Anyone looking for a fantastic holiday by the coast should pay a visit to the lovely Port Douglas in Australia. Located in the state of Queensland this amazing area offers many exciting things for visitors to see and do. Here visitors will find numerous different places to stay including self catering accommodation, apartments and B&Bs.
Holidaymakers staying in Port Douglas can enjoy numerous activities and with the sea on the doorstep, watersports are especially popular here. The world renowned Great Barrier Reef is just minutes away and can be observed close up by diving and from the sky by taking a plane ride or sky diving. Other watersports available off Port Douglas include swimming, fishing, sailing, wind surfing and water skiing. There are beautiful sandy beaches for holidaymakers to relax on and soak up the sun. Golfers will be able o enjoy a round or two at the Mirage Golf Club, while tennis enthusiasts will find several courts situated in the area. Hiking, horse riding or cycling are great ways for holidaymakers to explore the area too. Port Douglas has some fine bars and restaurants as well as many stores and a Sunday market for self catering holidaymakers to buy food and drink from.
In addition to the Great Barrier Reef, Port Douglas is conveniently located close to some other brilliant tourist attractions. For example a very popular destination is Mossman Gorge, where tourists can see fruit orchards, art galleries and glass blowing studios. Daintree River is popular with visitors looking to see the crocodiles. The city of Cairns is about an hour and 10 minute’s drive further south and features many more attractions such as the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park as well as some wonderful sports stadia, Birdworld Kuranda, the Botanical Gardens and the Wildlife Safari Reserve.
This region of the country has a sub tropical climate with temperatures tempered by the sea. Average coastal temperatures range from 22 to 28 degrees centigrade in December and 14 to 21 degrees centigrade in July, although it can be more extreme inland away from the coast. Highest rainfall is experienced in February with an average of 130mm, whilst September is the driest month with just 36mm of rain on average.
Cairns Airport (CNS) is just over an hour’s drive from Port Douglas. Flights arrive in Cairns from various Australian cities and some international airports including Auckland (AKL), Brisbane (BNE), Hong Kong (HKG), Melbourne (MEL) and Sydney (SYD). Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Redspot and Thrifty are car rental firms located at Cairns Airport. Overseas visitors can fly to Sydney and get a connecting flight to Cairns. The airport at Sydney receives flights from various international airports including Beijing-Capital (PEK), London-Heathrow (LHW), Los Angeles (LAX), New York (JFK), Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG), Tokyo-Narita (NRT) and Toronto-Pearson (YYZ) amongst others.