If you are lucky enough to be visiting any destination in Australia, you are sure to be rewarded with a holiday to remember. If however you are looking for something which is totally relaxing, indulgent, castaway in vibe, and a little, let’s say, sophisticated, then you need to be heading to North Queensland to find your ideal spot in the tropics.
Port Douglas, Queensland, is located just north of Cairns, and is known as being a popular jumping off point for diving and touring breaks in the Great Barrier Reef. Of course, we know this to be one of the most fascinating spots in the world, so combining a luxury break here with an exploration of the underwater world, is probably one of the best combinations you could make! Throw this together with one of the many types of accommodation on offer, and you really can put your feet up and get away from everyday stress and strain.
Due to the relaxing and laid-back nature of this destination, you need to find a base which reflects your needs, and if there are several of you visiting, i.e. a family or group, then renting a villa for the duration of your stay is the best idea. This not only saves you money, but it gives you a more home away from home, and relaxing feel to your break. There are many villas on offer, such as the luxurious but affordable Villa Getaways villas, with many different types to choose from – certainly check these out.
On top of where you stay, there are many activities to enjoy in Port Douglas, all with a glittering, relaxing, and luxurious feel. Lapped by the crystal clear waters of the Coral Sea, Port Douglas has many stunning beaches to kick back and relax on, with the gentle sway of palm and coconut trees as your backdrop. Four Mile Beach is a popular spot, and is, as the name suggest, four miles long! If you prefer to get active however, you are more than catered for too.
Why not hire a car and head to Cairns, passing along one of the most beautiful ocean roads you will ever set your eyes on? The World Heritage Site of the Daintree Rainforest is very nearby too, and this is where the rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef meet. This region is literally unspoilt and untouched, and gives you some amazing photography opportunities. Here you can also enjoy outdoor activities, such as bush walking, horse riding, diving, river cruising, ziplining, and sessions of tasting exotic fruits. This is an experience you certainly won’t forget!
Of course, no luxury break would be complete without a spot of shopping and a few spa facility treatments, and this is certainly catered for in Port Douglas. You will find many markets and shopping boutiques around the town, some high end and some more budget-worthy, depending on how much you have to spend. On top of this, there are some world-class spa facilities in Port Douglas too, so you can enjoy a massage, a reinvigorating treatment, or treat yourself to a manicure or pedicure, for example.
Port Douglas is certainly a destination to enjoy in many different guises, but if you’re after luxury and relaxation, you will struggle to find somewhere better.