settled in 1876 as a port to deliver goods to the local
goldfields the town was first surveyed in 1877 and named
after then Premier of Queensland John Douglas
1877-1879. The Kuku Yulariji tribe first inhabited the area
and quickly came into conflict with the white settlers
around this time. It was reported that the tribe had been
decimated by the 1890s. What was left of the tribe were
moved several times to different locations then finally to
the Mossman Gorge Reserve where they still live today.
Port Douglas and surrounds has a huge variety of adventure
and passive activities to experience, here is just a sample,
Golf at the Mirage Resort, 4WD safari to Cape Tribulation,
explore World Heritage Daintree rainforest, Skyrail to
Kuranda, ride the Lady Douglas Paddle Wheeler, sailing, find
miles of unspoilt beaches, see the Coral Reef, swim with
huge reef fishes, take a helicopter tour, or just go
shopping at the many boutique shops, then finish the day at
a classic Queensland style pub.
The treasures of this
location can be yours whether your travelling first class or
backpacking up the coast.
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In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local
tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local
maps and other information.