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Port Douglas

This small town on the tropical north Queensland coast is one of Australia's top destinations, popular both with international and domestic tourists. Sixty kilometers north of Cairns International Airport, Port Douglas has a population of around 3000 – a figure that can double with tourists in the dry season (May to September). While the weather in Port Douglas is warm year-round, November to April marks the wet season when rainfall is at its highest and 'stingers' – box jellyfish – pervade the waters.

Port Douglas is replete with natural beauty, positioned as it is between two UNESCO World Heritage sites – the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. An array of reef tours depart from Port Douglas, from day trips to extended sailing excursions around the Low Isles, while 4WDs take visitors on guided wildlife tours through the Daintree.

A five-minute walk from the center of town is Four Mile Beach – a long stretch of white sand, blue water and swaying palms. Sections of the beach are protected by stinger nets to keep jellyfish out in the low season and surf life savers patrol year-round to help keep swimmers safe. Four Mile Beach runs almost the entire length of Port Douglas, with much of the town's accommodation nestled amid palm groves along the waterfront. Further north, the Daintree is also home to beautiful unspoiled beaches, such as Cape Tribulation, where rainforest and mangroves extend into calm clear water.

Accommodation in Port Douglas centers on the beach and the harbor, with a higher concentration of hotels in north Port Douglas. Accommodation in the south Port Douglas area is still quite central, however, owing to the town's compact size, and still has excellent access to Four Mile Beach.

For more information on hotels and landmarks in the different areas of Port Douglas, click on the interactive Port Douglas map on the left-hand side of the page.