Written by Leah Johnson
Located just over 400km north of Townsville (approximately a 5.5 hour drive), is the beautiful and relaxing Port Douglas. With a population of around 3200 residents, Port Douglas has become a well known tourist destination with its easy access to the Great Barrier Reef.
We chose to stay at the Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple & Spa however booked our rooms through the Discover Queensland website (http://www.discoverqueensland.com.au/properties/sea-temple-port-douglas.php).
The drive up...
The perfect halfway stop is Mission Beach and our favourite place for a break and lunch is Bibesia Restaurant and Cocktail Bar at Castaways Resort and Spa (https://castaways.com.au/mission-beach-restaurant/). This restaurant offers al fresco dining in true tropical style overlooking the beach.
On our first night, we went to the Moonlight Cinema which is an outdoor cinema so you can watch a movie under the stars. The cinema season runs from approximately June to October each year and you can utilise your Cinebuzz membership cards to earn points. Prices, sessions and information are on their website: https://www.moonlight.com.au/port-douglas/program/
On our second night, we did a sunset sail with Sailaway Port Douglas (http://sailawayportdouglas.com/product/luxury-sunset-sail/) which is an adults-only, 1.5 hour sail departing and returning to the Port Douglas Marina. The price included a welcome drink (beer, wine, cider or softdrink) and hot/cold canapes whilst we relaxed taking in views of the Coral Sea. Additional drinks were available for purchase and there was great music/ambience.
Take a stroll...
A walk along Four Mile Beach (https://www.portdouglastravel.com/region-guide/things-to-do/scenery-nature/four-mile-beach.87.html) and a walk or drive up to the Flagstaff Hill Lookout (https://www.experienceoz.com.au/en/port-douglas/flagstaff-hill/flagstaff-hill-lookout) are great things to do after breakfast one morning or as an easy afternoon activity
Dine in the Rainforest...
On our third night, we went to Flames of the Forest which is Australia’s only rainforest dining experience (http://www.flamesoftheforest.com.au/) combining local produce and beautiful rainforest views. We chose the Rainforest Dining Experience which comprised of a six course tropical tasting menu with matching wines and pick up/drop off to our hotel. The ‘restaurant’ is under a black, silk-lined marquee with handmade chandeliers and a solo guitarist for entertainment. A truly magical experience.
Low Isles Day Tour
On our final day, we did the Low Isles Day Tour through Quicksilver Group (https://wavedancerlowisles.com/sailing-the-great-barrier-reef/) which comprised of a one hour sail from Port Douglas, morning tea/lunch/afternoon tea, a reef presentation, glass bottom boat coral viewing, guided snorkelling, biologist-guided beach walk and stinger suit use. With limited numbers, this tour offered a relaxing and informative way to experience the beauty and history of the Low Isles and it's lighthouse.
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