What do you call a 4-mile beach without a spade on its head?

Image of Steve at helm of Sailaway sunset cruise, Port Douglas, North Queensland Australia
Steve (Skipper, owner, & very nice chap) at helm of Sailaway on the sunset cruise, Port Douglas

Answer: Port Douglas

An old joke the Douglas (dug-less) one, and probably more funny if you’ve had a nice glass of wine (which I’d had when I wrote that).

I want to do a ‘while I am here’ post about lovely Port Douglas in Tropical North Queensland.

Now I won’t even pretend to know everything that there is to do and see here in Port Douglas, but lucky for me I don’t have to, as the lovely people at Tourism Port Douglas already have that covered. You can even follow them (hello Chelsea!) on Twitter here @PortDouglas_Aus

But what I can tell you is what we’ve done since arriving in Port Douglas last week:

Image of 4-mile beach Port Douglas, North Queensland Australia
4-mile beach Port Douglas, North Queensland, on a busy day!
  • 4-Mile beach needs a mention. I don’t know if it’s exactly 4 miles long (I assume it is) but however long it is though it’s really stunning. I could try and describe it but this photo to the right does the job pretty nicely I reckon.
  • There are tons of great restaurants here. Best food we’ve had so far was (twice!) at Salsa
  • For a sunset drink with a difference go see George… George is a HUGE Grouper fish that comes for his tea every day at 5 o’clock at On the Inlet bar and restaurant
  • If you’re feeling romantic St Marys by the sea is a cute chapel by a little beach
  • As a major ‘gateway’ to the Great Barrier Reef jump on a boat and head out to the Low Isles or the Outer Reef for a day of snorkelling, glass bottom boat tours, and diving. There are lots of different options from a jet boat out to snorkelling sites, to a huge industrial looking catamaran laden with tourists (that would be Quicksilver). We opted for the absolutely fantastic Sailaway – a luxury catamaran taking small groups out to the Low Isles. With ages on board ranging from 6 months (that one belonged to me!) to 60s it’s an option for all but not all at once (max 33 passengers).
  • Shop at the Port Douglas Sunday markets – things I spotted: locally grown veg including the ‘sausage plant’ (like a squash apparently), locally grown coffee, gourmet chocolate, massages, driftwood framing services, super cute handmade childrens clothes, Mossman grown pineapples, ‘bean’ jewellery, carved coconut heads (!), natural soaps and lotions. You name it you could probably buy it here.
  • Enjoy Carnivale! We timed our visit to coincide with the Port Douglas Carnivale which is 10 days of fun events, shows, parades, fun days, exhibitions, sport, food, music and frivolity. Here’s all the info on Carnivale to see what you’re missing.
  • Head out for a sunset cruise. We went on Sailaway again for this. It’s such a stunning boat only matched by the amazing sky. The canapes & champagne not bad either 🙂
  • Image of Lucy on horseback on Wonga Beach, North Queensland Australia
    Lucy on horseback on Wonga Beach, North Queensland
  • Horse riding on nearby Wonga beach was fantastic. So incredible cantering along a vast, empty beach with rainforest on one side and knowing the Great Barrier Reef is on the other.
  • Spotted a few more Crocs on a Daintree River Cruise. If you’re lucky you might see ‘Fat Albert’ (we did!). Loved the quiet Solar Whisper boat with its ‘Croc Cam’.
  • The Discovery Centre in the Daintree will tell you all you need to know about what’s growing in the Rainforest and get you close up to (and above!) it.
  • Breakfast with the Birds at the Rainforest Habitat was great fun (and yummy). Thought this was really well done, and a great fun place for small people. More crocs here too 🙂

And this is barely 1/10th of what you can do here.

There’s almost 100 tours that leave Port Douglas every day, and add to that bike hire, walks, shopping, eating, the beach, more things to do nearby in the Daintree and Cape Tribulation and you might need a month or more!

Hmm, I wonder… do I need to leave just yet…

One Response to “What do you call a 4-mile beach without a spade on its head?”

  1. Chelsea says:

    Great post Lucy, at least now your readers can finally understand what you are tweeting about when you mention George!

    For someone who was here only a short while, you certainly fit in an action packed schedule! Now I’m getting jealous and I live here!

    So great to have a tweetup too! One day when I can bare the cold I’ll go back to the UK and return the favour.

    Enjoy the rest of your trip!
    Chelsea 🙂

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