If you haven’t heard already, Port Douglas is located in Far North Queensland which is home to the Great Barrier Reef and the world’s oldest rainforest. The town is roughly 1 hour drive from Cairns along one of the world’s most scenic coastal roads.
Port, as simply referred to by locals, has a delightful laid back tropical atmosphere with a picture-perfect landmarks all around. The town itself is very quaint and offers everything from upmarket shops to award winning restaurants, all within an easy stroll.
The undeniably impressive natural beauty of the surrounding rainforest, mountains and the Coral Sea instil a deep sense of calm. Fearsome wildlife, relaxed lifestyle, super friendly locals and loads to discover are all key draw cards to have a fabulous break or a holiday.
One of the best things about Port is its tropical climate. It’s warm throughout the entire year and the sea temperature doesn’t drop below 23 degrees Celsius! With two distinct seasons; winter period (May to October) brings temperatures of 23-28 degrees Celsius, low rainfall and humidity.
The wet season (November to April) is an exciting time to be in the tropics. Yes, it rains a lot but not non-stop and often the days are still sunny and usually the main rainfall is at night.
The wet season has also many advantages for experiencing some magical moments and incredible natural scenery; this is a perfect time to see the waterfalls at their prime and the greenery at its best. If you’re planning a trip to the reef, you will also find the sea clarity to be excellent.
To experience all that is unique to this beautiful part of the world, take time to explore the palm-fringed beaches, the Tablelands, gorges, waterfalls, local markets, festivals, the town itself and its greater surrounds. There are plenty of tours to choose from with very proud and passionate guides happy to show you their slice of heaven. Guided tours greatly enhance understanding and appreciation of places and there is a lot to discover here. Many of those places simply can not be visited independently and guided tours are also a great way to maximise your day particularly if you don’t have much time.
Alternatively, take it easy and spend your days lazing the hours away.