Beaches in Port Douglas
The first thing that comes to mind for most people when thinking about Port Douglas is long white sandy beaches with a calm blue ocean lapping on the shore.
The vision of paradise is what you can expect to see when you arrive in this coastal village, with the beach only a 5 minute walk away from the main Port Douglas district. You can also take your trip a little further down the road to the picturesque Palm Cove.
Another beach option is to take a day trip out to the islands and enjoy the pristine beaches while you can also snorkel the reefs and avoid stingers! Read our guide below on Four Mile Beach and other Port Douglas beaches below.
Beaches in Port Douglas
Four Mile Beach
Four Mile Beach is considered the premier beach of Port Douglas, beginning at the northern rocky headland and continuing for four more miles without any buildings or construction interrupting the pristine views.
Listen to the palm trees in the breeze as you walk along four miles of white sandy beach without a hint of civilisation in sight. Perfect for lazing in the sun on the warm sand, swimming in the calm waters of the Coral Sea, or gazing along the coastline with views of both amazing ocean and rainforest in sight.
Watch the sailboats go by from the shore, go snorkeling along the rocky reefs, have a bite to eat in one of the many restaurants in walking distance of the beach, or take in the views at Flagstaff Hill Lookout. See our Four Mile Beach picture tour to see the beauty yourself...
Whilst Four Mile Beach curves around one side of Port Douglas there is Dickson Inlet nestled on the other side with a protected harbour and marina. Located here is a small beach which is great for a refreshing swim and paddle about.
Palm Cove is located 45 minutes south of Port Douglas but is well worth the scenic drive. As the name suggests Palm Cove is a beautiful stretch of beach lined with Palm Trees, making it a very population destination for couples wishing to say “I do” on the sand. Once here you can relax on the beach, enjoy a fantastic selection of dining options or stay the night at one of the luxury five star beachfront hotels.
Four Mile Beach is exposed to dangerous jellyfish from October through to May, and it is advised that you avoid swiming in the ocean during the active Stinger Season. The northern end of the beach utilises a stinger net enclosure during the season where it is safe to swim within.
Port Douglas Beachfront Accommodation
Beachfront accommodation is plentyful in Port Douglas. You can choose from luxury 5 and 6 star resorts, backpackers hostels and motels for the budget conscious, apartments with uninterrupted beach views, and numerous luxury holiday homes. Take a look at our fantastic Port Douglas accommodation choices.