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Port Douglas - known in the past as Salisbury, Port Owen, Terrigal, or Island Point - is one of the most popular coastal towns in Australia. This is because it is close to both the oldest rainforest, Daintree Rainforest, as well as the largest reef system, the Great Barrier Reef, in the world. When you’re not being amazed by the splendour of the surrounding natural wonders, Port Douglas serves as an ideal base camp. Prebook your car hire with Enjoy Travel to explore Port Douglas and its surrounding attractions with ease.

Guide to Port Douglas


The town overlooks the Coral Sea in Queensland, Australia. It was named after John Douglas, the former Premier of the state.

Climate in Port Douglas

It’s almost always warm and humid in this subtropical part of Australia. The rainy season is from January to March, with the heaviest downpours being in February. Ideally, you should visit between April and June, when it’s relatively cooler and drier.


Port Douglas was established after James Mulligan struck gold at Hodgkinson River, but the town is now known for a different kind of treasure!

Things to do in Port Douglas

Hike through Daintree Rainforest

The Daintree Rainforest is about 180 million years old. That makes it even older than the Amazon. Go for a guided walk through the rainforest with one of the Kuku Yalanji, an Aboriginal tribe native to Queensland. The rainforest is home to a multitude of creatures, including crocodiles, Boyd’s rainforest dragons, bats, and snakes. One of its most beautiful features is Mossman’s Gorge, which has some very picturesque swimming holes.

Scuba dive at the Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is actually a system of over 2900 reefs, each of which constitutes a unique marine ecosystem. Stingrays and reef sharks are common in these waters, and near the Low Isles, you’ll find plenty of turtles. You’ll definitely want to go snorkelling or scuba diving here.

Lounge on Four Miles Beach

After a long day spent walking or swimming around, unwind on Four Miles Beach. The beach’s coconut trees and sand dunes will give you Caribbean vines. If you’re still feeling energetic, you can go swimming (within a netted area) or kite surfing here.

Eating out in Port Douglas

Enter an Aboriginal-led dining experience at Flames of the Forest, where you can pick at delicious meats under a silk canopy while local elders narrate tribal legends. For exquisite seafood, head to Salsa Bar and Grill, which also offers you great views of the sea. Origin Espresso makes soothing coffee out of locally roasted beans. They also sell cane delicious sugar juice. If you’re looking for burgers and pizzas with fiery beer, go to Hemingway’s Brewery, right by the waterfront.

Port Douglas Transport


The nearest airport is Cairns Airport (CNS), which is about 2.5 hours away by taxi or hire car. If you’d rather take a train, you can catch either the Spirit of Queensland or the Sunlander express.

Getting around Port Douglas

Within Port Douglas, the best way to get around is to hire a car. The most reliable car hire agencies in Port Douglas are Avis, Budget, and Thrifty. If you are travelling in a large group, consider opting for a minibus. Prebook with Enjoy Travel for the best weekend deals.

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FAQs about car hire in Port Douglas

Most frequently asked questions about hiring a car in Port Douglas

The distance between Sydney and Port Douglas is of 2,016 km.
The distance between Melbourne and Port Douglas is of 2,364 km.
The distance between Perth and Port Douglas is of 4,481 km.
When booking in advance with Enjoy Travel, the average cost of hiring a car in Port Douglas is just $29 AUD.
What’s the cheapest car hire in Port Douglas?
The minimum age to hire a vehicle in Port Douglas is 21 years of age.
Yes, it is allowed to add additional drivers to your car hire agreement in Port Douglas.
The most popular car to hire in Port Douglas is a Toyota Yaris; it’s easy to drive within the city, yet also reliable for longer distances.