We recently had an amazing family holiday, with a week in Port Douglas and three days on Green Island, in Far North Queensland. I’m sharing our favourite places and experiences. There is a lot more to see, eat, do and experience in Port Douglas. This was our experience.
Want to know what to do in Port Douglas? Here’s what we loved!
What to do in Port Douglas | Accommodation
First up, we needed somewhere to stay. We love staying in holiday houses when we go away. The prices are similar to hotel rooms, but you get a lot more bang for your buck.
The house we stayed in had it all – private saltwater pool, fabulously well equipped kitchen, huge lounge and dining, premium Foxtel, lovely bathrooms, indoor-outdoor living, Weber Q, beach cruiser bicycles, garage, huge bedrooms, air conditioning … plus it was a two minute walk to the beach.
Having our own pool was heaven on earth, especially for Boyo. It meant we could supervise him when we were in our PJs, so we were pretty happy too.
The super duper well stocked kitchen made self catering so easy. We like to mix it up, combining takeaways, home cooking, dinners out and morning breakfasts. With a food allergy to make allowances for, self catering is a good idea too.
We had cereal, yoghurt, eggs, bacon, smoked salmon, toast and mushrooms for breakfast. Not all at once! The Welshman fired up the barbecue for a couple of nights, cooking lamb, sausages, mushrooms and his famous FBCs (fat barbecue chips – a delicious herby chip roasted spud hybrid). This kept us in lunches and dinners, interspersed with restaurant meals.
We are very happy to recommend Beach Villa 5, at Port Douglas.
What to do in Port Douglas | Food
Next, food! A girl’s gotta eat, right?
- Coles – if you’re self catering, a good supermarket is an essential. Centrally located with free parking, and surprisingly large.
- Hog’s Breath Cafe – not my first choice, but Boyo loves it. We received amazing service, with special attention for my food allergy, and the food was delicious! Situated on the marina, the views are spectacular.
- Mocka’s Pies – world famous in Port Douglas. The Blokefolk loved it but as the only option available to me was corn & asparagus (and I’m pretty sure they were canned), I was less than impressed.
- Surf Life Saving Club – situated right on the beach, this Port Douglas institution serves yummy food with a big smile. A great night out.
- 2 Fish – a gorgeous restaurant with a posh takeaway menu. Best fish and chips in town. You get what you pay for, and this was worth every cent.
- Fresh prawns – straight from the marina. $15 a kg when we were there and amazing! Follow the signs on the nearby lamp posts
What to do in Port Douglas | town
- On the Inlet – head here for fish feeding at 5pm every night, plus buckets of prawns, food, drinks and fab views
- Iron Bar Cane Toad Racing – we didn’t make it this time around, but head down here for cane toad races at 8.3o pm every night.
- Macrossan Street – the main drag of town with the majority of cafes, restaurants, shops and services
- Marina – I get seasick on the Neutral Bay ferry, but there is something lovely about looking at boats tied up at the marina. A lovely place for a wander.
Daintree Station Jungle Rumble Quad Biking
The Blokefolk and I headed out to the gorgeous Daintree Station, about an hour out of Port Douglas. They went for an amazing quad bike tour involving ATV action, a farm tour and a bit of local history. Boyo especially loved meeting puppies at the farm. He absolutely adored getting splashed head to toe in mud too!
I spent the afternoon painting my nails and reading my book in the rustic restaurant. Perfect wedding location if you’re in the market!
$140 per person for adults kids from 10 years old. They also offer horse riding tours.
Our fabulous holiday house came complete with four gelato-hued beach cruisers, but you can hire them for about $15 per day. Port Douglas is largely flat with wide streets and lots of bike lanes, and perfect for bike riding. Lots of fun for the whole family.
What to do in Port Douglas | Daintree River Cruise
We had a great day out in the Daintree region. The drive is just oh so pretty and worth the trip alone.
The Daintree River Cruise Centre looked after us with biscuits and cups of tea whilst we were waiting. The tour was smooth as – not even gets-seasick-on-a-jetty me was remotely wobbly!
We spotted lots of trees, birds, plant life and had a chat about life on the Daintree. We spotted one and a half crocodiles. One hanging out on a big stick on the edge of the river, and the half? Well, we’re pretty sure we spotted one cruising down the middle of the river – but it could have been a stick with eyes!
What to do in Port Douglas | Markets
I’m a well known market aficionado. Imagine my excitement when the Welshman scheduled three markets for us!
Country markets with a lovely community vibe, with a very retro cute op shop. Yummy homemade goodies, art and crafts, plants, hippy dippy offerings, handmade candles, jewellery, clothes. Held every Saturday. Click for more information
A covered market with permanent stall holders, offering clothes, books, art, souvenirs, shoes, leather goods, jewellery, et al. Open daily. Click for more information
Port Douglas Markets
Held on the waterfront every Sunday, offering a huge range of local handicrafts, jewellery, clothing, local produce, food and drink, photography, souvenirs, art and entertainment. My favourite find was Neolithic Jewellery Click for more information
What to do in Port Douglas | Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Strictly speaking, the Skyrail is in Cairns, but it is an easy (and very pretty) drive from Port Douglas. It’s well worth it for 7 and a half kilometres of Skyrail experience. There are three stations to stop at – with rainforest walks, scenic lookouts and information to marvel at.
The final stop is Kuranda, where you can visit the lovely tropical village. It can be a bit tourist-tacky, and I think some of the staff could do with a holiday because the customer service level was on the low side, but there are redeeming points. Like the lolly shop, the Scottish fudge shop (where I bought Welsh toffee) and the interesting (albeit expensive) Birdworld.
What to do in Port Douglas | Four Mile Beach
Hit the beautiful Four Mile Beach for beautiful sand and calm water – oh and flipping spectacular views! I don’t even like the beach and I loved Four Mile Beach!
What to do in Port Douglas | Peppers Beach Club Exclusive Spa
I was very lucky to experience the Peppers Beach Club Exclusive Spa Signature Daintree treatment. Featuring all sorts of fabulousness, but culminating in the awesomeness that is the Vichy shower, I left feeling silky smooth. My skin as well as my soul! Look out for my review post soon
Have you visited Port Douglas? What is your favourite thing to do?