5 Best Beaches in Port Douglas and How to Get There

When visiting Oceania, Port Douglas is an amazing place with beautiful beaches and great weather. There are many different kinds of beaches in Port Douglas: some are located on the Great Barrier Reef, others are near the centre of town and offer tourists great places to swim or snorkel, while others are farther away from town but still accessible by boat or kayak.

4 Mile Beach

4 Mile Beach is a great place to swim, snorkel and surf. It is patrolled by lifeguards all year round and there are plenty of cafes and restaurants nearby which makes it a good spot for families. To get to 4 Mile Beach, you can find transfers from Cairns Airport you can catch the bus or taxi transfer which takes about 20 minutes. The buses run every half hour from the airport terminals. Alternatively, if you have your own car then follow the signs for Port Douglas until you reach the main highway then turn onto Mossman Gorge Road where there are signs leading straight to 4 Mile Beach.

Oak Beach

Oak Beach is a beautiful beach located within Port Douglas. It’s not so much a destination as it is the perfect place to hang out after you’ve already explored the town, especially at low tide when the water pools and creates even more space for you to relax. The sand here is white, although there are some small rocks too. You can also expect a good amount of foot traffic during your visit so be prepared for that.

The best time of year to visit Oak Beach would be between December and March when Port Douglas’ weather conditions are milder than they would be during Australia’s summer months (December through February).

Rex Smeal Park Beach

Rex Smeal Park Beach is a small beach with a great view of the Whitsundays. The beach is protected by a reef, so it’s safe for swimming. This little gem is located in Port Douglas and can be reached by car or taxi.

It’s not a very wide beach, but it has plenty of space to enjoy the sun. The water is clear and safe for swimming. If you love snorkelling, this is an ideal place to do so.

Newell Beach

Newell Beach is a popular beach in Port Douglas. It is located on the northern end of Port Douglas, which makes it a good spot for boating, fishing and swimming. Newell Beach is also a great place to watch the sunset. You can get there by driving along Newell Beach road or turning off onto Esplanade Drive from Palmer Street.

Wonga Beach

Wonga Beach is a long beach with golden sand and turquoise water. It’s located in Port Douglas, so it’s easy to access by car or ferry. The beach is popular for swimming, snorkelling and diving, but it’s also a great place to watch the sunset. You can get there by taking a short walk from your accommodation in Port Douglas.


As you can tell, Port Douglas has a lot to offer. There are so many beaches and islands nearby that it’s hard to choose just one. It all depends on what kind of trip you want to take this summer – there is something available for everyone

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