Port Douglas, Tropical North Queensland, Australia
Port Douglas was founded in 1877 as the port town for the Hodgkinson River Goldfields.
After a series of names such as as Terrigal, Island Point, Port Owen and Salisbury it was finally named Port Douglas in honour of former Queensland premier John Douglas.
Gold fever bought the population to 12,000. The industry grew. Thriving on tin, silver, sugarcane and logging for cedar trees. During this time a total of 27 hotels were established. The dray teams and stage coaches that serviced the goldfields made their way from the Port, down the beach (now Four Mile Beach) to the "Four Mile" mark which is now called Craiglee. From there they continued over "The Bump" and then onto the goldfields.
After the gold dwindled and the completion of the Cairns/Mareeba railway in 1893, this once booming town started to loose its people. The bad luck continued through to 1911, when a severe cyclone devastated much of the town. The industry became not much more than a fishing village and a gateway to ship sugar from the Mossman Central Mill until 1958.
By 1960 this once booming town ended up with a population of about 100 people.
In the early 1980's, Port Douglas started to boom again. This once forgotten little town became one of Australia's best kept secrets and became a popular destination for Australians to spend winter months or holiday throughout the year to visit the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef.
Port Douglas Today
Today the town boasts a population of around 4000 and a booming tourist industry brings visitors from all over the globe, drawn to the village of Port Douglas itself, and the many attractions close by.
Port Douglas is the nearest mainland town to the Great Barrier Reef and the world heritage rainforests of the Daintree and Cape Tribulation are at your doorstep making this a popular vacation destination for both Australian and overseas visitors.
Port Douglas offers a wide range accommodation choices to suit your budget, from 5 star exclusive resorts to hotels, motels, condominiums, villas, apartments, backpackers, caravan parks, luxury private homes and more.
Port Douglas is also renowned for its fine restaurants, world-class shopping facilities and wide sandy stretches of Four Mile Beach. This is somewhere to put your feet up and unwind. Walk on Four Mile Beach in the morning, cruise the Great Barrier Reef or visit the rainforest during the day then dine in one of the many famous restaurants in the evening.
A Truly Tropical Vacation Experience
Because of the warm weather, locals tend to dress casually for comfort. Leave your jackets or ties at home!
Port Douglas Weather Conditions
You can check the current weather conditions, weather forecasts and average monthly temperatures and rainfall by visiting this web cam page.
Port Douglas Web Cameras
Visit one of the following web cams for live images of Port Douglas:
Do you use a GPS? Would you like to download and install our "Sites of Port Douglas" points of interest file showing the locations of various points of interest including:
- Port Douglas Post Office
- Four Mile Beach
- the Port Douglas lookout
- Sunday markets
- Public boat ramp
- Shopping centres including Coles, Portico & the Marina
- the two famous Port Douglas pubs
- St Mary's By The Sea
- Police Station
- Old Sugar Wharf
- Port Douglas Surf Club
- and more.....
To download the file, right-click on the appropriate GPS link below:
Please note that we cannot provide technical advise as to how to install these files, please refer to your GPS user manual for instructions on how to add these POIs to your device. Alternativfely, you can manually add all or any one of the GPS coordinates by clicking on one of the CSV files above.
If you find these useful, let us know! If you would like to see other POIs on the file, please send your suggestions to us.