Why Port Douglas should be on your visit list for 2019
Tom Hanks loves this North Queensland town
- byAmy Mills
IT might be the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest but Port Douglas has once again become an idyllic tropical getaway in its own right.
Attracting a slew of celebrities from Mick Jagger to Tom Hanks at the height of its popularity, this Far North Queensland 1980s hot spot is enjoying a renaissance, thanks, in part, to a chic $43 million refurbishment of the Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort and its burgeoning food scene.
With its glorious weather – even in winter it hovers around 25 degrees - palm-fringed shores, native wildlife, focus on local culture, boutique shopping on Macrossan Street and world-famous natural wonders like the pristine Mossman Gorge at its doorstep, Port Douglas, an hour’s drive north of Cairns, is a traveller’s dream.
A vibrant food bowl due to its fertile soils and abundance of seafood, the town has a slew of cafes and fine dining options such as the hatted Harrisons and local institution Nautilus. Gastro Brewpub, Hemingway’s, is a perfect spot for a brew and a stone-fired pizza of an afternoon while a sunset cocktail at waterfront bar Barbados, overlooking Dickson’s Inlet at the Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina, is a must.
Port Douglas is also home to a vibrant artisan market, held every Sunday morning from 8am to 2pm at Market Park, where locals and tourists can grab a coffee and browse the selection of stalls selling art, clothes, produce and jewellery while listening to tunes provided by local musicians and soaking up those laid-back, Far North Queensland vibes.
Amy MillsAn experienced freelance journalist and travel writer, Amy has worked in newspapers and magazines in Australia and the United Kingdom for the past 18 years. Based in Queensland, Amy enjoys sharing must-visit secret spots from her adventures around the world.
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