PORT DOUGLAS SUNDAY MARKETS
The Port Douglas Sunday Markets are held on the breezy shores of the Coral Sea at Rex Smeal Park, next to St. Mary’s Chapel on Wharf Street. The iconic markets have been a permanent fixture in both visitor and local ‘must do’ activities if you happen to be in Port Douglas on a Sunday.
Follow your market visit with brunch and coffee at one of the cafes close by or settle in on a long lunch and watch the world go by.
TOP SPOTS FOR A BITE TO EAT
Port Douglas is a world class destination for high quality food and wine offered at over 60 restaurants and cafe’s scattered throughout the region. Dine amongst the Port Douglas restaurant precincts to secluded restaurants and cafes in the Daintree Rainforest and along hidden beachfronts.
All taste buds are catered for, from elegant fine dining restaurants to cafe’s, counter meals, takeaway and delivery options to suit the most discerning diner.
DAINTREE BUSH WALKS
The Daintree National Park holds the site of the oldest living rainforest on earth, the Daintree Rainforest. It is the only place in the world where two World Heritage-listed sites meet, the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef.
Enjoy beautiful nature walks among some of the oldest trees & habitats on earth. For more information of sites & walking tracks, click here.
Reasons to head to the Atherton Tablelands
Located just south of Cairns, the cooler-climate of the Atherton Tablelands features a huge variety of landscapes and attractions – from ranges and waterfalls to spectacular national parks and coffee plantations.
Millaa Millaa Falls are magnificent waterfalls surrounded by lush rainforest located on the Waterfalls Circuit, along with Zillie and Ellinjaa Falls. The falls cascade perfectly to a pristine waterhole below.
CHEESE CHEESE AND MORE CHEESE
Dairy farmers were among the first settlers in the Atherton Tablelands, arriving more than 100 years ago.
The industry is still thriving, and you can happily spend a few hours dairy-hopping, stopping off to taste ice-cream, gelato, cream, milk, yoghurt and cheese. Mungalli Creek Dairy is a stand-out, offering the largest range of biodynamic organic products in Tropical North Queensland. Visit in summer and autumn for the award-winning ricotta and feta.
The Crystal Caves
One of Australia's most spectacular private mineralogical collection with over 600 specimens such as Crystals, Gemstones and Fossils on display! The Crystal Caves is a Museum featuring hundreds of crystals, fossils. In business since 1983, The Crystal Caves sources jewellery worldwide. This virtual cave gives the feeling of finding these natural formations yourself. Carefully positioned and delicately lit, you are free to discover in your own time and encouraged to touch and photograph the crystals. Open your mind and put all expectations aside, this is not your average museum…
The Yungaburra Markets
Find all the region’s best producers in the one spot at a classic country market.
Yungaburra Farmers’ Market is the largest and oldest, and is held on the fourth Saturday of each month.
The market has embraced the food truck trend, so you can snack on crispy potato skewers, fresh ham and cheese croissants or flaky cannoli as you wander between the stalls. If you miss Yungaburra, there are other markets spread over each weekend of the month.
SKYBURY TROPICAL PLANTATION
Think of Mareeba as the Melbourne of the tropical north – they take their coffee seriously up here.
It’s one of the two major coffee-growing regions in the country with a number of small plantations producing high-quality beans.
Watch the beans being processed and sample a cup of the fine Arabica coffee. If you’re more of a tea drinker, visit the lush, green fields of the Tea Plantation near Malanda for an insider’s guide on how tea is grown and processe
All of the exceptional Tablelands produce can be found in great restaurants and cafes dotted throughout the region.
The Whistle Stop in Yungaburra is a local favourite, serving excellent coffee and sweet treats in a leafy, butterfly-filled courtyard. Try freshly smoked barramundi and (if you’re feeling adventurous) crocodile at Smokehouse Cafe at Tarzali Lakes Aquaculture Centre’s cafe or sample a little of everything with a Tableland antipasto platter at Nick’s Swiss-Italian Restaurant, also in Yungaburra.
Herberton - Tablelands Historic Village
A visit to the Historic Village Herberton is like stepping back in time. Showcasing Australia's rich and diverse history this outdoor pioneer museum is testament to an era that is long gone.
Open year round to visitors, the Village collects, preserves and displays fascinating historical exhibits from across Australia. The Village currently has over 60 original buildings that date from Herberton's foundation years.
Walking through the Village, visitors are given a sense of being in a real township complete with chemist, bottle collection, school, bank, grocer's store, frock salon, toy shop, mechanic, jail and more.
CRATER LAKES NATIONAL PARK
Crater Lakes National Park comprises of two separate sections—Lake Barrine and Lake Eacham. Both sections protect clear, blue crater lakes surrounded by cool rainforest. At Lake Barrine a walking track, giant bull kauri pine trees and privately-owned teahouse and boat cruises make it a popular stop for visitors. Lake Eacham, a favourite of locals and visitors alike, offers swimming, birdwatching, picnic areas and shady walking tracks.
GALLO DAIRYLAND FOR CHOCOLATE LOVERS
Love chocolate? Then you must visit Gallo’s! Gallo’s are famous on the Tablelands for the best handmade chocolates you will ever indulge in, all make on site by hand, by highly skilled chocolatiers. Utilising the finest ingredients and the freshest milk, just one Gallo chocolate will have you coming back for more.
MT, UNCLE DISTILLERY
Mt Uncle Distillery & Bridges Restaurant specialises in serving teas from across the world amidst a macadamia, avocado and banana plantation.
But let’s face it, the real reason to visit is for a tipple of top-tier spirits and liqueurs such as their Platinum White Rum.
Golden Drop Winery
Originally a tobacco plantation that diversified from the weed that kills to the fruit that nurtures, Golden Drop Winery was the first commercial mango winery in the world.
These days they’re cultivating luscious Kensington red mangoes to produce still and sparkling wines.
For a tropical tipple, Golden Drop Mango, 2km off the highway north of Mareeba, offers tastings ($5) of its unusual sweet mango wine.
SHOPPING IN PORT DOUGLAS
Port Village Shopping Centre is located in Macrossan Street the heart of Port Douglas approximately 60 km north of Cairns. With the convenience of undercover parking which provides easy access to the one level of outdoor shopping, Port Village is the one stop shopping destination, catering for all your everyday and holiday needs.
PORT DOUGLAS FOOD
Port Douglas boasts over 60 restaurants and cafes in total, all of varying budget levels and with differing outlooks, with the majority situated around the hub of Macrossan Street and others sprinkled throughout the region.
Renowned for incorporating seafood with a dash of tropical influence, but also covering a range of cuisines, Port Douglas‘ restaurants are varied enough to make for a new and refreshing dining experience each night, with the overall vibe being “upmarket casual”.
EXPLORE PORT DOUGLAS
Soak up the history of a once-remote frontier town filled with itinerant seamen and gold prospectors, browse the local art galleries, play a few rounds of golf or simply relax, and let your days slip lazily away on the beautiful white sands of Four Mile Beach. Just a short drive back from the coast, the spectacular rainforests of the Daintree and Cape Tribulation offer a verdant world brimming with open air adventures.
Set off into the jungle on an eye-opening night-time jungle adventure, challenge yourself to an invigorating hike or cool off with a dip in a natural pool under a cascading waterfall. Of course, there’s nowhere closer to the breathtaking world wonder of the Great Barrier Reef. The Low Isles — a lovely coral cay where you can snorkel and swim with green turtles — is within easy reach of our Port Douglas holiday rentals.