Experts in Australia, New Zealand & South Pacific

Port Douglas Holidays

Port Douglas is a laid back marina town, home to a variety of fine dining experiences and superb hotels. A former fishing village, this quiet port combines peace and tranquillity with sophistication; therefore holidays to Port Douglas are a great choice for a relaxing holiday.

Getting there

You can reach Port Douglas in a short drive north, just one hour from Cairns. Fly into Cairns International Airport and transfer their by coach, private limousine or rent your own car.  The coastal roads are a scenic pleasure to drive along, with gold sand beaches to be spotted and some of Tropical North Queensland’s finest resorts. 

The only place where two World Heritage listed sites exist side-by-side - the Great Barrier Reef and the forests of Daintree and Cape Tribulation. If you want to get away from it all, then simply take a trip to the beautiful beach on the opposite side of the marina from which you can head out on day cruises and explore the world famous reef.

Take time to enjoy the stylish restaurants, bars, cafes, boutiques, bookshops and galleries as you stroll along Macrossan Street which is the central point of the village.  At the end of Macrossan Street you will find palm-fringed Four Mile Beach, a magnificent point at which to enjoy the sunset. At the other end, Anzac Park is home to St Mary's, a picturesque sea Chapel where markets are held every Sunday.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Families will love Port Douglas holidays, with so much adventure at your fingertips. Have fun with the whole family learning how to dive, snorkel, jet-ski or water ski or go take it easy kayaking to secluded beaches.

The best way to get to the Great Barrier Reef from here is on a cruise and they depart daily from the Marina Mirage. You can also visit the Low Isles on a sailboat; or perhaps spend a few days sailing to the outer reefs on a luxury yacht. The best views have to be from the sky though and you can experience a stunning panorama on a helicopter or sea plane scenic flight.

One of the most popular spots to visit in the Daintree rainforest is Mossman Gorge, which can be reached in just 20 minutes if you drive north from Port Douglas. Tick some activities off your bucket list if you dare and go and spot crocodiles on the Daintree River or explore the beaches of Cape Tribulation by 4WD. For a real sense of adventure, take a guided night walk through the jungle. Bring your torch so you can see the animals which are at their most active as night falls.   

Recommended experiences

What kind of holiday experiences are you looking for?

Select your travel interests to find the experiences you’ll love.

There are 6 itineraries to choose from below. Use the filters to refine your options.

a body of water with a mountain in the background

APT Treasures of Australia

15 Day Suggested Itinerary
From £5,799 per person
Great for
  • Beaches & boats
  • Escorted tours
  • Food & wine
  • Round the world
  • Wildlife & nature
a group of people swimming in a body of water

The Great Barrier Reef Drive

7 Day Self Drive
From £455 per person
Great for
  • Beaches & boats
  • Self-drives

Other places to go in Queensland

What kind of holiday experiences are you looking for?

Select your travel interests to find the experiences you’ll love.

a body of water with a city in the background
Brisbane

Brisbane

a large ship in the water
Fraser Island

Fraser Island

a group of people surfing in the ocean
Gold Coast

Gold Coast

a group of palm trees next to a body of water
Palm Cove

Palm Cove

a tree in a forest
Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation

a group of people on a rock in a pool of water
Lizard Island

Lizard Island

From the blog

a person standing in front of a body of water

Top 5 settings in Australasia to take your vows

With so many romantic spots to enjoy your special ceremony, we've whittled it down to just five of our favourites...

Interested in the deep blue residents? Then dive right in!

Inspired by the Blue Planet series, discover the creatures that bless Australasia's oceans and exactly where to find them...
a tree in front of a body of water

Where to stop off on Australia's east coast

From laid-back beach towns in New South Wales to the dazzling beaches of sunny Queensland, Australia’s east coast really has it all. Have you been yet?