• Port Douglas Hot Air Balloon and Great Barrier Reef

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Here’s our suggestions for great things to do and see around Port Douglas

Port Douglas, Australia is one of those holiday places that you wish you had known about, a long time ago. “Port” as it’s known to the locals, is the spot that Cairns residents drive one hour up the Captain Cook Highway, to get away to, for a day or a weekend. Everyone locally too, knows the best restaurants within 100 kilometres are all Port Douglas restaurants, whether your tastes are seafood, gourmet, vegetarian or Asian with an Australian tropical twist take your time on holiday in Port Douglas to eat out, breakfast, lunch and dinner. Every dining experience can be different and unique, whether it’s the pub on the Corner or the cool all white Queenslander with the funky staff or the coffee made in heaven café and don’t forget the Port Douglas markets are by far the best in all of Far North Queensland and they only happen on Sunday mornings.

Port Douglas hotels and accommodation fall into three categories really, there are the Port Douglas resorts managed and run to national and international standards, most of which have lagoons and daily hotel servicing, then there are Port Douglas apartments that generally are studio to three bedroom apartment units with up to twenty units available and managed and sometimes owned by local owners. Port Douglas apartments are generally quite roomy and all have fully equipped kitchens, laundries with a simple balcony and lounge area, with office hours generally daytime only. Lastly, Port Douglas holiday houses really are the top of the tree, with some amazing hillside homes, luxury apartments and architect designed houses available for holiday let so really shop around, to get exactly what fits your wants and budget as the range does extend from basic to truly five star.

When it comes to things to do in Port Douglas, local attractions and tours really can make your holiday one you’ll never forget. Whether it’s a sail at sunset along Four Mile Beach with cocktails ( adults only) or a sunrise hot air balloon ride, a private four wheel drive tour through the ever changing vegetation of the World Heritage listed, Daintree Rainforest, everyone that comes to “Port” must do the Great Barrier Reef, with Quicksilver Cruises, known for over 25 years as the best Reef and boat cruise in Australia, with multiple Best Australian Tour of the Year, awards.

Did we mention that the other name that Port Douglas is known by? In Australia, it’s known as paradise.


There is so much to see and do at Port Douglas in Tropical North Queensland. We have put together a guide of Port Douglas things to do, places to stay, places to dine and more...


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5 out of 5 stars
First hot air ballooning experience
Alexandria, Virginia 11 May 2014

Hot Air Ballooning Port Douglas. We were on our honeymoon, and it was the first time either of us had been in a hot air balloon. It was such an amazing experience!! The staff were professional and HILARIOUS. We recommend it!