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Introducing Port Douglas

Port Douglas is the flashy playground of tropical northern Queensland. Like a spoilt child, it thumbs its nose at Cairns by being more sophisticated, more intimate and (perhaps most of all) by having a beautiful, white-sand beach right on its doorstep. The Great Barrier Reef is less than an hour offshore.

From the Captain Cook Hwy, a 6km stretch along a low spit of land passes swanky village-sized resorts and golf courses to the township. A purpose-built holiday hub, there’s a happy, relaxed vibe and clearly plenty of money floating around. Yet Port Douglas (or just ‘Port’) retains an endearing character, with all the comforts of a big city condensed into a surprisingly small town. Just don’t forget there’s more to explore further north!