Destination guide

Paradise at Port Douglas holiday homes to rent

Its population is tiny, but year-round visitors make this port town burst with lively energy. With tropical weather and stunning beaches, plus the Great Barrier Reef practically at your doorstep, Port Douglas is pure paradise. And when you need a break from the water, head a few dozen clicks north to explore the awesome Daintree Rainforest, a rare tropical jungle with sandy shores and a huge range of biodiversity. Port Douglas vacation rentals offer beachfront houses and villas where you can sprawl in spacious surrounds, and cosy cottages or apartments if you'd rather spend your moolah on experiences.

Things to do

Tourist attractions near Port Douglas holiday rentals

You might recall from geography class that the Great Barrier Reef is the largest in the world. Dive in with a snorkel or take a helicopter tour to feast your eyes on the colourful coral and tropical fish. You'll probably be spending a lot of time at Four Mile Beach, which is just as perfect as it sounds. The aquamarine Coral Sea and wide beaches make this a premium place for water activities like kite surfing, swimming and sailing. Drive an hour up the coast to the Daintree Rainforest, where you can zipline and take a canopy tour.


What to do near Port Douglas holiday homes

At the northern tip of the peninsula, Macrossan Street is the ace place for yummy food, fun souvenirs and lively pubs. The seafood here is top notch, so sample some scallops and tiger prawns, and get your daily vitamin dose with tropical mangoes and pineapples. For some sports, it's a breeze to find a golf course and tennis courts near most Port Douglas vacation rentals, and when you wanna explore, you can rent mountain bikes or saddle up for a horseback riding tour. And of course, the Coral Sea begs you to swim in its blissfully warm and crystal clear waters.


Local weather near Port Douglas holiday homes

If you're booking Port Douglas vacation rentals during dry monsoon season, which is May to September, be ready for crowds. The idyllic tropical weather is hot and dry, with refreshing breezes that make perfect sailing and kite-surfing conditions. Temps are in the mid to upper 20s during winter, autumn and spring. The flip side of high season is the wet monsoon, which brings heavy rain from January to March. That's also when it's hottest, around 30 degrees, but the temperature doesn't vary too much from month to month.

Natural highlights

Look but don't touch; them's the rules of the Reef

While Port Douglas is indeed a spectacular destination itself, the geographical highlight of this area is the Great Barrier Reef. Here's a fun fact about the reef: it's the world's biggest single structure made of living organisms. These corals support unfathomable amounts of marine life, including tropical fish, whales, dolphins, sea turtles, sea snakes, crocodiles, mollusks and, of course, birds. So many birds. This sensitive ecosystem is a crucial habitat and 1 of the world's 7 wonders, so always respect the preservation rules and choose a high-standard tour guide when you're exploring.

How to get there

Transport options to and around Port Douglas

Fly into Cairns, QLD (CNS-Cairns Intl.), the closest airport, located 33.3 mi (53.6 km) from the city centre.

Family friendly

Family-friendly activities near Port Douglas holiday rentals

Port Douglas has an array of family-friendly attractions to explore. Holiday homes are available near places like Wildlife Habitat, an interactive zoo with guided encounters of koalas, kangaroos, birds, reptiles and more, and Bally Hooley Steam Railway, a historic narrow-gauge railway with excursions in vintage locomotives. You’ll also like the Rainforest Habitat Wildlife Sanctuary, a lush sanctuary with exotic birds, mammals and reptiles.

Good for couples

Couple's retreat near Port Douglas holiday homes

Couples can enjoy plenty of romantic sightseeing experiences in Port Douglas. Holiday homes are available near locations like the Trinity Bay Lookout, a vantage point with a dramatic view of the beaches and Coral Sea, and Rex Smeal Park, a picturesque park with open, grassy areas, palm trees and unobstructed views of the water. You’ll also like Rainforestation Nature Park, a park within a nature reserve with lush tropical gardens and outdoor barbecue areas.

Where to stay near Port Douglas?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 610 holiday rentals near Port Douglas. From 239 Houses to 118 Villas, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Port Douglas for a long holiday or a weekend break is on HomeAway.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Port Douglas?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday homes near great places in Port Douglas. From HomeAway travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Four Mile Beach Park: 616 holiday rentals
  • Sugar Wharf: 636 holiday rentals
  • Wildlife Habitat: 616 holiday rentals
  • Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina: 634 holiday rentals
  • St Mary's by the Sea Chapel: 636 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Port Douglas listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Port Douglas?

Yes, of course. HomeAway offers 239 Houses in Port Douglas. Our other popular types of Port Douglas holiday rentals include:

  • Villas: 118 holiday houses
  • Condos/Apartments: 186 holiday houses
  • Bungalows: 7 holiday houses

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Cottages and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Port Douglas?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 530 holiday homes with pool available in Port Douglas. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.