Published: 11 March 2014 by: Tanya Joslin
 Head to Port Douglas for beaches, luxury accommodation and rainforest; photo: Tourism & Events Queensland
Sometimes you and your loved one just want to get away, but you don't have much holiday leave or an endless budget, either. Luckily, there are plenty of locations for delightful short break or weekend away escapes in Australia, where you can enjoy the beautiful scenery in our own backyard without the stress of major travel time. One stunning place for couples to take a romantic short break is the sunny township of Port Douglas, in tropical Queensland.

Paradise at Port Douglas

Here are some reasons why Port Douglas is such a great place for a romantic getaway or short break, and some tips on how couples can spend their time there when they are only on a quick romantic getaway.

Once you arrive, you'll see why Port Douglas has a reputation for attracting the rich and the famous. Many high-profile figures have holidayed here, including Bill Clinton, Tom Hanks and Mick Jagger. Its beach is one of its biggest drawcards, with white sand stretching on for miles and warm, clear water. The area is simply stunning - one of those picture-postcard beach towns which make Australia a world-class destination!

During peak season, there will be a safe 'between the flags' swimming area, which is watched over by surf lifesavers. This is usually at the end of the beach closest to the Port Douglas township.

Couples visiting Port Douglas for a short break or weekend getaway should be sure to aside plenty of time to wander the quaint streets of the village and soak up the tropical atmosphere. With its abundance of palm trees and peach-coloured sidewalk, North Queensland's Port Douglas is a veritable tropical paradise. There are plenty of cafes and ice-cream shops to help you cool off, and many bars and restaurants for couples to enjoy come nightfall.

In addition, there are a great number of both boutique fashion outlets and popular clothing chains so a short break or romantic getaway to Port Douglas can see you get your shopping fix, too. Port Douglas also boasts a great range of unique one-off shops selling local fare, including hand-crafted jewellery or woodwork, and other trinkets - be sure to get a locally crafted souvenir to remember your romantic escape to Tropical North Queensland. There are also local markets on every Sunday in Anzac Park where you will find many local, unique pieces and plenty of gorgeous locally grown fruit and vegetables ... you probably have not eaten produce as fresh and delicious as what you'll find from the local farmers at the markets here!

Port Douglas also happens to be close to some really great activities if you decide you ever want to leave the town and resort! Ride the beautiful Four Mile Beach, or stroll as the sun goes down, creating romantic memories that you'll both look back on fondly for years to come. Being so close to the Daintree National Park, you will want to put aside  a day to see this world-famous natural attraction - the world's oldest surviving rainforest! The rainforest contains a huge variety of life, from trees to flowers to animals, and is also the site of significant Aboriginal heritage. Take a walk or a guided tour, or experience one of the most adventurous activities on offer there, such as ziplining.

And if you are a couple who loves islands and beaches, you are in Tropical North Queensland so do not fear - there are plenty of outer island experiences on offer for you to experience while enjoying short break to Port Douglas! Port Douglas shares the same tropical latitude as Tahiti (who would have thought?), so you truly are in one of the world's most incredible tropical paradises. Be sure to do a trip out to the iconic Great Barrier Reef - there are a few cruises to choose from, but for the ultimate romantic experience, hire a helicopter and see this incredible site from the air. There is also Green Island where you can visit and spend the day snorkelling in the sheltered waters. Or kayak around Fitzroy Island before indulging in a gorgeous picnic on a private beach - bliss!

So if you're in search of a fantastic Australian short break - or even a long, romantic weekend - destination that offers couples looking for romance and the chance to create special memories in beautiful surrounds,  you should seriously consider visiting Port Douglas in Tropical North Queensland. Here, in Queensland's far tropical north - with two of the world's most famous sites, the Daintree and The Great Barrier Reef - on your doorstep, you will discover the best combination of stunning natural attractions, a laid-back beach-town vibe, romantic and luxurious accommodation, and peace and relaxation.  

Where to stay

Considering Port Douglas' roll-call of celebrity clientele, it's a no-brainer that there is plenty of luxury accommodation on offer. A number of world-class resorts are peppered throughout the region, many with beach-front access. From large, lagoon-style pools to five star restaurants and spa facilities, you won't want for anything at one of these establishments. Couples honeymooning or on a romantic getaway should get a room overlooking gardens or the pool, or indulge in a private villa for the ultimate getaway. Most luxury resorts also have shuttles or other transport options to the town centre, so you always have quick and easy access to everything the village has to offer. Depending on your budget, you might want to consider travelling to Port Douglas outside of peak-season. Often you can get some great deals during this time if you can live with the slightly less predictable weather. In addition, it can be nice to experience a resort and the town while they are quiet and without crowds. And, if you are looking for the perfect luxury and romantic accommodation we've got some great ideas with our Queensland Where to Stay directory. So what are you waiting for? 


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