Your guide to Port Douglas

Your guide to Port Douglas

Where rainforest meets reef, Port Douglas provides a stylish tropical getaway writes Alluxia founder and luxury travel specialist, Sally Scott.

By Sally Scott | 19th August 2015

Port Douglas offers chic dining, cafes and cocktail lounges plus year-round sunshine, making it the perfect holiday escape for style conscious travellers.

From Brisbane, fly into Cairns and then it’s just one hour’s scenic drive north to discover the picture-perfect haven of Port Douglas. Where rainforest meets reef, Port Douglas is a great base to explore some of Tropical North Queensland’s most spectacular natural assets.

Where to Shop

Rose & Boy

Stocking a range of men’s and women’s fashion including the ultimate boho chic accessories by Samantha Wills to complete your coastal cool look.

With Sugar Port Douglas

A delightful gift shop filled with prints, pineapples and more. Browse this super cute store filled with homewares, jewellery and gifts before heading next door to the Little Larder for a Toby’s Estate coffee.

Port Douglas Markets

Boasting over 150 individual stalls offering handmade clothing, jewellery, woodwork and metal work from local artisans and a choice of foodie creations including homemade jams, sauces and chutneys plus fresh produce. Held every Sunday from 8am -1.30pm at Anzac Park at the end of Macrossan St.

What to see and do

Port Douglas Jungle Surf (left) and markets (right)

Port Douglas Jungle Surfing (left) and markets (right)

Jungle Surfing

Fly through the trees on a specially designed flying fox zipline course, stopping at 6 tree platforms to take in the breathtaking views of the treetops, down to cascading streams as you get more bold and adventurous with each zipline! Highly recommend and suitable for all ages and levels of fitness.

Quicksilver

With a host of options to explore the Great Barrier Reef, why not indulge in a day of tropical relaxation and set sail from Port Douglas to the idyllic Low Isles aboard Wavedancer, Quicksilvers’s 30 metre sailing catamaran.

Taste Port Douglas

This foodie event aims to champion the produce, restaurateurs, chefs and industry trailblazers to an international stage against a backdrop of tropical paradise and we can’t wait! Taste Port Douglas runs 21-23 August and is one to add to the food and wine festival calendar.

Where to dine

Harrisons

Retaining its one hat in this year’s Queensland Good Food Guide, Harrisons is our pick for dining in style in the tropics. With an inventive menu, we were left swooning over chef/owner Spencer Patricks Daintree Rainforest Chocolate Marquise Raspberry textures and young coconut delicious dessert. The relaxed, yet stylish dining experience is one not to be missed.

Origin Espresso

Have a relaxing morning and immerse yourself in caffeine heaven at Origin Espresso. Filled with locals lined up for their morning fix, Origin Espresso source, roast and brew their own coffee under the Four Mile Roasters label, so you know they’re serious about coffee.

Where to Stay

Niramaya, Port Douglas

Niramaya, Port Douglas

Niramaya Villas & Spa

Niramaya is a tranquil, tropical oasis with luxurious pavilion style villas ideal for romantic getaways and group gatherings. Your pavilion is a luxurious, fluid space, where indoors and outdoors merge leading out to a private plunge pool and day bed. Fully self-contained with gourmet kitchen, BBQ, alfresco dining and lots of areas to lounge about, you simply won’t want to leave. From $560 per night, minimum 3 night stay.

Whether you’re planning a romantic getaway, group getaway or just family fun, browse Alluxia’s handpicked Port Douglas accommodation for your next Tropical North Queensland holiday!

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Article by Sally Scott

Sally Scott is the curator and founder of alluxia.com – connecting style conscious travellers with luxury travel experiences. She is a lover of good food, great wine and is in a constant state of wanderlust.