The charming village of Port Douglas is located in tropical north Queensland, just 50 mins drive north of Cairns, Australia. The drive north of Cairns on the Captain Cook Highway has excellent coastal scenery. Port Douglas is the closest mainland town to the Great Barrier Reef and the beautiful world heritage rainforests of Daintree and Cape Tribulation are at your feet making this a wonderful vacation destination for both Australian and travellers from overseas.
Within Australia, Qantas offers daily flights to Cairns from Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Townsville, Ayers Rock, Darwin and Hamilton Island. Flights from other cities go via these cities. Virgin Blue offers daily flights to Cairns from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, with connections from other cities via these points. Queensland Rail has 2 trains which travel from Brisbane to Cairns five times per week. The Sunlander has seats and berths and takes 31 hours. The Tilt Train only offers business class seats and takes 25 hours. There are numerous ways to travel from Cairns International or Domestic Airports north to Port Douglas. Hire a car (find the best rates here), take a shuttle bus, take a taxi or limousine from International from Domestic. If you have your own car or a hire car, simply head north from Cairns on the Captain Cook Highway then turn right into Port Douglas road when you see the large road sign.
A visit to Port Douglas is not complete without an early morning or evening stroll or bike ride along the wide sandy stretches of Four Mile Beach. The sand is firm and perfect for walking, jogging, riding a bicycle or simple lying back and enjoying the tropical atmosphere. Port Douglas is somewhere to put your feet up and unwind. Walk on Four Mile Beach in the morning, cruise the Great Barrier Reef or visit the rainforest during the day then dine in one of the many famous restaurants in the evening.