Port Douglas is a mecca for backpackers looking for the ideal tropical north Queensland experience, where from the moment you arrive you are greeted with a palm fringed sun kissed beaches that are lapped by azure blue ocean waters and a coastal town that is small enough to be laid back and relaxed yet offers a host of its own attractions to keep all backpacker completely entertained. From the Marina Mirage with its shops, boutiques, cafes, restaurants and bars that overlooking the Coral Sea to the beautiful foreshore that lines the front strip, Sunday markets, nightlife and surrounding attractions, it is no wonder why Port Douglas attracts so many backpackers each year.
Located just one hour’s drive north from Cairns, Port Douglas is easily accessible by car or coach or you can choose to fly into Cairns where you arrange the rental of your own hire vehicle and take the scenic route along the Cook Highway. Once here you will find palm tree lined beaches, beautiful rainforests just waiting to be explored and a coastal community that is based along Four Mile Beach which is an attraction within itself.
There are some great hostels that provide well kept and clean dorm room accommodation for backpackers to stay and offer communal kitchens, TV room, laundry and more for you to utilise during your stay. The friendly staff are always on hand to assist you with anything that you need to book and organise and many of the hostels are all close to the entertainment and action so that you will never have far to walk to get to where you want to go! From your hostel all tours can pick you up directly from the front door and take you away to many world class attractions that you can fill your days with. You can also choose from the many other types of hostels and guest houses such as caravan park, budget accommodation, self contained cabins, apartments and resorts that are scattered throughout the town if you wish to stay in something a little different than a hostel.
Visit the Daintree and Cape Tribulation, Cape Tribulation, take a cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef for a day snorkelling and scuba diving or simply laze around the pool at your hostel accommodation. With plenty of eating, drinking and shopping combined with some of the state’s finest world class attractions right on your doorstep, you simply cannot go past the opportunity to visit Port Douglas. Come nightfall hit the pubs, bars and nightclubs in the town where live bands and great music can be enjoyed and dance the night away.
During the day and into the night, Port Douglas serves up a host of things to see and do for all backpackers to enjoy, that you are definitely going to need more than just a couple of days to see and do it all in. Plan to stay a while, kick back and relax in serenity and experience the host of attractions and activities that this coastal community provides. Whether you are looking for a holiday filled with water sports, fun in the sun and adventure or a stopover to revive the senses, backpackers who come to Port Douglas fall in love with the town immediately.
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