Port Douglas: Yesteryear and Today

Port Douglas, Australia, is so beautifully stunning that it gives new meaning to the expression, heaven in earth. It has some of the best places to relax from rainforests to coral seas. It was a placed that was originally intended to service goldfields, and today it offers much more. From the Cairns airport it is only an hours drive to reach Port Douglas.

Port Douglas, gets it’s name from John Douglas, the Queensland Premier in 1877. It’s main purpose was to transport all the mined gold and bring in needed supplies. The wealth of Port Douglas, did not solely rely on the mined gold, however, as over the years silver, sugar cane and red cedar all became large contributors. In 1911 the gold and silver mining had a set back, and a cyclone came by turning Port Douglas into a fishing village. It remains a fishing village today.

There are many events and activities that will give you a little more insight to the fabulous history of Port Douglas. If you want a first hand experience of how the sugar milling process works you can visit the Mossman Sugar Mill. You can also go back to the year 1770 at the Cooktowns Discovery Festival. This festival is a celebration of Lt. James Cook and his landing on the Port. Cooktown Discovery is full of fun and excitement with authentic costumes, a gala ball, fire works and more.

Hotels and accommodations in Port Douglas are as varied as the travelers searching for them. Travelers searching for five star opulence in hotels or luxurious private houses can rest assure your desires can certainly be met. For those who enjoy modest accommodations with amenities can find condominiums, villas, apartments and motels for their holiday needs. More adventurous travelers who want to be right in the midst of the beautiful natural surrounds enjoy rainforest lodges, caravan parks or simply backpack during their stay.

There are also an abundance of actives in the Port Douglas area. Four Mile Beach offers fishing, snorkeling and swimming. Macrossan Street has shopping, restaurants and many after dark activities. There are also numerous beach towns very nearby to Port Douglas.