Port Douglas Review by Leah Johnson

Port Douglas Review by Leah Johnson

Located just over 400km north of Townsville (approximately a 5.5 hour drive), is the beautiful and relaxing Port Douglas.  With a population of around 3200 residents, Port Douglas has become a well known tourist destination with its easy access to the Great Barrier Reef.

Accommodation

We chose to stay at the Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple & Spa however booked our rooms through the Discover Queensland website (http://www.discoverqueensland.com.au/properties/sea-temple-port-douglas.php).

Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Spa

The drive up

The perfect halfway stop is Mission Beach and our favourite place for a break and lunch is Bibesia Restaurant and Cocktail Bar at Castaways Resort and Spa (https://castaways.com.au/mission-beach-restaurant/). This restaurant offers al fresco dining in true tropical style overlooking the beach.

Moonlight Cinema

On our first night, we went to the Moonlight Cinema which is an outdoor cinema so you can watch a movie under the stars. The cinema season runs from approximately June to October each year and you can utilise your Cinebuzz membership cards to earn points. Prices, sessions and information are on their website: https://www.moonlight.com.au/port-douglas/program/

Sailaway

On our second night, we did a sunset sail with Sailaway Port Douglas (http://sailawayportdouglas.com/product/luxury-sunset-sail/) which is an adults-only, 1.5 hour sail departing and returning to the Port Douglas Marina. The price included a welcome drink (beer, wine, cider or softdrink) and hot/cold canapes whilst we relaxed taking in views of the Coral Sea. Additional drinks were available for purchase and there was great music/ambience.

Port Douglas by Leah Johnson

Take a stroll

A walk along Four Mile Beach (https://www.portdouglastravel.com/region-guide/things-to-do/scenery-nature/four-mile-beach.87.html) and a walk or drive up to the Flagstaff Hill Lookout (https://www.experienceoz.com.au/en/port-douglas/flagstaff-hill/flagstaff-hill-lookout) are great things to do after breakfast one morning or as an easy afternoon activity

Port Douglas by Leah Johnson

Dine in the Rainforest

On our third night, we went to Flames of the Forest which is Australia’s only rainforest dining experience (http://www.flamesoftheforest.com.au/) combining local produce and beautiful rainforest views. We chose the Rainforest Dining Experience which comprised of a six course tropical tasting menu with matching wines and pick up/drop off to our hotel. The ‘restaurant’ is under a black, silk-lined marquee with handmade chandeliers and a solo guitarist for entertainment. A truly magical experience.

Low Isles Day Tour

On our final day, we did the Low Isles Day Tour through Quicksilver Group (https://wavedancerlowisles.com/sailing-the-great-barrier-reef/) which comprised of a one hour sail from Port Douglas, morning tea/lunch/afternoon tea, a reef presentation, glass bottom boat coral viewing, guided snorkelling, biologist-guided beach walk and stinger suit use. With limited numbers, this tour offered a relaxing and informative way to experience the beauty and history of the Low Isles and it’s lighthouse.

Have you been to Port Douglas?  Share your experiences in the comments below…


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Written by Leah Johnson

Administrator by day and resume and cover Letter writer by night; Leah owns and operates her online hobby Resumes By Leah.

In the four and a half years of living in Townsville, Leah and her husband have enjoyed exploring the beauty and history of tropical North Queensland

Administrator by day and resume and cover Letter writer by night; Leah owns and operates her online hobby Resumes By Leah.  In the four and a half years of living in Townsville, Leah and her husband have enjoyed exploring the beauty and history of tropical North Queensland.

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