Looking for what to do in Port Douglas? A popular destination for backpackers and honeymooners, if you’re after a carefree beach holiday, Port Douglas at the tip of Queensland, Australia has got it all. Taking less than an hours drive to get from Cairns to Port Douglas, it is a perfect base to explore Australia’s natural landscape. After checking into your Port Douglas accommodation, waste no time and head out to the Great Barrier Reef for snorkeling scuba diving and boat cruises. The Kuranda Rail is a must do experience, taking you past rainforest and waterfalls.
A visit to the world heritage Daintree rainforest Cape Tribulation and Low Isles are essential to understanding the beauty of Port Douglas and the region. If you haven’t organised car rental in Port Douglas there are plenty of tours in and around the area. Simply browse our catalogue for all things to do in Port Douglas. If a Port Douglas luxury experience is more your style, be prepared for pampering with deluxe spas, villages and resort style accommodation. In addition, if you're looking for more information on what to do in Queensland as a whole instead of just what to do in Port Douglas, or even an efficient Port Douglas Itinerary for stays of varying lengths, be sure to check out our detailed information pages!
Useful Information for visiting Port Douglas
- Emergency (Police, Fire & Ambulance): 000
- International dialing code: +61
Port Douglas has only two seasons, wet and dry. The wet season starts in November and continues up to May. During the wet season Port Douglas experiences frequent rains and can become quite balmy, with temperatures rising up to 30C/86F. The Dry season starts in June and goes on until October, with warm sunny days and cooler nights with the temperature varying between 29C/84F to 11C/51F.
Surf and Sun Safety
Australia has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world so it can be tempting to throw caution to the wind. Always play it safe by swimming between the red and yellow flags in beaches that are patrolled by lifeguards. Protect your skin from sun damage by following the simple Slip, Slop and Slap rule- Slip on a shirt, Slop on some sunscreen and Slap on a hat.
ATMs are easily found around Port Douglas. Most places accept the major credit cards, American Express, MasterCard, Diners Club and Visa. However, some of the smaller restaurants and shops may only accept cash.
Currency converters can be found in the Cairns Airport and the banks in Port Douglas.
Address: 11-17 Macrossan Street, Port Douglas
Phone: (07) 4099 4231
Address: 5/43 Macrossan Street, Port Douglas
Phone: (07) 4030 4977
A 10% Goods and Services Tax is added to most items that you purchase and is included in the display price. Visitors to Australia may be issued a refund at the airport for the GST of goods over $300 purchased within 30 days of leaving Australia. For more details, consult the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service. Ph: 1300 363 263
Tipping is not expected in Australia. However, if you experience really good service and want to show your appreciation, 10% of the bill is an acceptable amount for a tip.
The Standard time zone on the Port Douglas is GMT + 10 hours
The minimum age for the purchase and consumption of alcohol is 18. Minors will not be permitted to enter a bar if not accompanied by an adult.
Smoking is prohibited at indoor public places and cigarettes will not be sold to minors.
Address: 9 Hospital Street, Mossman
Phone: (07) 4084 1200
Cairns Day Surgery
Address: 156-160 Grafton Street, Cairns
Phone: (07) 4051 5454
Royal Flying Doctor Service
Address: 1 Junction Street, Edge Hill
Phone: (07) 3860 1100
- Port Douglas Tourist Information
Address: 23 Macrossan Street, Port Douglas
Phone: (07) 4099 5599