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Port Douglas Queensland

General Information
In 1873 the Palmer River Gold Rush was in full swing, encouraging prospectors to widen their search of the area. In 1876 James Venture Mulligan began to reap gold from the Hodgkinson River; a route was forged and later that same year ships began to arrive. The port town for the river was founded in 1877, and named Port Douglas in honour of the former Queensland Premier, John Douglas. The gold eventually declined and after a devastating cyclone in 1911 the town reduced significantly.

Today, the town proudly boasts a population of 4000 and a booming tourism industry. Visitors from all over the world come to appreciate the laid back village atmosphere and the unsurpassed natural attractions which surround the immediate area.

This is the only place on Earth where two World Heritage sites exist in the same location: the magnificent Daintree Rainforest, and the awe-inspiring Great Barrier Reef.

Port Douglas lies approximately 68km north of Cairns; at latitude 16.29S and longitude 145.27E. Flights from all over the world land at Cairns. The drive from Cairns along the Captain Cook Highway takes under an hour, and slices between some of the world’s most spectacular scenery of vibrant rainforest and iridescent tropical seas. The closest rail services terminate at Cairns.

Temperatures are comfortable throughout the year. The summer maximums reach 31C and dropping to a winter minimum of 26C. Comparative sea temperatures range from 28C down to 24C. Monsoonal rains tend to begin in November, dropping up to 90% of the annual rainfall before the end of May. The rains, or ‘green season’, have a dramatic effect on energising the surrounding rainforest but little or no hindrance on the activities and enjoyment of the region.

Within the town itself you will find art galleries, great shopping, world-class restaurants, and one of the globes favourite wedding venues: St Mary’s Church. You can relax on the sands of Four Mile Beach, or take a walk up to Flagstaff Hill and be rewarded with a spectacular panorama of the town and coastline.

As the nearest mainland town to The Great Barrier Reef, excursions to this amazing wonderland are plentiful. Similarly, there are plenty of fantastic options for some great fishing. In reflection to the reef, the spectacular Daintree Rainforest is only an hour’s drive from town. At a grand age of 140,000,000 years, it is the oldest living tropical rainforest on Earth; and also boasts World Heritage site status. The Mossman Gorge is perhaps the most popular attraction within the Daintree area, providing a real rainforest experience that is also easy to access. Other activities of the area include fantastic Aboriginal tours, and 4-wheel-drive safaris.

Further Information
For further information about Port Douglas, please visit our port douglas accommodation directory or for general information, visit this comprehensive port douglas australia web site.

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