Find Deals For Your Stay
Join the Port Douglas Local Tourism Network!
Posted: 19 May 2016
I have stayed for 21 years at my home, I have seen over 7,665 sunrises and sunsets, seen the calmness of the ocean and survived Mother Nature’s extremes and cyclones. I am home to and provide protection for an amazing array of sea life, I am held strong with 10 moorings with a combined weight of 300 tons. I am Agincourt 3 reef activity platform and a pioneer of Great Barrier Reef and Queensland tourism. With 2 stories overlooking the reef and one below the water, at 50 metres long and weighing 120 tons I have left my home for the first time on the Great Barrier Reef and spent 30 hours being towed back to Cairns where I was designed and built. Here like lego, I will be pulled apart, and reassembled completely refurbished over the next 10 weeks before I return once again to Agincourt 3 Reef – my home. Over the years I have had the privilege of welcoming over 2 million visitors who have used the platform to see, experience and explore the wonders under the sea. I have seen famous people, Presidents and world leaders, guide dogs and kids in prams who have used the platform as their gateway to the reef. I am why so many people from every part of the world have been able to experience the reef – I provide safety, an ease of access and facilities that have enabled swimmers and non-swimmers, divers and wheelchair bound travellers to explore and gain an understanding of the importance of the protection of this wonder. I also provide a base for important scientific research. My best mate that visits me most days, the 45 metre wavepiercer Quicksilver VIII, is also having a major refurbishment. Tony Baker, Managing Director, the Quicksilver Group said “Agincourt 3 platform is the largest platform on the GBR and our flagship. The refurbishment will be in excess of $750,000 along with the $1 million refurbishment of the iconic Quicksilver VIII, we will continue to invest in our products to enable our guests to enjoy a premium reef experience. The Quicksilver Group is committed to providing a range of reef experiences for travellers that come each day to enjoy and explore the wonders of the GBR. I am sure when Agincourt 3 platform returns home she will once again see the silence of the seas, watch whales breach and see the coral spawn as the Great Barrier Reef lives and breathes around her”.
Posted: 19 May 2016
Happy Birthday Quicksilver VIII! We are excited to see our flagship vessel 45 metre Quicksilver VIII arrive in Cairns to undergo a 10 week extensive internal refurbishment along with her annual maintenance service. Built in Cairns and launched in April, 21 years ago we are preparing to give her an amazing 21st Birthday present. Over the next 70 days the entire inside will be gutted to start her refresh and to modernise with contemporary fittings and a new colour scheme by a local design company. Her facelift includes with new ceilings, walls, table tops, counters, bar area and even toilets. In addition we will have new carpets, LED lighting and larger TV’s throughout the vessel. Tony Baker, Quicksilver Group Managing Director said “The Quicksilver VIII upgrade will be an investment of $1 million in this iconic vessel and is the first of several major refurbishments we have planned for 2016. Over the past year we have seen an increase in visitor numbers and are focused on investing profits back into our fleet. One of the biggest winners of the Quicksilver’s Group investment is our local community. We will always use local companies where possible who understand our environment and can work alongside our engineering, workshop crew and staff implementing these changes and keeping our products to the standard of a five star reef operator. This reflects the Company’s commitment to showcasing our reef products, and it will ensure our passengers have the newest and best facilities available to enjoy their time at the Great Barrier Reef.”
Posted: 09 Apr 2016
Guests and guide (Bridget Lawton) having fun on the Daintree Dreaming Day Tour. Visits Mossman Gorge, Cooya Beach with Kuku Yalanji Cultural Habitat Tours Connect with the oldest living rainforest and living culture on the planet on this fun, exclusive day tour from Cairns and Port Douglas
Travel The Bama Way and experience Tropical North Queensland through the eyes of the people who have been its custodians for tens of thousands of years. A journey from Cairns to north of Cooktown, a journey along story-lines through coastal mangroves, rich rainforest and hilltop Savannah. We want...
dAINTREE RIVER CRUISE WITH RETURN TRANSPORT STARING FROM $ 60.00 PER PERSON ! We pick you up from your hotel in one of our 12 or 14 seat bus, within 50 minutes from Port Douglas we will have you at the boat pick up point Journey the Daintree River spotting untamed wildlife on a tranquil, c...
Lady Douglas can take you searching for crocodiles on an idyllic calm water river cruise through the mangrove wetlands near to Port Douglas. Each cruise includes both an exploration far up Dickson Inlet and a cruise to the inlet entrance. An entertaining commentary covers mangroves, crocodiles an...
About Port Douglas
A Brief History of Port Douglas
Originally established in 1877 as a link to the Hodgkinson gold fields, the port (named "Island Point" and then "Port Owen") quickly grew to accommodate the increasing trade brought by the gold rush. The dray teams and stage coaches that serviced the goldfields made their way from the Port, down the beach (now Four Mile Beach) to the "Four Mile" mark which is now called Craiglee. From there they continued over "The Bump" and then onto the goldfields.
By 1882 the port had been renamed "Port Douglas" and declared a Port of Entry for Dutiable Goods.A courthouse, police barracks ( for 30 troopers ), warehouses and hotels were built and the population rose to over 8000. However the decision to build a railway -providing all weather access - from the goldfields to Cairns saw the trade (and fortunes) go south.
The sugar industry had become firmly established by 1897 and the opening of the Mossman mill saw the focus of any development move from Port Douglas to the town of Mossman.
On August 1st, 1900 the tramline from south Mossman to Port Douglas was opened. The 2ft, narrow gauge tramway was to transport passengers, goods & bagged sugar between Mossman and the wharf at Port Douglas. The original loco -"Faugh a Ballagh" meaning "Clear the Way" in Gaelic carried more than 23,000 passengers over 5,800 miles in it's first year.
The "Faugh a Ballagh" continued to serve the Port until April 1958 when the Mossman mill received permission to transport sugar by road. After the last bag of sugar was unloaded at the wharf that day, the "Faugh a Ballagh" was returned to the Mossman depot and retired.
Today the restored Locomotive is on display by the Marina Mirage.
Picturesque Port Douglas has become an international holiday mecca with classy five star to budget accommodation, shops, galleries, and enticing restaurants. In this sophisticated yet laid back tropical paradise you can play golf, shop in world class specialty shops and dine in exquisite tropical ambience. Or simply relax on beautiful Four Mile Beach.
With a permanent population of about 3500, this laid-back town comes to life in the winter months as visitors from around Australia and the world come to enjoy the mild winter weather and all Port Douglas has to offer. With the Great Barrier Reef on the doorstep, and the Daintree Rainforest in the backyard, you will be inspired by the amazing array of nature and wildlife. The tropics are a feast for the senses; the sights, sounds and tastes; you will never want to leave!
Cruise, dive and fishing boats depart daily for reefs, islands and cays, while day tours and safaris cover the coastal and inland regions. There's a unique rainforest habitat where you can experience life in a tropical forest at birdseye level, observing native wildlife from treetop walkways. Australian wildlife is as diverse as the landscape and Tropical North Queensland is home to many of Australia's unique species. Nature lovers are spoilt for choice in the Wet Tropics, with rainforest walking tracks, refreshing waterfalls and hidden creeks.
The Great Barrier Reef is just 13 kilometres (8 miles) off-shore, affording excellent access. The north's first Outer Barrier Reef cruises from Port Douglas in the early 1980's hastened the rebirth of the sleepy village of Port Douglas. Sharing the same tropical latitude as Tahiti, Port Douglas attracts visitors for its superb climate, enticing resorts, wide tree-shaded streets, international cuisine and accessibility to world class attractions.
As well as the Great Barrier Reef & Daintree Rainforest, Port Douglas is ideally located for day trips to Cape Tribulation, Mareeba and the Atherton Tablelands. Some of the most enticing resorts in the world are to be found around this seaside village and its lush coastal hinterland. At nearby Mossman Gorge you'll discover rainforest walking tracks and refreshing swimming holes. North, between the long sandy beaches and mist-capped mountains, are more well-concealed resorts, lodges and hostels, also sugar, fruit, tea and coffee plantations, a rainforest theatre, walking tracks and mangrove boardwalks.
Holiday accommodation in Port Douglas is available to meet all expectations and budgets: Including luxury resorts, rainforest retreats, self-contained family apartments, campgrounds, backpacker hostels and budget accommodation.
Offering the ultimate selection of Tropical North Queensland day trips, Port Douglas is an ideal base for Scuba diving, snorkelling or fishing on the Great Barrier Reef, exploring the Daintree Rainforest and River, or sailing away over the Coral Sea.
Port Douglas time is G.M.T + 10 hrs. (There is no daylight savings in Queensland).
Port Douglas Location
Port Douglas Location · Latitude 16'29' S - Longitude 145'47' E
Situated approximately 1 hour drive north of the Cairns International Airport, in Tropical North Queensland.