After decades of being a sleepy coastal town, Port Douglas was transformed into a tropical playground that is often visited by the rich and famous. However, Port Douglas has managed to retain its charm in spite of being a high-end resort hub. You won’t feel awkward wearing board shorts and t-shirts while strolling on the Four Mile Beach.
Port Douglas is a high-cost destination for tourists but if you are travelling on a budget, there are still a few things that you can enjoy for free or for a very minimal cost.
- Sunsets at Rex Smeal Park – there is always a good view of the sunset along the inlet but Rex Smeal Park at the very tip of Port Douglas peninsula is the most classic spot to watch the sun going down. It is the perfect place for picnics while you watch the reef boats coming in from day a day of exploring the Great Barrier Reef and yachts heading out for a sunset sail. The playground also provides more than enough room for kids to run around.
- Sunrise at Four Mile Beach – you do not need a credit card to enjoy Four Mile Beach. From sunrise to sunset, you can spend the day walking, cycling, making sandwiches, sunbathing, or swimming. The beach is huge and beautiful to enjoy all year round. During very low tides, you may get the chance to see some coral exposed towards the southern end.
- Downhill thrill at Bump Track – the 6-kilometre trail is located in the foothills behind Port Douglas. Riders who love a challenge can experience the 2-kilometre climb followed by a 4-kilometre up and down thrilling ride. The biggest downhill thrill in the region is a free adventure for all. The Bump track will also allow you to reconnect with nature. Hike up the hill to enjoy the view of The Coral Sea and Mowbray River.
- Hiking on Flagstaff Hill walking trail – the 1.5-kilometre trial provides a link between Four Mile Beach and Rex Smeal Park. Flagstaff Hill is just a short distance away from town and can be walked or driven to. Whichever option you choose, you will be treated to the same spectacular views of the Four Mile Beach, the surrounding mountains, and sea panorama. It is one of the best spots to watch the sunrise or the moon casting its glow over the waters of the Coral Sea.
- Hang out at the Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina – the iconic marina offers 135 berths for both permanent and visiting vessels. You can spend the day watching the ships coming in and going out. You can also take a stroll along the jetties and look at the superyachts. It is also a perfect place for your Instagram photos.
Your first-rate comfort and convenience are guaranteed by Cairns Port Douglas shuttle on your transfer from the Cairns Airport to the town of Port Douglas. It is the most efficient and cost-effective transport solution for families or large groups of travellers who want to explore Port Douglas. The highly recommended shuttle service can be booked online.