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Popular amenities for Port Douglas vacation rentals

Stay near Port Douglas's top sights

Ramada Resort by Wyndham Port Douglas10 locals recommend
Quicksilver Cruises67 locals recommend
Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina18 locals recommend
Oaks Port Douglas Resort18 locals recommend
4 Mile Beach Lookout15 locals recommend
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas68 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Port Douglas

  • Total rentals

    860 properties

  • Rentals with a pool

    810 properties have a pool

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    30 properties allow pets

  • Family-friendly rentals

    630 properties are a good fit for families

  • Total number of reviews

    26K reviews

  • Nightly prices starting at

    $10 before taxes and fees

Your guide to Port Douglas

All About Port Douglas

The laid-back Port Douglas on the far northeastern coast of Queensland is a gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest. This tropical Australian town boasts balmy weather, superb dining, and easy access to some of the country’s most renowned natural features.

Spend the day sailing or snorkeling the world’s most impressive coral reef system, or winding your way through Mossman Gorge and the oldest surviving tropical rainforest. Swim in the calm waters of Four Mile Beach or simply take some time out to relax at one of the town’s many wellness spas. In the evening, you can wander down to the grassy area at Port Douglas’s shorefront to watch the sunset over the Coral Sea or enjoy the day’s catch at one of the town’s fine-dining restaurants.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Port Douglas

Port Douglas has a tropical climate, which means it has two distinct seasons: wet and dry. It also has warm temperatures year round. The wet season runs from November until April, and brings humid weather and significant amounts of rain, especially in the morning and evening. The dry season runs from May until October and brings warmer weather. This is generally the best time for exploring the outdoors and enjoying Port Douglas’s renowned outdoor dining.

If you’re planning on swimming at the region’s beaches or visiting the Great Barrier Reef, be aware that the wet season can also bring box jellyfish to the waters off Far North Queensland. When booking Port Douglas house rentals at this time of year, be sure to seek advice from local experts before taking a dip.

Top things to do in Port Douglas

The Great Barrier Reef

The world’s largest coral reef, the Great Barrier Reef, supports incredibly diverse marine life and has more than 3,000 coral cays and reef systems. There are all kinds of ways to discover the Great Barrier Reef from Port Douglas. You can snorkel off the beach at the Low Isles just offshore or sail to the outer sections of the reef. If you prefer to stay on dry land, take a sightseeing road trip along the Great Barrier Reef Drive, which runs for 87 miles along the coast from Palm Cove to Cape Tribulation.

Daintree Rainforest

The World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest is the oldest rainforest in the world, and one of Australia’s most spectacular and diverse natural destinations. It’s home to soaring waterfalls, mountain ranges, lagoons, and dramatic gorges. Cruise down winding rivers, past countless species of birds as well as crocodiles in their natural habitat, and learn about the history of this unique part of the world from its traditional custodians, the Kuku Yalanji people.

Port Douglas Markets

This market is held every Sunday morning on the Port Douglas waterfront in a grassy park framed by palm trees. The market is a popular meeting spot where you can pick up interesting locally made wares, including colorful arts and crafts, handcrafted jewelry, and clothes, as well as delicious street food and local produce.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Port Douglas?

    Port Douglas has a tropical climate with year-round warmth. Summers (December to March) are hot and humid with frequent rain, with temperatures around 87°F (31°C). Winters (June to September) are drier and milder with temperatures around 78°F (26°C).

  • What are some of the best things to do in Port Douglas?

    Popular activities in Port Douglas include snorkeling or diving at the Great Barrier Reef, exploring the Daintree Rainforest, sunbathing at Four Mile Beach, and visiting the local Wildlife Habitat. Dining at local seafood restaurants also provides a taste of the region's cuisine.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Port Douglas?

    The most popular time to visit Port Douglas is during the dry season, from May to September. During this period, the Port Douglas Carnivale, a ten-day celebration of life in the tropics, and the Great Barrier Reef Marathon Festival frequently draw crowds.

  • What are the best places to stay in Port Douglas?

    Many visitors choose to stay in the town centre for easy access to restaurants, shops, and the marina. Four Mile Beach is popular for its beachfront accommodations, while the area around Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina attracts those interested in boating activities.

  • What are the best places to visit in Port Douglas?

    Visitors are drawn to the Great Barrier Reef, Daintree Rainforest, Four Mile Beach, and Mossman Gorge. The Wildlife Habitat and Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina are also popular places to visit.

  • What are some hiking trails in Port Douglas?

    The Mossman Gorge River Circuit and the Finch Bay Cooktown Track are two well-known trails in Port Douglas. The Bump Track, an historic trail through the Mowbray National Park, is another popular choice.

  • What are some family activities to do in Port Douglas?

    Families can explore the Wildlife Habitat for an interactive experience with Australian animals, venture through the Daintree Rainforest, or enjoy a day at Four Mile Beach. For a cultural experience, the Mossman Gorge Centre provides opportunities to learn about Indigenous history.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Port Douglas?

    Day trips from Port Douglas often include a boat tour to the Great Barrier Reef, a drive to the nearby Daintree Rainforest, or a visit to the Mossman Gorge. The Kuranda Scenic Railway also provides a unique journey through the rainforest.

  • Do villa rentals in Port Douglas have a bbq area?

    Absolutely! We offer over 30 villa rentals with a bbq area in Port Douglas. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

  • Are there family-friendly villa rentals in Port Douglas?

    Port Douglas has more than 70 family-friendly villa rentals. Amenities on the property may include high chairs, travel cribs, or strollers.

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