Port Douglas

Last Updated: 7th May 2012

<p>Port Douglas is located 67 kilometers north of <a href="/contikipedia/articles/cairns">Cairns</a>, North Queensland, Australia.</p> <p>Now a super-exclusive resort town, Port Douglas was first established in 1877 when Christie Palmerston cut a road through the rainforest and down the mountain range. Today it is a luxury holiday resort. and although Contiki Tours do not stay there, the Sheraton Hotel complex and golf course has created a secluded holiday resort getaway for the super rich and famous.</p> <p>The rows of palm trees, huge apartments and gate security staff who scrutinise mere tourists has allowed the rest of the town to grow into a posh but beautiful center of fashionable arcades and well-heeled shoppers.</p> <p>The village maintains and a certain aloofness that is in contrast the &#8216;anything goes&#8217; casual attitude larger southern neighbor. Port Douglas is a favorite holiday spot of former US President, Bill Clinton.</p> <p>Many Contiki tours heading into the tropical rainforest of the <a href="/contikipedia/articles/daintree-rainforest">Daintree</a>, north of Cairns, will stop into Port Douglas on their way to or from <a href="/contikipedia/articles/cape-tribulation">Cape Tribulation</a>. Other great places Visited between Cape Tribulation and Cairns include <a href="/contikipedia/articles/kuranda">Kuranda</a> and Mossman Gorge.</p>