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Introducing Port Douglas

Back in the 1960s, Port Douglas was a sleepy fishing village with a laidback population of 100; come the ’80s and the construction of the Sheraton Mirage mega-resort, and ‘Port’ morphed into a flashy playground for the big-hair, big-money set. These days, the town has settled somewhere between the two extremes: unhurried yet upmarket, it’s a sophisticated alternative for those looking to escape Cairns’ hectic tourist scene. Port’s white-sand beach, Four Mile, is mere steps away from the main streets (Macrossan and Davidson), and the Great Barrier Reef is less than an hour offshore.