Port Douglas and its surrounds are truly magnificent. No other region in the world is bordered by two World Heritage Listed areas as is the Port Douglas region. Port Douglas is a resort town whose relaxed tropical outlook and stunning natural beauty make it a perfect vacation destination.
There is a great array of things to do in Port Douglas and with Saltwater Luxury Apartments right in the middle of town, access to all of these are really easy.
Just off the town’s eastern shore lies one of the world’s most spectacular natural wonders with over 400 species of coral and 1,500 species of fish, sea turtles, dolphins, and rays. The variety of tours is endless, and visitors can see the reef from the deck of a boat or snorkel alongside the fish.
Port Douglas is bounded by water on three sides, and Flagstaff Hill Lookout offers a breathtaking view of the entire panorama. The Lookout can be reached by car, but the gentle grade makes this an enjoyable walk for most visitors.
The turquoise waters and wide sand deck fringed by palms and mangroves rather than urban sprawl make Four Mile Beach one of the favourites of the region. The waves are gentle and family-friendly, while strong winter Trade Winds make it popular with kite surfers from June to August.
Located on the west side of town on the Dickson Inlet, Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina is a great place to go to the reef and to enjoy a lively marina with a shopping arcade, waterside restaurants, cafes and bars.
See Port Douglas’s mangrove system from a classic riverboat. Dense mangrove swamps, water birds like heron and egrets, and saltwater crocodiles are expected sights along the way.
Macrossan St is the town’s main avenue, lined with shops and casual restaurants. Here are numerous galleries featuring local artists working in a wide range of styles. A special feature of Port Douglas, the galleries have become well-known over the years and are an attraction in themselves.
Each Sunday morning seaside Anzac Park becomes the setting for colourful open-air markets. In addition to goods produced by local craftsmen and artists, there’s a mouth-watering selection of fresh fruits and vegetables from local growers.
Of the many day trips available from Port Douglas, the most noteworthy is to Daintree National Park, home to more species of plants and animals than any other place on earth and Australia’s largest tropical rainforest. There’s a tour for every taste, including one led by indigenous aboriginal people that has visitors sliding in the mud of mango swamps, learning survival skills and to catch their own seaside dinner.
The stunning scenery of the area makes a perfect backdrop for golf. Port Douglas has several world class courses, so beautifully designed even casual golfers will want to hit the links.
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