The Port Douglas must do: 4 mile beach
If you’ve ever seen it, the magnificence of 4 Mile Beach speaks for itself. A blue-green ocean reaching to the horizon. Clean, flat sand stretching as far as the eye can see. Gentle but crisp waves tapping rhythmically as they roll in and break on the beach. A hot sun making sand and sea shine. Palms trees leaning lazily towards the ocean and creating a cooling shade…..Yes, if you’ve seen it, the famous Port Douglas beach has its own voice. But if you haven’t seen it, here’s your chance. Watch as this camera pans up and down the beach, looks through the palms and out over the ocean. Watch this camera capture the idyllic nature of this spectacular coast in FNQ.

Afternoon cruise to the Low Isles

“Yes, but the winds come up in the afternoon on the ocean,” I said in response to a suggestion we take an afternoon cruise to the Low Isles.

“But you have to see the sunset,” my cousin said.

To be fair, the winds were stirring the waters morning and afternoon, so visibility would be reduced and the quality of the snorkelling on the reef would be compromised. We booked an afternoon cruise with Sailaway out of Port Douglas marina.

It was liSailaway to Low Isleske driving on a bumpy road all the way out to the mooring just off Heritage Island. The captain worked hard. The coral cay was below us and we were keen to explore. Geared up, we sank into the blue water with eyes wide open. We’d been told about the reef sharks and we wanted to see one. Token efforts were made to stay with the main group because it was too much fun exploring underwater alone.

As predicted, visibility was limited to perhaps 4metres. From the surface, the coral was pale and the colours watery. But when I dove down and hung suspended within a metre or so, the colours of the coral and there fish were vibrant. Amazing. And to think government policies treat such beauty with disregard. It saddened me as I marvelled at the beauty a few metres below the surface.

Just as I turned to face a large school of fish I thought to swim into it. Two slow kicks with my fins and then I stopped. Equally unhurried was a reef shark. Perhaps a metre and a half…a metre and a half from my goggles. Its languid movements conveyed a sense of calm and confident control of its domain. The shark had 100% of my attention. It paid me no heed at all. Zero attention.

I caught up with my friend to tell my story. Then came a call to finish up and return to shore. As we started to swim away, there was a stingray snuggled into the sand at the bottom. As we approached, it darted away.

We splashed in the shallow water and then boarded the small, glass-bottomed run-about that took us back to the yacht where wine and wonderful food were laid out.

We’d had a good swim and snorkel didn’t know the best was yet to come.

On the sail home, we sat up near the skipper to watch him steer us up and over the swell. As on the outward journey, he was working hard and having fun. We rode the swell up and down and sometimes through it – to our drenched delight.

As we bounced and rolled and splashed our way back to Port Douglas, the sun was setting in front of us. With the swell near shore reduced and the sun below the ridge, the mood changed. Suddenly calm. It was nature’s closing time and the afternoon felt complete. With weary bodies, joyous spirits and full smiles, we said our thank you and wandered along the wharf for one last drink before heading home.

Yet another full and fun day in Port Douglas!

The Port Douglas Bucket List

Now this has got to be one of the most difficult “bucket lists ” to ever put together, there is just so much to see and do in the town let alone the region.

Lets have a try…

  1. Get out on the great barrier reef, scuba or snorkel on the outer reef with Calypso.
  2. Sunset cruise to the low isles with Sailaway
  3. Swim at Mossman Gorge
  4. Evening sunset picnic on Rex Smeal park
  5. A game of golf at either the links or Mirage country club course
  6. Visit the Sunday Port Douglas Markets and meet Pla at Play Love Alive
  7. Take on a day trip up to the Daintree and Cape Tribulation
  8. An early morning walk along the legendary 4 Mile Beach
  9. Go up to Flagstaff hill and take in the views
  10. Enjoy a helicopter trip out to Mossman Gorge, over port Douglas village and out to the reef and back.

And thats only some of it, a visit to the cooler climate Julaten, the Mossman Markets, Wonga Beach, Crocodile spotting on the Port Douglas Inlet or a visit to Hartleys plus the numerous other activities over the Daintree, Whatever Port DOuglas is the ideal place to launch your Far North Queensland holiday

For all of these activities and more visit: Port Douglas Tour Desk

Port Douglas Markets are on every Sunday at Anzac Park from 8am to around 1pm and offer a delightful mix of local art, craft, souvenirs and fresh produce..

In 1998 the then Port Douglas Council decided that the Port Douglas Sunday Market would be a “Cotters Market”, thereby ensuring that goods offered for sale were made by the stallholder.Wander down the central shopping precinct at Macrossan Street and you will be amazed simply by the variety, quality and volume that will delight for hours of browsing or buying. The location is picturesque with the mountain ranges and Coral Sea in the background. Established almost 25 years ago, Port Douglas Sunday Markets provide locally produced food, fruit and veggies as well original arts and crafts, jewellery, pottery, tropical clothing, fruit and vegetables, glassware, books, homemade foods, unique Australian goods, souvenirs and more

The markets are a great place to find scores of interesting items. Locals come from all over the Far North to sell their products to inquisitive tourists and locals alike. Here you’ll find .

From the sprawling seaside Port Douglas markets every Sunday morning to specialty Port Douglas shopping boutiques, leisure retail stores and Port Douglas art galleries, shopping in Port Douglas will be hard to resist! Whether you’re searching for new swimwear, locally made and exclusive artwork, jewellery, designer clothing, or just a small souvenir.

Boutiques, souvenir shops and Indigenous arts and crafts abound side by side with designer labels.  You’ll be entertained as well as intrigued by the goods on display at the local markets with a chance to go home with a souvenir bought direct from the maker.

If you want to venture further afield and have a keen interest on local produce, the Mossman Markets are the place to be.  Located under the canopy of the awe-inspiring rain trees and next to the historic St. David’s Anglican church, here you will meet the locals who have been farming and living in this region for generations. Purchase giant exotic fruits, vegetables and lush herbs and spices – all grown with the help of the tropics.  Here, the earlybird catches the worm, so make sure you get here before midday every Saturday.

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Mossman Markets – held every Saturday

The Mossman Markets are held every Saturday morning under the shade of towering raintrees in park area of the historic St. David’s Church Mossman just 15 minutes north of Port Douglas.

Come along to the Mossman Markets and purchase fresh local produce straight from the farm or local hobbyist, from the shores of the ocean to the Atherton Tablelands and you will be amazed at what you will see. It’s where the locals shop. There are many stalls with beautiful local organic produce including tropical and exotic fruits, coffee that Australia produces, vegetables and herbs and spices and handcrafted items. Come enjoy this relaxed country market with locals and visitors positioned under the shady canopy of the huge Raintrees and next to the historic St David’s Church Mossman in Far North Queensland just 15 minutes north of Port Douglas.

If you want to mingle with the locals and understand just how diverse this part of the country is, this is the market for you. There are cake stalls, hand made children’s clothing, plants and lovely arts and crafts and you can relax with a massage afterwards. More at www.DiscoverPortDouglas.com

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At the Port Douglas Carnevale me and my friends will showcase the ” Do what you love ” brand by including food in showing just what we love.

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Do come and say hello, I look forward to meeting you because I’m the happy hippy boho !!

Port Douglas for a week

  1. Get out on the great barrier reef, scuba or snorkel on the outer reef with Calypso.
  2. Sunset cruise to the low isles with Sailaway
  3. Swim at Mossman Gorge
  4. Evening sunset picnic on Rex Smeal park
  5. A game of golf at either the links or Mirage country club course
  6. Visit the Sunday Port Douglas Markets and meet Pla at Play Love Alive
  7. Take on a day trip up to the Daintree and Cape Tribulation
  8. An early morning walk along the legendary 4 Mile Beach
  9. Go up to Flagstaff hill and take in the views down 4 mile beach
  10. Enjoy a helicopter trip out to Mossman Gorge, over port Douglas village and out to the reef and back.