Port Douglas Travel Information

What to pack?

Whatever the time of year, you will only need to pack lightly - at 16 degrees south of the Equator, the weather in Port Douglas is like Tahiti. Some nights during the winter months you many need a wrap and can wear long pants. However, most people are comfortable in dress shorts and shirts, summer dresses and light cardigans. Don't forget to bring your swimmers and you must wear sun protectionl to ensure you don't look like a tomato after a day out in the tropical sun.

Leave ties and suits at home - the dress code is casual and relaxed! Sandals, thongs or open shoes are a must, but if you plan on hiking the Bump Track, exploring the rainforests or going for a morning jog along Four Mile Beach, pack your runners.

Shopping and Currency

We always endorse free time for delegates when in Port Douglas, so they can explore the village and soak up the atmosphere. The main shopping precinct is located in Macrossan Street, however you will find treasures in Grant Street, Wharf Street and at the Reef Marina. Port Douglas has a large range of eclectic, boutique stores, with a few major brand stores jotted in between souvenir shops and restaurants. You can shop year round, 7 days a week.

The banks in Port Douglas include:

  • ANZ Bank
  • Bendigo Bank
  • Commonwealth Bank of Australia
  • National Australia Bank
  • Westpac Bank

Banks operate during week days, with 24-hour automatic teller machines available outside of these hours and located in Macrossan Street. You can find currency exchange facilities at banks, hotels and tour desks. All major credit cards are accepted as well as traveller's cheques.

Electricity voltage

Australian electricity is supplied at 230/240 volts (50 hertz), however some Port Douglas hotels will also provide 110 volt AC sockets (rated at 20 watts) for electric razors only. We recommend bringing an adapter/converter, unless the item has a multi-voltage option.

Mobile Coverage

Port Douglas has reliable mobile coverage with Telstra, Optus and Vodafone, however some carriers may experience black spots in different parts of the region. There is no mobile coverage once you cross the Daintree River into the Daintree Rainforest. For accurate coverage, check with your network.

Swim Safe

It is warm enough to swim all year round in Port Douglas and Daintree, however from November to June, box jellyfish or stingers, live in the coastal waters. The sting is very painful and in very rare cases fatal.

However you can swim year round at the Great Barrier Reef off Port Douglas, whilst wearing the recommend stinger suit or wetsuit (available for use on the majority of boats) during the summer months to protect from sunburn and the rare occurrence of jellyfish sting on the reef.

It is also possible to swim year round at Four Mile Beach Port Douglas with a swimming enclosure operating for the above months. Surf Lifesavers supervise swimmers at the beach and their advice must be followed. The beach will be closed when certain weather patterns occur and these closures must be adhered to.

Additionally, hotels and motels in Port Douglas have swimming pools. Fresh water rivers, waterfalls and pools around the region offer ideal opportunities for swimming. Never swim in far northern rivers and streams - always seek local advice as crocodiles may be present. Many areas are posted with warning signs also.