9.0 out of 10

Port Douglas

Ranked 7th best suburb in Far North
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Great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Eating Out
  • Neighbourly Spirit
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Safe & Sound
Not great for
  • Parking
  • Nightlife
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Childcare
  • Cost of Living
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Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
Sep 11, 2012

"Port Douglas - Just Paradise"

There is no place quite like it! Living in Port - as the locals refer to it, is simply a dream come true. No traffic lights, no rush hour and each day starts with a walk on Four Mile Beach. From the highway turnoff to the centre of town (main street)Macrossan Street is approx 6km, I could never go back to living in a city.
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5/5
Jan 02, 2012

"Port Douglas Hot air balloon and Low Isles - magical"

Came for our honeymoon and brought all the mates, they loved it. We chartered a whole hot air balloon and the next day we chartered a boat to Low Isles, talk about a magical combination, none of the family or friends, have stopped talking about it. Port douglas is the best place for a honeymoon, great food, good shops, great beach, heaps to get out and do. Guess we will have to come back for each anniversary now.
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4/5
Feb 11, 2011

"Perfect Holiday Getaway"

Port Douglas is a magical holiday destination in North Queensland, north of Cairns. You will never ever know if you never ever go. Make sure you check it out at some stage its great lots to do!
3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
Aug 17, 2010

"holiday towns are not my cup of tea"

HeidiBergen
HeidiBergen Port Douglas has so many facets and has something for everyone. It is not only a holiday town, it is well located for getting away from it all and not setting eyes on another human being if you so wish. Bustling resorts, quiet holiday retreats, caravans, rainforest cabins, Coral Sea views , beaches and diving - Port Douglas and it's surrounding tropical area has something for everyone. You just need to look.
Sep 29, 2010
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
Jul 12, 2010

"More community spirit here than anywhere else I've been on the planet - and I've travelled alot."

People who live here choose to live here - very few local families have been here for generations, so the people who live here tend to have moved here by choice. We want to live here!

The Four Mile area, just one of the residential neighbourhoods of Port Douglas, has only a few holiday resorts or houses and this means that neighbours get to know each other. We all spend our time outside or on the beach so we know our neighbours and even socialise with out neighbours. Full moon is the best as there is usually an impromptu party on the beach!

Kids play outside or on the beach, they ride their bikes and feel secure as part of a community.

Other aspects of living in Port Douglas include having one of the best choices of restaurants per capita in the whole of Australia, one of the best beaches in the world, great weather most of the year and we love the fact that we are rarely ever cold. Yes, we do get used to the heat and become big sissies when it comes to getting cold. It is very relaxing.

I'd recommend living here to anyone - young or old.
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AdamS
AdamS Fantastic review, I couldn't agree more.
Jul 25, 2010
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Jul 11, 2010

"Come from Tokyo Japan,"

After visiting Port Douglas for a few times, I bought a unit for myself. I regularly visit there.
Every time I come to here I really think I did a good buy.
I love the place, town, neighbor towns, people, beach, sand, even trees!!
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Jun 22, 2010

"Peace on Earth"

I visited Port Douglas recently on my honeymoon, and I must say at 27 degrees everyday of the week in the middle of winter we could not have picked a better place to go and relax.
The word Paradise is thrown around a lot these days but there is no better word to describe this place it’s a gorgeous part of the world.
We stayed in the “Shantara Resort and Spa” only a hop skip and a jump from “Macrossan” Street, the main street in Port Douglas and it was wall to wall luxury, felt like it was costing me $1000 and hour to breath there but at $1,350 for a week’s stay I make this a MUST DO!
Majestic Pool and b.b,q area, friendly staff willing to meet your every whim and want, beautiful ultra modern interiors and facilities, gym, spa, massage this must be heaven.
Take a stroll down to the “Hub” in Macrossan street and sample any number of 5 star restaurants and cafes the food in this place is amazing! You can’t get a bad meal anywhere.
Very famous people such as ex American president Bill Clinton have eaten in these restaurants, look for their photos along with the Hollywood actors that have visited.
There is also so much to do out of town, with a drive down to “Mossman Gorge” you will discover peace on earth in the tropical rain forest that has been preserved and its pristine waters can be drank, its that’s clean! With Tarzan vines hanging from the tree canopy’s , waterfalls , rivers and the like this truly is a post card setting.

Other places to Google and visit include,

*The Great Barrier Reef
*Cape Tribulation
*Cairns
*Atherton Tablelands
*Palm Cove

While you’re in Port Douglas go down to the “Groper Bar” on the marina and order a bucket of fresh prawns ($18 with a free drink) and watch George the massive 200 kilo groper being fed at around 5:00pm daily it’s a great experience.
Another must do is the visit a shop called "Blood Orange" located in a street behind Macrossan street next to the Hertz car rental office, here you will find fresh homemade yogurts, exotic tropical fruits and fresh meat and vegies I visited this shop daily it is magnificent!
While driving into Port Douglas from Cairns international airport you will be surrounded and immersed in the Coral sea that borders the road in and out, there are so many beach’s in the area that most lay dormant and un inhabited, with palm trees leaning over the surf.....ahhhhhh its heaven on earth.

Adam Halacas
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Jun 05, 2010

"Port Douglas"

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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Jun 05, 2010

"Amazing place to live"

We recently moved to Port Douglas, it is an amazing suburb.
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Feb 16, 2010

"Enjoyed by tourists, loved by locals"

Port Douglas is a tourist hub for visitors to the famed Great Barrier Reef and World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest, yet with its friendly village atmosphere and low rise buildings, the town retains a casual and low key charm, and is a great place to live.

Shops, including supermarkets, dining, medical facilities, parks and recreational facilities, fab Four Mile Beach are within easy walking distance of most residences, or just a couple of minutes by car. Cairns is only an hour's drive away for more diverse shopping and a domestic and international airport. The tropical climate means year-round warmth, and green surrounds. If you love diving, golf, fishing, this is the place to be, and if you don't, you'll enjoy the fresh air, friendly but not intrusive community, and you'll feel secure. There's a mix of age groups and people from all over the world have settled happily here.

A great place to visit and a better place to live.
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mjo mjo
4/5
Dec 16, 2009

"Tropical weather, great beach (hence the name)"

Four mile beach is located just south of Port Douglas - amazing beach, with the golf course here also. Has a touristy feel... relaxing for holidays... would love to live here!
mjo mjo
5/5
Dec 16, 2009

"Tropical weather, great beach (hence the name)"

Four mile beach is located just south of Port Douglas - amazing beach, with the golf course here also. Has a touristy feel... relaxing for holidays... would love to live here!
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Nov 25, 2009

"Paradise has been found and re-named 'Port Douglas'"

Simply the best....this is a beautiful part of the world! From the moment you leave Cairns on the drive North you know you are going to a very special part of the world. From Oak Beach in the South to the Daintree National Park in the North and Julatten in the West. Natural features include the amazing 4-Mile Beach, The magical Mossman Gorge and the luxuries Low Isles. If you are thinking about making a Tree change or a Sea change call me..... David Cotton of Raine & Horne Mossman/Port Douglas on 0417 709 667.
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AdamS
AdamS Fantastic and honest review PortDouglas!

AJ
Nov 25, 2009
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
Oct 01, 2009

"Quite simply one of the best places to live on earth"

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PortDouglas
PortDouglas AJ.....I couldn't agree more.
Nov 25, 2009
AdamS
AdamS Thanks PortDouglas, as you can tell, I love Port!
Nov 25, 2009
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3/5
Sep 21, 2009

"Great lifestyle too expensive to live"

Port Douglas with its resorts and idylic location is perfect for that romantic getaway your week stay with the family. Although it is good for holidays and tourists not so good for people looking to purchase here as property is still quite high.

I guess being so close to Cairns make this an easy destination for tourists to visit when in Cairns.
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AdamS
AdamS 3 out of 5 are you joking?!?!? Port Douglas is one of THE most beautiful cities in Australia. To say it's anything less that 4 out of 5 is a bit harsh I think!
Sep 28, 2009
yingnyang
yingnyang Sure its a great place to visit AJ could not agree more. My question to you is would you live there permanently or invest in property in Port Douglas? The amount of mates i have lost money out that way..
Sep 29, 2009
AdamS
AdamS I actually do live in Port Douglas 3-6 months throughout the year and I would recommend it to anyone. The only reason I don't live up there permanently is because of work, but if I had the choice I would.

I just think a 3 out of 5 is a tough review based on investment quality that's all.

AJ
Sep 29, 2009
PortDouglas
PortDouglas Pete......Mate, I have sold and bought and sold and bought real estate in Port Douglas and surrounding areas over the past 10 years and lived in the area for 20 years. I am also a real estate agent in the area and I have seen heaps of clients do very well in investments over the years. I have also seen people do badly in their investments. It does not mean that Port Douglas is a bad place to invest or live. Investments made from solid advice and sound decisions usually do well. If you or your friends would like some of that knowledge on investing in Port Douglas and surrounding areas feel free to contact me...David Cotton, 0417 709 667 @ Raine & Horne Mossman/ Port Douglas
Nov 25, 2009
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5/5
Sep 09, 2009

"Port Douglas - great for holiday, couldn't afford to buy there."

Port Douglas is in tropical far north Queensland and is an hour’s drive from Cairns. Port Douglas is a gem of a town with the Daintree Rainforest as a back drop for the stunning waters of the Great Barrie Reef, so there are plenty of options when it comes to looking for thing to do. You can go on walks or guided tours of the rainforest and see many unique plants and birdlife or enjoy all the water sports this area has to offer. Luxury accommodation is available and there are Eco lodes as well. There are oodles of shopping, bars, café and restaurants as well as arts and crafts display, galleries and shops. If looking to buy property in Port Douglas be prepared to break open your piggy back and your children’s and your grandchildren’s.
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PortDouglas Although there some very, very expensive homes in Port Douglas I don't beleive it is that expensive to buy real estate in the town. For example you can buy a two bedroom apartment from $199,000 or a one bedroom from $125,000. If you are looking for a house you can buy a house and land package from $335,000. If your looking feel free to give me a call .. David Cotton on 0417 709 667 Raine & Horne Mossman / Port Douglas
Nov 25, 2009
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4/5
Sep 07, 2009

"A relaxed tropical town - nestled between the rainforest and reef"

Just 70 kilometres north of Cairns, Port Douglas is a laid back tropical town with some serious elements of style. The permanent population is quite low, at around 1500 people, but can quadruple in peak tourist times.

The climate is tropical and warm year round, with a wet season from around January to March every year.

Living options are plentiful, and centred around the sea. Beachfront villas (for high prices!) are available along the stretch of Four Mile Beach. There are modern homes near the marina, and of course sprawling Queensland villas amongst the rainforest.

The town has all of the essential facilities, and you are not too far from Cairns for bigger city needs.
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4/5
Feb 26, 2009

"Oh the lifestyle, what a place to go to."

Port Douglas is remembered by all that go there. For many years the locals tried to keep it a secret, but the secret is out now. Many a film star takes a break in Port Douglas. I guess they don't feel like they will get mobbed walking down the street because there aren't that many people to mob them!

It is a very popular town and it seems like everyone who goes north goes there to have a look. The locals are exceptionally friendly and it is the most laid back happy place you can think of.

There is all sorts of accommodation, from caravan parks to five star hotels. It is a seasonal place, basically from April to October. During that time there is alot of employment, but the other 5 months it is quite slow. Things don't pick up until the rainy season has finished and the southerners start going north in their droves.

The beach nearby is called Four Mile Beach so that tells you about it. The beaches are still protected by the Great Barrier Reef so there is no surf to speak of.

North of Port Douglas the roads start dropping to a lower grade, and at times are even washed away.
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PortDouglasQld Although this is a great location year-round, this time of year is particularly enjoyable in Port Douglas, with balmy days, pleasant nights, and the varied Port Douglas Carnivale activities about to commence.
May 10, 2010
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Best Streets in Port Douglas

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MacRossan St

3/5
"Macrossan Street in Port Douglas is amazing!"
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Endeavour St

3.5/5
"Established residential street in Reef Park, Port Douglas"
-16.5185785737 145.4590007158

Barrier St

3.5/5
"Beachside, Four Mile Beach"
-16.52025 145.46854
"Pleasant, winding avenue in established Port Douglas residential area"
-16.518995 145.463336