Port Douglas Origins
Founded in 1877, Port Douglas was initially established to serve prospectors working the Hodgkinson River Goldfields. At that time, thousands of settlers flooded the area, creating one of Queensland's largest towns. Within a few years, however, the main railroad was directed to Cairns, and the gold rush died down, resulting in Port Douglas becoming a sleepy fishing town and port for the local sugar industry.
Transforming Old Port Douglas
In the 1980s, millions of dollars were invested to transform the picturesque hamlet into a major Australian leisure destination. Today, as a result, Port Douglas (or "Port" as it's called) attracts nature-loving vacationers as well as scores of the rich and famous from across the world. The town is especially well-known as the culmination of an awe-inspiring drive from Cairns along the Coral Sea coast, The Great Barrier Reef Drive, http://www.greatbarrierreefdrive.com.au . The area's best-known attraction, the Great Barrier Reef, lies just 50km off the coast, all cruises embark from the marina, taking folks to snorkel or dive amid its marine beauty.
Port Douglas Area Overview
Port Douglas cherishes its small-town, seaside charm while capitalizing on incredible weather, terrific accommodation, and impressive dining. On shore, Four Mile Beach is a gorgeous swathe of uninterrupted sand and sea and the town's most prominent beach. Other attractions include Macrossan Street, the village's main thoroughfare of restaurants and shopping, and the Sunday Markets in Anzac Park. Just 15km from Port Douglas is the town of Mossman, famous for its sugar-cane production and Mossman Gorge, where the river transcends the Rainforest, a must see. North of the Daintree river is the World Heritage Daintree Rainforest, the oldest rainforest in the world. Whether it is wet or fine a visit to this wonderland of flora and fauna must be on your things to do list.
Port Douglas boasts warm weather throughout the year. The coldest month is July, when Australia is in the midst of winter, and lows range from 18°C - 27°C. January is the warmest month on average with highs clocking in at an average of 24°C - 35°C.