With an abundance of exclusive resorts sitting on the edge of a vast wilderness, this is where you can enjoy a unique, evocative blend of wild adventure and pure luxury.
For much of its history, Port Douglas was just a small coastal township. Towards the end of the 19th century it served as a trading centre and port for local gold mines, but its importance was soon surrendered to Cairns and Cooktown. In the 1970’s backpackers and adventure travellers “discovered” the town and enjoyed soaking up its frontier atmosphere. After the backpackers and adventure travellers, the entrepreneurs arrived and gradually developed Port Douglas, building exclusive resorts. While it’s still very laid-back, there is a definite air of sophistication in Port Douglas today. For travellers, Port Douglas is the perfect bridge between the world’s largest living structure, the Great Barrier Reef, and the ecologically rich Wet Tropics Area – both World Heritage Listed. It is one of the most pristine pockets of nature anywhere on the planet.