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Locals call this the “Waterhole Holiday Period,” and for good reason. The humidity means that the rainforests are thick and green, while the frequent rainy spells mean truly thunderous waterfalls. The Coral Sea is calmer than ever, with barely any winds to disturb its pristine waters, so it’s a great time for snorkelers and divers to catch a glimpse of decorator crabs, slipper lobsters, or paleo worms.
Days can be sweltering, especially if you’re in the sun. Go heavy on sunscreen and light on clothing for maximum comfort while immersed in outdoor activities.
Stinger nets go up around the beaches in November, but there’s no avoiding these jellyfish as you snorkel in the open ocean. Stinger-resistant wetsuits are provided by tour companies.
Take a leisurely stroll past Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina to marvel at the multi-million-dollar cruise ships, some as long as half a football field.
Monsoon season is in full swing, with evening thunderstorms getting darker and heavier in March. The torrential rainfall—called “curtain rain” by locals—brings out the incredible tropical splendor of the rainforest. Meanwhile, the Coral Sea sits calm and still on sunny, windless days. The reef is teeming with fish, including schools of brightly colored clownfish.
Hiking in the rain is a favorite activity in these parts. Join the locals puddle-stomping along the bush trails past streams and rivers at full force. You’ll get soaked, so waterproof your belongings.
May brings the town's biggest fair: the Port Douglas Carnivale. That’s a weekend bonanza featuring local foods and wines, live performances, and parades under the swaying palms of Port Douglas.
There’s so much to savour in winter, the middle of what locals more commonly refer to as the dry season. Balmy temperatures, clear skies, and fresh breezes make this prime beach season. This is one of the most popular times to visit the Great Barrier Reef, so remember to book your lodgings several months in advance.
Catch singing humpbacks or dancing minkes on their annual migration north while aboard a sailboat in the Great Barrier Reef. Don’t forget to drop by Low Isles, a sandy cay surrounded by the pristine turquoise waters of the Coral Sea.
Snorkeling and diving are especially popular because calm waters means great visibility for sweetlips and other colorfully named fish.
Weekends are made for cafe hops and bar crawls along the seaside Macrossan Street, where the local Sunday Market awaits. It’s a treasure trove of handcrafted jewellery, tropical souvenirs, and local delicacies.
Beach season continues into spring, when there are still plenty of sunny days. Watch out for occasional cloudbursts as the wet season approaches in November.
One of nature’s most awesome displays, coral spawning looks like an “underwater snowstorm.” When conditions are perfect, coral releases clouds of eggs that slowly float to the surface to be fertilized. It starts in October and extends to November or sometimes December.
Dangerous jellyfish haven’t made an appearance yet, making spring the safest time to go for a dip. Lifeguards patrol the beaches that are clearly marked with distinctive red-over-yellow flags.
Cool days are perfect for hikes through nearby Daintree Rainforest, where the thick tropical forests extend all the way to the water’s edge. Barron Falls Lookout Track and Mt Sorrow Ridge Walk are great places to start.
Hotels near the sights
- Four Mile BeachWith fine white sand stretching for miles, Four Mile Beach looks out onto the catamaran-dotted Coral Sea. Staying in any of the low-rise luxury resorts gives you ocean views, afternoon dips, and smoky evening barbecues. You might even spot curious mudcrabs and the odd sunbathing crocodile. The town’s best restaurants are less than a 10-minute walk away.Read more
- Flagstaff Hill LookoutAt Flagstaff Hill Lookout, the villa-style lodgings put you closest to the town’s high-altitude hiking trails and viewing platforms. In one direction, beach bums relax on the sand at Four Mile Beach; in the other, the Low Isles Light twinkles over the Coral Sea.Read more
- Wildlife Habitat Port DouglasNear the bustling entrance of Port Douglas is the town’s rainforest zoo, the family-friendly Wildlife Habitat. Just a short walk away are pretty parks, Palmer Sea Reef Golf Course, and the northernmost tip of Four Mile Beach.Read more
- Rex Smeal ParkLocated at the end of bustling Macrossan Street, Rex Smeal Park is a perfect spot for palm-shaded picnics. It’s near the vibrant Sunday Markets, where local artisans and jewellers peddle their handcrafted wares every weekend. Shopping, food, views—this area has it all.Read more
- Lazy Lizard Motor Inn, Pink Flamingo, and Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort - Port Douglas are some of the most popular hotels for travellers looking to stay near Four Mile Beach. See the full list: Hotels near Four Mile Beach.
- Popular hotels close to Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas include Paradise Links Resort, Pool Resort Port Douglas, and Titree Resort Holiday Apartments. See the full list: Hotels near Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas.
- Saltwater Luxury Apartments, Thala Beach Nature Reserve, and Hibiscus Resort & Spa have a spa and received excellent reviews from travellers in Port Douglas. See the full list: Spa Resorts Port Douglas.